Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. This week I am clearing out my collection of electronic albumsand am sharing with you the finest of what I have collected over the past months. As a perfect transition from last week, two electronic dance rock albums will ease you into this edition. And you shall be released with two relaxing ambient electronic recordings.
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WE ARE FM – SEASON ONE
Genre: dance, electronic, rock
Translated from their Bandcamp profile: “WE ARE FM is an alternative / rock / electro band from Amsterdam. Next to peforming live for three years, the band worked on their first album SEASON ONE, which is entirely free to download on www.wearefm.nl.”
SEASON ONE is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Coins – Selftitled
Genre: dance, electronic, house
Coins is a “maker of Dance music” from Toronto, Canada.
Coins is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Masses – The Electric Information Age Album
Genre: electronic, experimental, rock, spoken word
From the album page: “On July 15, 1967, a vinyl proposition packaged in a dangling preposition was released into the world under the title of the book that inspired it. I’m talking about “the first spoken arts record you can dance to,” issued by Columbia Records as an acoustical interface to the Jerome Agel and Quentin Fiore cut-and-paste Marshall McLuhan paperback primer The Medium is the Massage.
The LP in question was a free-standing remix: an acoustical roller-coaster ride through whispers and shouts, ethereal theorizing and Laugh-In humor, studio wizardry and lollipop clips, conversational chitchat and prophetic pronouncements. It prefigures the present LP just as The Medium is the Massage figures as the centerpiece of The Electric Information Age Book (TEIAB), the print exploration produced by Adam Michaels and myself on a window in the history of industrial paperbacks when they became sites for multimedia experimentation. The window remained open for less than a decade and the ludic pairing of print and sound was mostly ignored. (…)
Sixties critics (Cameron aside) may have proved deaf. But THE MASSES have heard the call from the distant shore of another cybernetic age. Our reply takes the form of a vinyl bridge to The Medium is the Massage; a performed reading and reading performance of a book; an acoustical interface to TEIAB that we are calling The Electric Information Age Album (TEIAA).”
The Electric Information Age Album is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
NoGoodInk – Testing the Waters
Genre: electronic, bass, dubstep, hardstyle, techno
From his Facebook page: “Hey, I am Cade or NoGoodInk, a 15 year old Electronic Bass Music producer. My goal always has been to make an impact on you through music.”
Testing the Waters is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Mr. Bill – Suave
Genre: electronic, idm, house, dubstep, glitch hop
From his Bandcamp profile: “This project is based around evocation, I like to write music that excites the ear and the brain. This requires me to explore all sorts of strange production methods and musical theories to keep exciting my senses.”
Suave is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Color Theory – Free Sampler
Genre: indie, electronic, synthpop
From the Bandcamp profile: “I‘ve always been a computer geek, but I started music lessons at the relatively late age of 13. I grew up on a steady diet of Depeche Mode and classical piano. My music combines those two great loves.”
The Free Sampler is a free download from Bandcamp.
Thriftworks – Rainmaker
Genre: experimental, electronic, beats, downtempo, dubstep
Thriftworks is the solo project of Bay Area artist Jake Atlas.
Rainmaker is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Vostok 1 – Funkynaut Club
Genre: electronic, disco, house
From their Facebook page: “Vostok-1 is a disco/french house band from Guadalajara, Spain formed by Ignacio R. Vostok-1 was the first human spaceflight, carried by the Soviet Union in 1961, reaching the first human into outer space as well as the first orbital flight of a manned vehicle with the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The musical project of Vostok-1 tries to make some filtered house music, focusing on 80s samples and sounds, as well as house rhythms without forgetting to include some distinctive elements.”
Funkynaut Club is a free download from SoundCloud.
Archangel – Project: Rave
Genre: electronic, chiptune, 8bit, bitpop, gamewave
Archangel is a Swedish electronic music project. Project: Rave received a thorough review from Oliver Arditi. Here is an excerpt: “A considerable creative effort has gone into making this music: its artistic focus is more on its specificities of timbre, and the precise manipulation of its stylistic vocabulary, than on any compositional complexities. 8-bit is a genre whose central characteristic is its simplicity, but Project: Rave retains the value of that while manipulating its materials to create a relatively nuanced statement. Generating atmospheres that are spooky or amusing by turns, this album gives great geeky satisfaction, without sacrificing on kinetic energy, and while I doubt I’ll have it on heavy rotation for long, it’s undoubtedly catchy enough to bear repeated listening. A very fun and individual project.”
Project: Rave is a free download from Bandcamp.
Machinefabriek – De Jonge Jaren
Genre: experimental, ambient, electronica
From Machinefabriek’s Wikipedia page: “Machinefabriek’s music combines elements of ambient, modern classical, minimalism, drone and field recordings. His pieces unfold as ‘films without image’, with a sharp ear for detail.”
De Jonge Jaren is a free download from Bandcamp.
Earlyguard – Momentum
Genre: ambient, electronic
From the album page: “This work was composed and recorded live on August 31 2012 during a MIxlr Internet Broadcast. It was such a positive experience to perform and broadcast my music live that I decided to release “Momentum” as a regular album. If you missed the transmission you can share this moment in time here with me now. And if you even enjoyed my live performance on Mixlr then you can bring back the memory of that moment here again.”
Momentum is a free download from Bandcamp.
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