With this edition Sound Sunday returns to a balanced mix of genres, including pop, rock, punk, metal, ambient, hip hop, and folk. We re-visit several artists that have previously been featured on Sound Sunday. Since I wanted to share some really good EPs with you, this edition contains 11 albums.
Are you an artist and do you use Bandcamp? You may be interested in Bandalizer, a project recently launched by a fellow musician known as Tangram or Péter Fabók. It’s not free, but reasonable and offers a 30 day trial period.
Please share your thoughts and post your feedback in the comments. I also welcome album suggestions and genre requests via email [tina at makeuseof dot com]. All input appreciated!
Overhead, The Albatross – Mr. Dog
Genre: instrumental, electronic, pop, post rock
From their Facebook page: “We started the band to have some fun and play some gigs and that’s what we’ve doing, at the start of the year we released our first E.P. called “Lads With Sticks”, a series of great shows around Ireland followed and more recently we completed successful tour of the U.K.” Lads With Sticks was featured in a previous edition of Sound Sunday.
Mr. Dog is a free download from Bandcamp.
Jerkagram – We’ve Only Come to Leave
Genre: instrumental, psych, ambient, rock
From their Facebook page: “Jerkagram consists of a duo of brothers from Connecticut. After writing and playing shows for quite some time, they have released their debut record, We’ve Only Come to Leave, and plan to tour in support of it in late 2011.”
We’ve Only Come to Leave is a free download from Bandcamp.
Galaxy Of Tar – The Covers EP
From their bio: “Your ancestors are being awoken by dark merchants.They are crawling out from inside your chest because they have heard and cannot ignore the drum. They are being pelted and baptized by a voice of metal rain. They are being called out by the restless natives of a dark future. They are being initiated into a Galaxy of Tar.” Their album Pneuma was featured in a previous edition of Sound Sunday.
The Covers EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Matt Stevens – Ghost
Genre: acoustic, experimental, instrumental, post rock, progressive rock
From his Facebook Biography: “Matt Stevens is a musician and composer from North London. An instrumental artist, he uses an acoustic guitar and a sampler to create multi layered tracks live. His music is compared with artists as diverse as Radiohead and Robert Fripp. He plays live all over the UK. Recent full page interviews in Acoustic magazine and Classic Rock Presents Prog and positive reviews in R2, Progression and Alarm Press.” Music from Matt Stevens was previously featured on Sound Sunday with the Spender Park Music Label Sampler.
Ghost is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Grand Hotel Paradox – Louder Than Lyrics
Genre: experimental, indie, punk
From their Facebook Biography: “Grand Hotel Paradox is a DIY & independent punk band. Grand Hotel Paradox makes music that experiments with harmony, rhythm and texture a little more than most punk music, whilst still giving precedence to lyrics.” Their album First World Problems was also featured on Sound Sunday.
Louder Than Lyrics is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Melodramus – 30 Silver Pieces
Genre: alternative, progressive rock, metal
From their Facebook Biography: “The band’s debut album, ’30 Silver Pieces’, released in 2007, paved the beginning steps for the band. The album comprises more than one genre as elements of rock, metal, and pop weave in and out of songs. in the years afterward the band was able to grow on many different levels in terms of musicianship and songwriting while making connections with the powerful Song Haus Music. The new album, titled ‘Two: Glass Apple’, was released in late 2010, and is vastly different sounding than the first.”
30 Silver Pieces is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
BALEYYG – Homeless Demons – 2007
Genre: underground, ambient, avant-garde, doom
From the album introduction on Bandcamp: “A collection of demos and rough tracks, outtakes and other song ideas that have floated around since 2007. Note: these are not finished tracks, they are not presented as such, and structurally they are all somewhat loose.”
Homeless Demons – 2007 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Triceracorn – selftitled
Genre: electronica, hip hop, idm
Triceracorn is a Hip Hop project from Beige & IG88 from Seattle/Bellingham, Washington.
Triceracorn is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Ben Crane – Hay Fever
Genre: acoustic, indie, folk, pop
From the album introduction on Bandcamp: “Hay Fever is my first full-length release. The recording took place in my bedroom and classrooms in the Tufts music building. At its core, it’s a folk album. But, I tried out lots of different styles and ended up with a pretty eclectic mix of tunes. So whatever your flavor is, I hope I got to it.”
Hay Fever is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Samir Harmim – Amongst The Wolves
Genre: alternative, acoustic, folk, rock
From his Facebook Biography: “Samir Harmim is a young and exciting talent hailing from Salford, England. With his skill in songwriting and performing, Samir is a prospect that is “one to watch”. With his minimalistic yet effective guitar playing and his husky voice, Samir creates a unique sound that is instantly recogniseable. He often experiment’s with spoken word verses in his songs too.”
Amongst The Wolves is a free download from Bandcamp.
Earlyguard – The Gaia Theory
Genre: experimental, ambient, drone, minimal, soundscape
Earlyguard is a solo artist from Dortmund Germany. He describes himself as a “creator of ambient music – long and slowly evolving drones and noises with a decent expression of minimalism.” From the album introduction on Bandcamp: “This work was inspired by the Gaia theory which was formulated by the environmentalist James Lovelock and co-developed by the microbiologist Lynn Margulis.” Earlyguard’s album Zen was featured on last week’s Ambient Electronic edition of Sound Sunday.
The Gaia Theory is a free download from Bandcamp.
New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here.
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