Sound Sunday is a weekly feature that promotes free albums online. Every edition introduces you to various genres and artists from around the world.
This week’s edition features a varied mix of albums, ranging from pop, rock and punk, via blues and soul, to electronic and dubstep.
Please share your thoughts and post your feedback in the comments. Album submissions, suggestions, and genre requests via email [tina at makeuseof dot com] are most welcome!
Free until February 14th:
– Valentine’s Day Free Download
Genre: alterantive, indie, pop, melodic, rock
John Norris (Noisevox): (…) “the buzz about My Pet Dragon, a New York City-based 5-piece rock band, can be attributed to their anthemic songs and powerful live show led by Lead singer/songwriter Todd Michaelsen and established dancer, choreographer, actress Reena Shah. Michaelsen’s soaring vocals and strong pop melodies define My Pet Dragon’s newly released LP, Mountains and Cities, which includes contributions by members of Mercury Rev, Gov’t Mule, and Hurricane Bells. MPD’s song Moonshine is currently in-rotation on Radio Stations all across the United States. My Pet Dragon has been compared to Arcade Fire, Coldplay, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Flaming Lips.”
Valentine’s Day Free Download is a free download fromuntil February 14th!!!
Kit Oh Nein! – KON!
Genre: punk, survival rock, space roll
Singer Ryan writes: “Kit Oh Nein! is a Detroit/NYC trio of two concocted on a boat in the south of France at the third’s wedding. Their debut album KON! is ten short distortedly gorgeous moments of a universe. Engineered, recorded, mixed and co-produced in three days with Eric Hoegemeyer at Rust Belt Studios, MI. Love always.”
KON! is a free download from Bandcamp.
Jared Ruboso & The Flights Of Fancy – The Arrow of Time
Genre: alternative, acoustic, indie, lo-fi
Jared Ruboso is an alternative / indie musician from Dublin, Ireland.
The Arrow of Time is a free download from Bandcamp.
LA Font – The American Leagues
Genre: alternative, indie, garage rock, punk, rock
From their: “LA Font is a rock band based in Echo Park. If you read about music, you are probably familiar with Echo Park as it has become famous as the neighborhood a mere 7 miles northeast of where the Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down. Unlike the late Biggie Smalls, LA Font records a brand of rock and roll that some have branded “independent” or, for short, “indie.” (…) LA Font has reminded me at times of the Ponys, Silkworm (singer and songwriter Danny Bobbe spent time in Missoula, MT, no less), Built to Spill and others. That’s good company, but of course you’d expect nothing less from a blurb written by someone standing to make a buck on their behalf. I stand by it, though. Bobbe comes swinging, the guitars are chaotic, and the rhythm section keeps it all from derailing.”
The American Leagues is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Walking Man – How The Partridge Got His Whistle
Genre: indie, blues, folk
According to their Facebook page, Walking Man is the band of Mick Draper from Trashville, Tennessee.
How The Partridge Got His Whistle is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Arteries – Dead Sea
Genre: alternative, punk
From Kiss of Death: The Arteries are (…) “ripping melodic punk rock from Swansea, UK. (…) DIY. It means a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s a term used both as a badge of an honour and as an excuse for a job not quite done as well as it could have been. The Arteries are a DIY band; they do their own artwork, book their own tours and put out their own records (with a little help from their friends). However they never once come across like they’re being anything else than what they are, namely a f*ing great punk rock band.”
Dead Sea is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
The Challis Effect – Haunted and Alone
Genre: acoustic, soft, rock
From their homepage: “Sometimes it’s time for a change. Sometimes there’s a whole different side of an artist that they need to express. And sometimes…they do it because they can. That’s the decision Boise, Idaho native Matthew “Axl” Brammer made in late 2011 after spending 10+ years in death metal, black metal, and grindcore bands. After compiling softer acoustic pieces and lyrics that had fallen by the wayside and gotten stored in the vault, taking less priority over the heavier material, Axl decided to create The Challis Effect, an acoustic based rock project that would have the capability of being powerful, yet minimalistic. No bs, just some good acoustic stuff.”
Haunted and Alone is a name your price download from.
Ace Enders – Share with Everyone
Genre: indie, rock
From his Wikipedia page: “Arthur Carl “Ace” Enders is an American musician. Enders is the lead singer and guitarist of the band The Early November. He is also the lead musician, songwriter and co-producer in his side project, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business.”
Share with Everyone is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
MPA – A Taste Of Ambrosius
Genre: rhythm and blues, soul, slow jams
MPA is a music project by Marvin Ambrosius. He writes about himself: “I’m a Songwriter/Singer who’s Life expectations of himself are too high. But that’s the reason why I named my son Skye so that he knows “Skyes the Limit”.I am a Typical Gemini, One minute I’m very happy, most of the time, but when I’m down…I’m down.”
A Taste Of Ambrosius is a free download from Bandcamp.
TYLR – modular EP
Genre: elecronic, bass, dubstep, glitch hop
From TYLR’s Facebook page: “TYLR is breaking on to the scene with a fresh sound and an arsenal of heavy hitters and smooth bangers. Every set is a heady blend of bass music ranging from lazer blaps and glitch hop to juke and dubstep. Whether you’re looking for all original beats with live drums and keys or just a straight up banger DJ set TYLR brings it.”
modular EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
We Are Like the Spider – Lightning Garden
Genre: electronic, experimental, dark, rock
From their homepage: “We Are Like the Spider is a two piece electronic-rock band with dark, danceable beats and melodies, currently based in Portland, Oregon. Comprised of Lucia Luna and Gozu Lamonde, WALTS create tension and balance with their yin/yang spiral of rhythmic energy.”
Lightning Garden is a free download from Bandcamp.
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