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free musicWelcome to Sound Sunday!

This edition is a balance act between the modern and the traditional. I lure you in with pop, folk, soul, and rock music and then blend over to experimental, electronic, and much harder to digest sounds. Take it as a journey into the unknown.

You are most welcome to 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!

Summer Fiction – Chandeliers + By The Sea

Genre: indie, pop, folk

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From the band’s Biography on Facebook: “Summer Fiction is the new music project from Bill Ricchini. The self-titled debut album was recorded in Philadelphia studios, bedrooms, and church basements and features a cast of over 20 classical and rock musicians including a string quartet, horn section etc.” Chandeliers and By The Sea are two singles from the album.

Chandeliers + By The Sea are a free downloads from Bandcamp.

lowercase letters – the samples

Genre: experimental, ambient, r&b, rock, soul

From their Twitter: “lowercase letters (aka lowercaseletters) is a music group from washington dc. Alphie in the front rocking the crowd, JB in the back locking it down.

the samples is a free download from Bandcamp.

She Makes War – Disarm

Genre: alternative, indie, grunge, pop, rock

From Laura’s Biography: “She Makes War is the solo project of Laura Kidd – multi-instrumentalist vocal chameleon (past collaborators include The Young Punx, Redroche, Michael Gray, Koolwah and Super Mal), filmmaker and video director, photographer, blogger, sometime session musician (previously for I Blame Coco, Tricky, Alex Parks and Lil’ Chris) and strident purveyor of grungey dystopian gloom-pop.

Debut album “Disarm” was co-produced by Kidd and Myles Clarke (Belakiss, Sparkadia, Sneaker Pimps) and self released in September 2010, preceded by two singles – “Let This Be” and “I Am”. The album was accompanied by four quirky handmade music videos directed/executive produced and edited by Kidd, starring a host of characters from zombie clowns to sleepy lions to intrepid penguins.”

Disarm is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Olfar – Harbour

Genre: indie, americana, folk, pop, rock

From the album description: “Self-recorded in a remote barn in the Lake District, snow piled against the door and fires crackling within, ‘Harbour’ is full of wrecked ships, sea creatures, war horses and lost souls. From title-track ‘Harbour Hymn’s soaring strings to the broken introversy of ‘Haul Me In The River’, the songs take a path through strange lands, stormy seas, tormented souls and broken hearts.

Harbour is a free download from Bandcamp.

Vampire9000 – Colours

Genre: no wave

From Vampire900‘s Last.fm profile: “Vampire 9000 is the project of South African musician Christian D. Henn. The Vampire sound is like the anthems of a dreaming A.D.D child.

Colours is a free download from Bandcamp.

Aidan Baker – Tonstreifen

Genre: experimental, ambient, drone, electronica, minimal

From his Facebook Biography: “Aidan Baker is a musician and writer currently based in Toronto, Canada. Classically trained in flute, he is self-taught on guitar, drums, and various other instruments. As a solo artist, Baker explores the deconstructive sonic possibilities of the electric guitar as a primary sound source, creating music that ranges from experimental to post-rock to contemporary classical.

Tonstreifen is a free download from Bandcamp.

Virus B – Attention Travaux

Genre: experimental, electroacoustic

From the band’s Facebook Biography: “Virginie Borriazzi is a composer and a guitarist, interested in manipulating the sound. She attempts to create an unlimited universe with the Virus B project. Sometimes, when she doesn’t find the sound, she draws…

Attention Travaux is a free download from Bandcamp.

Ears – Sea Legs

Genre: electronica, downbeat, hip hop

Sea Legs is a release from Free The Beats, “a project aimed at releasing bedroom beats that would not otherwise see the light of day, as a free compilation once every three months. Covering a range of styles and approaches to beat making, and music production in general.

Sea Legs is a free download from Bandcamp.

AuxPulse – Dream Stages

Genre: experimental, electro, electronica, hardcore, techno, acid, breakbeat, psychedelic

From the album page: “Michael (Sinqlogue) and I (Rutger, DS-10 Dominator) met through our mutual obsession with a small synthesizer for the Nintendo DS (KORG DS-10). I was mainly focussing on rave music (gabber, dubstep etc.), while Michael was exploring the mystical side of electronic music (IDM, ambient, etc). We decided to work on an album that was truly a 50-50 mix of both our styles, with classic acid sounds as a binding factor.
Now, about one year later, we very proudly present our album ‘Dream Stages’. We put our hearts and souls into hand crafting all the synthesizer sounds and subsequently composing psychedelic rave music with a nostalgic touch. The whole album was made using KORG DS-10, by bouncing ‘saves’ back and forth between both our DSes.

Dream Stages is a free download from Bandcamp.

Hyphae – Intensity Of Sound

Genre: beats, drum’n’bass, metal, dub-step, glitch-hop, hip hop

Intensity of Sound is the debut album of Hyphae. “[It] captures the vast, black, all-encompassing emptiness of outer-space. Then fills it with brutal sound and sharp edges.

Intensity Of Sound is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Garthim-Master & DJ Extend – Ghosts of Nostalgia

Genre: experimental, nerdcore, hip hop

From the album page: “Although both musicians have been creating innovative music for over 10 years, the debut album by The Garthim-Master (Canada) & DJ Extend (Germany) is their first collaborative effort designed with the subject of nostalgia as the focal point. Certainly fueled by nerd culture “Ghosts of Nostalgia” also takes a more in-depth look at what makes the brain of an 80’s child tick. Serving as a release of nostalgic subject matter this album varies from playful tones to more serious subject matter, often spoke in third-person by some of our favorite characters & their respective stories. The result is not only a fun album that they truly enjoyed creating but one that still retains elements of thought-provoking social commentary. The album as a whole is their definitive homage to creative works that have inspired them in one way or another.

Ghosts of Nostalgia is a free download from Bandcamp.

New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here.

Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material, suggestions, and feedback or simply add your comments below.

  1. Andrew Ajaxbeats Morris
    December 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

    http://www.ajaxbeats.com free 9 track ep produced by me.  13 mixes all free 4 download.  totally add free.  if you want to mak a donation its well appreciated.

  2. Gerald M.
    October 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

    There seems to be a missing typo on Disarm-She makes war.

    • Tina
      October 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      You mean the 'name your pr' one? It's fixed now. Thanks for catching it, Gerald. 

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