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free musicHave a great Sound Sunday!

Every week is a new experience, learning new things, meeting new people, and growing beyond yourself. You compile the soundtrack of your life. Take it on the road and let it help you see things in a new light. Hopefully, you will find elements you would like to take along in this edition of Sound Sunday.

If you want to push Sound Sunday in a different direction, post your feedback in the comments or send your suggestions to tina at makeuseof dot com.

Donnie Walden III – As Simple as it Gets

Genre: acoustic, alternative, pop, folk, reggae

From his Bio: “i have been passionate about music and performing since i was a boy. as i grew my love for the art and creativity in all aspects of the industry i began to understand where i ultimately wanted to be. on stage. on records. i live to create and share my music and it’s message with anyone who will listen. i try to envision melodies intertwining with new and old genres. trying to merge different cultures because in all reality, the more we differentiate ourselves without accepting each other, the farther we grow apart. music can change a person’s reason to live, or reason to die. it can impose ideas, and generate conception. it is a reason to live in this reality. it is what keeps me alive. i am here to share my journey of creating, sharing, believing, and ultimately learning to love through a shared feeling. the feeling of music.


As Simple as it Gets is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Black Bullet Promise – The Truth, My Dear

Genre: indie, americana, country, folk

From their Bandcamp profile: “So…. As the story goes….a few years ago we were recording a Tom Waits tune…I was drinking…..somehow we both ended up with guitars and spent the next few hours recording one song after another…..having no lyrics…..increasing this idea of some great American tale of lust and murder… the day went on it became more defined as some moral play about a train riding serial killer who really only wanted to fill his heart with the love of one who was lost…..

For a few years this idea churned and burned in our heads as William continued onward and I continued downward….until this spring with the help of our mutual love of Zimmerman we decided to finally make this story whole…one that had a beginning and no ending…or was it the opposite?

The Truth, My Dear is a free download from Bandcamp.

Elias – E – Sidez

Genre: alternative, indie, melodic, rock, electronic

This E – Sidez album features three exclusive remixes by Shawn Penner from the album Lasting Distraction of the Vancouver, British Columbia based rock band Elias.

E – Sidez is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Skinny Minnies – Remote.

Genre: indie, pop

The Skinny Minnies is an indie pop band from Toulouse, France. Mikael, Clement, Tom, and Camille have recently released their first EP, which contains four fast paced pop songs with a lot of positive energy.

Remote. is a free download from Bandcamp.

Nouveau Vélo – Courgette Demo

Genre: healing, pop

Unlike the band and album name suggest, Nouveau Vélo are not a french band. They are in fact Dutch. Free translation from their Facebook bio: Not cool, not fast, not smooth, they bring you authentic tunes, sunny and ragged.

Courgette Demo is a free download from Bandcamp.

Spiral – The Capital in Ruins

Genre: progressive, rock, psychedelic, concept album

After Citizen and Machine, this is Spiral’s third concept album featured on Sound Sunday. This this album they are heading to the future. As they have revealed on their Facebook page, it the album is a sci-fi re-telling of Irving’s ‘Rip Van Winkle’.

The Capital in Ruins is a free download from Bandcamp.

Lamplight Forest – The Flag Maker

Genre: ambient, electronic, experimental, sound art, collage

Lamplight Forest is the musical project of Al Thumm. From the project’s homepage: “This is an organically growing, ever changing online public exhibition of my work – music, design, art, poetry, all the things I love to create, together in one place – to share with people, because that’s what I live for.

The Flag Maker is a free download from Bandcamp.

Kannon and Monk – Chillin Like A Villain Vol. 8

Genre: hip hop, jazz, rhythm & blues, soul

Bandcamp intro: “Chillin Like A Villain Vol. 8 features 26 tracks by some of the up and coming names in hip hop, as well as some veterans to the game. You’re going to be tempted to download a song here, and a song there, but I would encourage you to download the mixtape as a whole, to get the full Chillin Like A Villain experience.

Chillin Like A Villain Vol. 8 is a free download from Bandcamp.

chill-40-11 – chill.04

Genre: ambient, electronic

free music download chill.04 is a compilation from the Chill label. Translation from the album page: “The word compilation in this case is misleading because the material despite the diversity of species represents a coherent whole. From ambient landscapes, through psychedelic chill, to break’a.  

Tangle species, electronics of all kinds in the characteristic style of Chill label.

You can preview chill.04 on Grooveshark and download the album free from the Chill label hompepage.

Brian James Kapler – Young and eager

Genre: electronic, pop, rock

From his Reverbnation profile: “After fronting acclaimed New York rock band Permanent Me singer/songwriter Brian James Kapler blends the snarl of punk with the catchy hooks of electro/pop in this giant dance party for the ages.

Young and eager is a free download from Bandcamp.

New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here.

Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material, suggestions, and feedback or simply add your comments below.

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  1. Hardingm
    May 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    It would seem that Lamplight Forest is *not* a free download.

    • Tina
      May 13, 2011 at 8:20 am

      You are right, it no longer is.

      The thing with Bandcamp is that free downloads are limited to 200 copies. There is no publicly visible counter to indicate when this number will be reached. The albums then go from free to pay, unless the artist buys more free downloads. In addition, bands can decide to switch their album from free to pay any time, which I think is what happened here.

      That's why I recommend you to catch the latest edition of Sound Sunday no later than Monday and download everything you like immediately.

  2. Joshua
    May 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I'm a big Muse fan and find Elias has a similar sound in some of their songs. In particular:

  3. Joshua
    May 11, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Great post, thank you. I think I just fell in love with a new (to me) artist. :)

    • Aaron Frale
      May 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Mind if I ask which one?

    • Tina
      May 12, 2011 at 9:16 am

      Thank you for the feedback, Joshua!

  4. los angeles dj
    May 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Really like
    Nouveau Vélo – Courgette Demo. Unfortunately it is not free as advertised.

    • Tina
      May 10, 2011 at 10:52 am

      Yes it is free! Here is the direct download link.

      Keep in mind that free downloads are limited to 200 on Bandcamp. When this number is surpassed the download goes from free to pay, unless the artist purchases more free downloads. This is what may have happened in this case.

  5. Chris Boat
    May 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks Tina, your posts always get us the most traffic! Chris from Spiral.

    • Aaron Frale
      May 9, 2011 at 2:09 am

      Ditto! I'm sure other the great artists you feature here will agree, there is nothing better for an independent artist than to know people are listening. Your posts help make that happen! Aaron from Spiral.

      • Tina
        May 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

        Thanks for the feedback, guys! And glad you are receiving attention! :)