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free musicSound Sunday is your weekly source of legal and free music downloads. This is the final edition of the year 2012 and a chance to say thank you! Thank you to all artists who share their music, thank you to everyone who support them by buying their music or attending their live shows, and thank you to all of you who keep this feature going. Happy New Year 2013!

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Free Song: The Toy Gun Conspiracy – The Night Will Never Die

Genre: alternative, pop, punk, rock


The Toy Gun Conspiracy is four piece alternative rock band from Hood River, Oregon. Quote from their Facebook page: “Through the death and destruction of all of the things that we will ever love, music will always live on.

The Night Will Never Die is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Ghost Ghost – No Clothes on Ragged Island

Genre: alternative, indie, folk, pop, rock

From their Bandcamp page: “Ghost Ghost is a New York-born ongoing music project lead by singer / songwriters Karl Ward (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Kevin Peckham (vocals, bass, keys). [No Glothes on Ragged Island presentss] ten songs based on the life of poet Edna St.Vincent Millay. Each song is a scene from Millay’s life, told in chronological order. All songs were written on February 21 2010.

No Clothes on Ragged Island is a free download from Bandcamp.

Canary Swing – Three Cord Rope

Genre: acoustic, indie, pop, rock, power pop

From their Facebook page: “This Gloucestershire based band started off life as an acoustic power pop three piece under the name Funky Horse Milk. with an added member and a new name, they are moving forward onto bigger and better live shows including Hyde Park for the 2012 Olympics and supporting the likes of ASH, We Are Scientists and Bastille. (…) Canary Swing manage to create a sound that is not only loveable but genuinely unique with a strong sense of considered musicianship!

Three Cord Rope is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Vanessa Peters – Blackout

Genre: acoustic, indie, americana, pop, folk, rock

From her Bandcamp profile: “One might expect a traveler like Vanessa Peters to create music tinged with exotic, foreign sounds. After all, she spent most of the last ten years living in and playing hundreds of shows across Europe. Some people leave home behind, but Vanessa Peters brought it along with her. Vanessa is a thoroughly American songwriter, crafting intelligent songs in her own style of Americana-influenced pop.

Blackout is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Laurence Made Me Cry – The Rain Song EP

Genre: alternative, indie, electronic, folk

From her Facebook page: “The artist behind Laurence Made Me Cry is multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby, a West Country girl at heart but now making roots in the Welsh capital Cardiff. There’s an odd familiarity about the music of Laurence Made Me Cry. Her songs bring with them a sense of timelessness and warmth like meeting up with an old friend. Whitby’s use of folk and rock roots combined with electronic instruments and organic sounds spawn a myriad of landscapes and pictures for the listeners’ imagination to delve into.

The Rain Song EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Cellarscape – Happy Holidays 2012

Genre: alternative, experimental, rock

Here is a belated holiday gift from Cellarscape. The four track EP, featuring the best tracks from previous albums can be streamed from VibeDeck.

From his Facebook page: “CELLARSCAPE is multi-instrumentalist Paul Terry’s moniker that he has been writing, recording, and performing under since 2003. Fusing haunting vocal harmonies to an eclectic mix of fragile/anthemic guitars, hypnotic orchestrations, and angular samples & drums, Cellarscape songs bristle with a cinematic presence.

Happy Holidays 2012 is a free download from VibeDeck.

Twisted Planet – A Kick In The System

Genre: alternative, ambient, rock, space rock

From the album page: “This is our debut album, it wasn’t recorded professionally by any means, but in a bedroom with some rented gear and a couple guitars. We’re both guitar players, but we used a rented bass, drum loops and keyboards to simulate a full band sound on our album. We hope we achieved that, and we sincerely hope you enjoy it!
Let’s get twisted!

A Kick In The System is a free download from Bandcamp.

Zapoppin’ – Introducin’ Zapoppin’

Genre: alternative, indie, folk

From the album page: “Remastered in 2011. The Introducin’ Zapoppin’ EP was put together to promote the band on our European tour in 2009. The record features four of the best recordings from the first two albums as well as two outtakes taken from the Parma Violence sessions: Go, Get The Tarp and Hey, Bad Temper.

Introducin’ Zapoppin’ is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Urchin Collective – Urchin Sampler I

Genre: alternative, folk, folktronica

From their Bandcamp profile: “Urchin Collective is a movement of independent musicians based in Ireland operating in the genres of avant garde electronica, folk, Irish language, trad, alternative and indie. Inspired by the work of other Irish and international collectives, in the next year we will release a sampler of our music and perform several curated events. We have words. We have spirit. Come join us.

Urchin Sampler I is a free download from Bandcamp.

weareallghosts – …ending the year on a high 2012

Genre: ambient, compilation

From their Bandcamp profile: “Founded by music fan Thomas Mathie aka Headphonaught as a means of giving back to the independent music community…… is a small non-commercial netlabel based in Motherwell, Scotland; that specialises in ambient electronic soundscapes but is open to other styles of music.

…ending the year on a high 2012 is a free download from Bandcamp.

Alun Vaughan – Lullabies

Genre: experimental, instrumental, jazz, funk, rock

Alun Vaughan plays bass and other instruments. Lullabies is a simple and quiet record. Five short songs and roughly eight minutes later and you’re much relaxed, if not fast asleep.

Lullabies is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

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  1. Tara Moser
    December 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I love all the great picks this time. I now have some new bands to check out. What a great way to ring in the new year.

  2. Macwitty
    December 31, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Thanks Tina for the music! Happy new music year!

  3. Farhad Shah
    December 31, 2012 at 8:03 am

    great article!

  4. Deloris Hardin
    December 31, 2012 at 3:54 am

    thanks have a happy new year .

  5. Deloris Hardin
    December 31, 2012 at 3:52 am

    this is kool.