Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every Sunday we invite you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. In this edition you will find a variety of EPs and albums from incredibly talented artists.
Note that name your price albums can be downloaded for free by entering 0 in the prize field. That said, we strongly recommend you to donate a few dollars for music you enjoy!
We welcome you to submit your music, suggest us free albums your discovered, or request genres we haven’t covered in a while. For all Sound Sunday related inquiries, please contact Tina [tina at makeuseof dot com].
Free Song: Charlene Kaye – Hummingbird Heart
Genre: indie, pop, folk, rock
One thing Sound Sunday is lacking is a balance of female and male voices. Since the market of free albums is dominated by male artists, I take every opportunity to provide space for female talent. Charlene Kaye is a singer-songwriter from New York. Child of two professional musicians, music defined her younger years. She took lessons in several different classical instruments, including saxophone, classical piano, and the violin. As a teenager she discovered punk and invested in a Fender Stratocaster.
SKYPILOT – EP
Genre: rock, stadium rock, art rock
Earlier this year I featured SKYPILOT’s single Harold on Sound Sunday. Meanwhile, the band has released their debut EP.
From their press kit:
Wailing guitars, galloping drums, and soaring vocals are the core elements of Brisbane, Australia stadium rock 3-piece, SKYPILOT. Formed in 2009 from the ashes of a collective of Brisbane bands, Simon Crossley, Matt Flynn, & Dan Lane joined forces to punch out some seriously catchy and grand scale songs.
“This EP is us trying to find a musical landscape we like to exist in, together. Five different worlds we like to visit. No need for commerce to influence this recording finding its place. Pay what you like, or don’t – It’s yours.”
Simon Crossley – SKYPILOT
With a similar sonic appeal of Grand Atlantic meets The National meets U2, SKYPILOT take you on a journey through atmospheric rock soundscapes all the way to chaotic crescendos. Not to be missed live.
SKYPILOT’s debut EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Steel Toed Slippers – Selftitled
Genre: classic rock, modern funk, jazz, blues, rock’n’roll, funk rock
From the album page: “Kenny Gradney, bassist of legendary American band Little Feat, took us into the studio after we asked him to play bass on one track we were going to do with another producer. We ended up making an entire album at Johnny Lee Schell’s (Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, B.B. King). He then got Ed Cherney to mix it. It’s been an amazing journey and experience working with some of our heroes.”
The selftitled album Steel Toed Slippers is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Mortdelamer – Leech
Genre: alternative, progressive, rock
From their Facebook Biography: “Mortdelamer are a 3 piece, female fronted rock band hailing from Wiltshire. The trio have spent the last 3 years relentlessly gigging and racking up studio time perfecting their live performance which is described in reviews as powerful and wall breaking. With catchy riffs, soaring guitar solos and melodic vocal melodies, they are often told they sound too big to be a 3 piece.”
Leech is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Casting Call – Life Goes On
Genre: alternative, pop, punk, pop-punk
Casting Call is a four piece pop punk band from New Haven, Connecticut. The band masters the spectrum from dirty, fast-paced punk to more poppy tunes based on acoustic guitars, although never missing the punk-heavy vocals. Nights Like These is the highlight of this five song EP, which has an interesting finale.
Life Goes On is a free download from Bandcamp.
Much The Same – Caught Off Guard
Genre: melodic, hardcore, punk, rock
Much The Same split up in 2007, after surviving 8 band years, 12 members, 2 albums, an EP (Caught Off Guard), and 500 shows in 12 different countries. It wasn’t until March 2011 that they played their farewell concert in Chicago. What survives is their music, including this free EP.
Caught Off Guard is a free download from Bandcamp.
Evan P. Donohue – Late Autumn Cassette
Genre: rock, rock’n’ roll, surf rock, rockabilly
Even P. Donohue is an independent rock’n’roll musician from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Nashville Scene writes: “The most immediate comparison one is likely to make in describing fresh-faced local power-popper Evan P. Donohue is to Elvis Costello. And the reason isn’t just the glasses. Like the early material of the bespectacled king of brainy geek-rock, Donohue’s songs are literate hyper-pop anthems for the brokenhearted. The biggest difference is that where Costello espoused a palpable anger and bravado in his songwriting, Donohue has a carefree air of romanticism to his lovelorn pining. Fans of nervy awk-rock from favorites of the Stiff Records catalog to pre-Y2K Weezer should take notice.”
Late Autumn Cassette is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Mountebank – At Sunset
Genre: alternative, indie, pop, shoegaze
Mountebank are Camille and Ludo, an independent duo from Lomoges, France. The met at a joint concert of their two previous bands, became friends, and started making music together. Their band name is based on the Tarot card The Magician, which symbolizes personal potential.
At Sunset is a free download from Bandcamp.
Little Kim & the Alley Apple 3 – Riding the Rails
Genre: jazz, swing, western
From the album page: “The story of “Little Kim & the Alley Apple 3” begins with an ad in the music section of “Den Artiest”. By the end of 2007 Kimberly (Vocals) was looking for a new musical project … in the tradition of the great female performers of the hot jazz era, like: Kay Star, Billie Holiday, Maxine Sullivan, Mildred Bailey, the Boswell Sisters, …
By the time Tom (Guitar) answered her ad … he had already gathered around two fine musicians: the boy wonder of the lap steel guitar Pat Cattoir & the man with a plan Slappin’ Slim (Bull Fiddle). Their intention was to go on the road with self written material … in a traditional honky tonk style … the kind Hank Williams would have liked.
When Kimberly and the gang finally met on a cold and windy winter evening, you could tell … there was an immediate spark of inspiration between the four … a spark that hasn’t dimmed since …”
Riding the Rails is a free download from Bandcamp.
Moldover – Selftitled
Genre: electronic, IDM, funk, rock
From Moldover’s homepage: “If technology and music are your life, brace yourself – MOLDOVER is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by 700,000 YouTube viewers as “The Godfather of Controllerism”, Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is “literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel” (Remix Magazine). Witness his balls-to-the-wall LIVE SHOW at a club, experience his MULTIPLAYER MUSIC INSTALLATIONS at a festival, or pick up and play the “LIGHT THERAMIN” packaging of his debut album and understand why the next paradigm for music is a one-man-brand called Moldover.”
The selftitled album Moldover is a free download from Bandcamp.
Mosaic Manifesto – The Butterfly Effect
Genre: ambient, electronic, instrumental, chillout
From his Bandcamp profile: “Mosaic Manifesto is a project by California-based composer, musician and producer Clark Westmont. Combining elements of ambient, chill, classical, blues, jazz, trip hop and generally a bunch of stuff I made up, the music strives to simultaneously sooth and stimulate.”
About the album: “The Butterfly Effect is the idea from chaos theory that even infinitesimal changes can lead to unpredictably large impacts on a grander scale — ergo, a butterfly flapping its wings may be the catalyst to trigger a hurricane. From a societal perspective, it follows that even a single person can make a difference in the world — against unbelievable odds. Musically, the concept ideally connects on multiple levels. First, perhaps a soft touch can generate unexpected power. Second, maybe a few moments of music can help to make our world a little bit better in ways we cannot foresee.”
The Butterfly Effect is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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