Sound Sunday is a weekly feature sharing free albums in various genres of artists from around the world. Just in time for a Halloween warm-up, this edition brings you 10 wonderful treats, some in the mood of the season and some quite different.
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Spiral – Your Kindness Let a Monster In
Genre: progressive, darkwave, gothic, psychedelic, ambient, rock
From their Facebook page: “Spiral is busy at work recording a holiday album. Both Aaron and Chris remember how other bands’ holiday records brought them such joy and happiness, for instance John Denver’s Christmas record or Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”. In order to release something that we hope will also bring holiday spirit to the homes of all our beloved fans, we ask that you look out for Spiral’s holiday record: “Your Kindness Let a Monster In” which will be released on October 31st 2011. Halloween day.”
Spiral was previously featured on Sound Sunday with their albums The Capital in Ruins, Machine, and Citizen.
Your Kindness Let a Monster In is a free download from Bandcamp.
Nordvargr – Tyglad Best Sampler
Genre: ambient, experimental, dark, drone, electronic, synth
The man behind Nordvargr is Swedish musician Henrik Nordvargr Björkk. The subtitle of his upcoming album Tyglad Best, to be released on November 14th, is “celebrating 40 years of nightmares.” The occasion is Hendrik’s 40th birthday.
Tyglad Best Sampler is a free download from Bandcamp.
Sweetheart – Map Of The Human Heart
Genre: indie, pop, rock
From their Facebook page: “What holds the 4 boys of Sweetheart together is a love for each other and the ability to see life through triumph and pain. And what better way to express these emotions through making music. Hailing from Vancouver Canada, Sweetheart was formed in 2004, where fate intervened earlier that same year when Marty (guitar and lead vocals) and MK (drums) bumped into each other at a party in Vancouver not having seen each other since their Victoria childhood. Talk of old times, exploits, and a few rehearsals later, made the pair realized their similar music interests and instant chemistry. From then on it was clear what the duo wanted to do, create what they call “emotional event music” or break up music, make up music, first date music, fight music, party music, any music that was written with emotion and would evoke and emotional response.”
Map Of The Human Heart is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Shawn Smith – Sunshine
Genre: acoustic, dance, rock, soul, piano
From his Wikipedia page: “Shawn Smith is a Seattle-based songwriter, vocalist and musician in several bands (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed) and also as a solo artist.”
Sunshine is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Incan Abraham – Ancient Vacation
Genre: ambient, psychedelic, pop, shoegaze
From their Facebook page: “A new project among old friends, Incan Abraham was conceived through the distillation of years of side projects and former callings. The band spent its first month of existence in a cabin in upstate NY, throwing sounds against the walls and at each other until the very first recordings were completed. Returning to LA, we released our Adult World EP in August 2010, and our next concoction, SUNSCREEN, in January 2011. Now, we are proud to take you on a new adventure — “Ancient Vacation” — hitting your eardrums [since] October 11th…”
Ancient Vacation is a free download from Bandcamp.
Robbie Sea – Selftitled EP
Genre: acoustic, funk, pop
Robbie Sea is an independent artist from the UK. He writes about the second song on the album, The Dealer: “This song’s about the drink & drugs culture we live in today. And how the two most harmful drugs on offer are the ones we can buy over the counter. But they’re legal, so it’s ok to get messy on them & do stupid stuff… what?!”
Robbie Sea’s Selftitled EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Matt Erion Jazz Orchestra – 40th Birthday Jam Session
Genre: bebop, big band, jazz, improvised
From the Bandcamp page: “For my 40th birthday, got together a bunch of friends and read through big band charts I’d written over the course of my career. Alcohol, food and sight reading aren’t always the best mix. These are all originals. There was a lot of other music recorded, and just as soon as I get the clearances I’ll post the rest. Not.”
40th Birthday Jam Session is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Moths Trail – Selftitled
Genre: ambient, instrumental, soundtrack
The Moth’s Trail is an obscure music project based in Bristol, UK.
The Moths Trail is a free download from Bandcamp.
Alaclair Ensemble – Un PIOU PIOU parmi tant d’autres
Genre: electronic, pop, hip hop
This band from Montréal re-defines Hip Hop the Québecois way. From their Bandcamp page. “Once upon a time, there was a piu piu free of charge surfing over the intranets and its location was right here: alaclair.com”
Un PIOU PIOU parmi tant d’autres is a free download from Bandcamp.
Noah23 – Occult Trill II: The Sun Rewinds
Genre: psychedelic, occult, hip hop
From his Tumblr Bio: “Noah23 is an international Hip Hop phenomenon, Synchromystic Technoshaman and underground legend who has been rapping since the mid 90s. He was born in Natchez Mississippi and grew up amongst the influential indie hotbed of Guelph Ontario Canada. He has performed and sold his abstract psychedelic inspired rap records across the world and released over 20 projects and albums.”
Occult Trill II: The Sun Rewinds is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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