The summer is passing fast as we are already one full week into August. Whether you’re enjoying your well deserved vacation or trying to get off of school or work fast to enjoy the sun, I hope you’ll take some Sound Sunday with you. This week’s mix slightly weighs towards ambient and electronic music.
As always, if you find something you enjoy, please spread the word among your friends, buy the physical copy of the album, donate some cash, or go see the artist live. Thank you.
Good Old Neon – Radiant City
Genre: pop, indie, ambient
|As announced in a previous Sound Sunday article, London-based indie band Good Old Neon now released their second album Radiant City. Like their debut album This Is The News it is available for free.The album Radiant City can be downloaded from their Homepage. No strings attached.|
Severed Fifth – Denied by Reign
Genre: metal, thrash, death metal
|Harsh vocals and guitars dominate the songs of this metal band from the California Bay Area. Jono Bacon, the man behind every sound, has developed an interest in how far free music will go. His band’s debut album is published under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license that allows fans to remix and work with the material. A second album is about to be released.The album Denied by Reign can be downloaded in .ogg or .mp3 format from their .|
ILL Vibe and Ordeal – Michael Jackson’s Milk
Genre: hip hop, rap, lyrical
|Michael Jackson’s Milk is a collaborative work of Ordeal and his friend Vibe in which they follow up on their many arguments. It’s also an attempt to explain their music to their fans. What all of this has to do with Michael Jackson, I am not quite sure.The album can be downloaded directly from Bandcamp.|
Sylvain the Librarian – Staff Only No Vikings
Genre: pop, rock, folk
|This artist is in fact a librarian from Marseille, France. Former front man of the dissolved indie rock band ex-magnolia, he has been recording and releasing music on his own since 2006.This album can be downloaded from Bandcamp (no longer available) for a minimal exchange of information. At Bandcamp you will also find his 2008 debut album Amateur.|
Mooma – Herd Forming
|If you were looking for that perfect album to perform Yoga or Thai Chi to, here it is. Mooma has created an album that is pure musical peace. The album was released in 2006 under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike license.Download the music straight from Mooma’s Homepage.|
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves – Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
Genre: indie, rock, jazz
|After releasing two EPs that were downloaded over 6,000 times, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves have now released their debut album Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex? for free. The album is a solid piece of indie rock. The band will be touring North America throughout November. Maybe you’ll have a chance to see them.Get the album from the band’s Homepage, no questions asked.|
The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
Genre: robot rock
|This band from Ireland categorizes their musical style as robot rock. It’s definitely rock with bits of punk mixed in. Chariot is their debut album, which they are promoting on several gigs in Ireland during the month of August.Chariot is a free and direct download from Bandcamp.|
Tom Sinclair – 3
Genre: alternative, ambient, minimalist
|Tom Sinclair is a bit of a mystery. The homepage link provided on Bandcamp is dead, and I wasn’t sure whether the Tom I found on MySpace was really the same Tom who produced this free album here. However, the music and some of the song titles of previous albums were a confirmation.Tom’s album 3 is a name your price download from Bandcamp. No further questions asked. Also check out his two previous albums.|
Tom Sinclair MySpace and .
Beat Connection – Surf Noir
Genre: pop, dance, indie
|This Seattle duo must be all about the music. No homepage, no Twitter, no Facebook, at least none I could find. Meanwhile, the music is keeping me well entertained. Great stuff!Surf Noir is served by Bandcamp with no input required.|
Beat Connection MySpace.
Zalza – Back to the Chipland
Genre: chip music, electronica
|Back to the Chipland is a compilation of 22 spiced up chiptracks from Zalza. It’s a fine collection of chip music. The album title goes back to the artist’s first song, released in 1998. Along with the melodic Wiener Schnitzel, the fast-paced track Back to the Chipland is one of my favorites.The download comes as .zip or .rar file through the .|
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