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free musicSound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting legal and free music downloads. This edition takes you from pop and folk, via rock and punk, to metal, hip hop, and electronic music. Hop on for a full swing through contemporary music genres!

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You are welcome to submit your music, send suggestions with free albums you have discovered, or request genres I haven’t covered in a while. For all Sound Sunday related inquiries, please contact Tina [tina at makeuseof dot com].

Thibault Rivrain – Snow Gold

Genre: alternative, pop


Paris-based singer songwriter Thibault Rivrain presents the EP Snow Gold, a musical diptych for long winter nights. Enjoy quietly.

Snow Gold is a free download from Bandcamp.

Rebekah Todd – Forget Me Not

Genre: indie, acoustic, blues, folk

From Rebekah’s ReverbNation artist bio: “Rebekah Todd, from Raleigh NC, has been singing since she learned to walk. Rebekah’s influences range from Lauryn Hill to Susan Tedeschi and allow her to create smooth melodies and catchy lyrics that will have you humming her tunes for days.

Forget Me Not is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

We Are The Wild Things – Just For A While

Genre: alternative, indie, pop

From their Bandcamp profile: “We Are The Wild Things stands apart from the crowd. Hailing from the suburbs of Toronto they have created a sound that is both passionate and genuine, allowing them to quickly establish themselves as one of the most talented and hardest working young bands in Southern Ontario. And all of the blood, sweat and tears is starting to pay off for the guys.

Just For A While is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Lausch – Friend Of The Captain

Genre: alternative, rock, post-rock, noise rock

From the press kit: “Three Austrian guys decided to carry parts of the alternative-rock heritage of the 90s into the new millennium and make it a new post modern bunch of well structured, tight and powerful music. Their slow and pumping style is disarming and hijacks into a world of weird, impulsive vocals. Lausch impress with professional performance and special sense for slow, powerfuland progressive music. There is no doubt about these musician’s appeal to bring rock with only three classical instruments to a higher level. Their music is definitely far away from current stereotypes and hypes.

Friend Of The Captain is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Kate’s Party – Back Down

Genre: alternative, indie, acoustic, pop, punk, rock

Kate’s Party is a four piece diet punk band hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Sarah, Niamh, Ste, and Fiach love Burritos. From their homepage: “Their influences span from 90s skate punk, to mainstream indie pop with each song having an exciting energy, pumping guitar riffs and driving bass lines! Kate’s Party make their own music videos, design their own artwork and release through their own record label [Toast Office Records].

Back Down is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Skyes – Glare EP

Genre: metal, progressive, punk, rock

From their Facebook page: “The Skyes formed in August of 2008. After recording 2 previous EP’s, and their single “The Leading Edge”, the Skyes have now released their ‘GLARE EP’ a 7 track piece recorded at Euphonic Studios by Engineer/Producer James Pew.

Glare EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Ludicra – The Tenant

Genre: avant garde, metal, black metal, grey metal

From their Bandcamp profile: “Ludicra was a metal band from San Francisco. They originally formed in 1998 as a quartet and later expanded to five members. On July 26, 2011, the band announced on their official website that they had disbanded.
Ludicra’s sound has been described as black metal and avant-garde metal.

The Tenant is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Forgotten – The Taste of The Unrequited

Genre: metal, death metal, doom metal, gothic metal, melodic metal

Forgotten was a metal band formed in Spain in 2006. The Taste of The Unrequited was recorded and produced in 2006 and 2007. The official release was delayed until November 2012, three years after Forgotten had disbanded. Dissolved, but not yet forgotten.

The Taste of The Unrequited is a free download from Bandcamp.

sammy. – The Soundtrack

Genre: electronic, grime, electronic, gospel, sountrack, remix, hip hop

The Soundtrack is a four track EP with soundtrack remixes of the movies The Matrix, The Soloist, The Harder They Come, and The Pursuit of Happyness.

The Soundtrack is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Bad Tenants – Eloquent Scoundrels Vol. 1

Genre: blues, soul, hip hop

From their Facebook page: “Based in the Pacific Northwest, The Bad Tenants is what happens when hip-hop and blues get drunk on whiskey and wine and make a baby. (…) The Bad Tenants is the shared culmination of all three member’s lives. With lyrics that highlight real-life; from bounced rent checks to the dangers of mixing alcohol and women, and a renowned live show that has taken them to stages both small and large, the boys have turned heads at every move.

Eloquent Scoundrels Vol. 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.

Dragonfly Lingo – Morningside

Genre: alternative, electronic, dance, idm, industrial

From the project’s Bandcamp profile: “Dragonfly Lingo is an electronic industrial act, started in 2009 by the music and film sound engineer, sound producer, and musician Mitia Wexler. The project started with an idea to take the pieces of dialogue from film and pair it to the music that each excerpt inspired. With time, the Dragonfly Lingo moniker expanded beyond one concept album paying homage to the silver screen gems…” The album was released under a Creative Commons license.

Morningside is a free download from Bandcamp.

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  1. Mihovil Pletikos
    January 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    wow this is great

  2. Obed Cutaran
    January 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Nice list!

  3. Henk van Setten
    January 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Your musical contributions are wonderful, Tina. And it's great that the people providing all this music allow us to downloaded it for free.
    I just have one small suggestion for improvement. You see, I am one of those oldfashioned people who still likes to burn music to audio CDs: one artist, one CD. This means that I'm primarily interested in full-length albums, say 9 or 10 tracks minimum. I'm not really interested in EPs (say 4 or 5 tracks) simply because they won't make a full-length CD.
    So to me, it would be very helpful if for each showcased download, you would clearly mention the number of tracks, or just tell us: "this is an EP". That would save me a lot of disappointments (following the link only to find it's not really an album).
    I would really appreciate it very much if you would include that info in your lists!

    • Tina Sieber
      January 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Henk!

      Are you saying that you don't ever download and listen to an EP, meaning you are only interested in full length albums? From my perspective that defeat the whole purpose of artists releasing free material. Most do want to make some money by selling full length albums. Hence they release a teaser EP for free. I find a lot more 3-5 track EPs than full length albums.

      However, I see your point. You don't want to waste half a CD. But could you ease up on only having one artist and album per CD? You could combine two or three similar artists or genres on one CD. Or maybe two or three EPs of the same artist. There is often more free material on an artist's Bandcamp page than what I feature.

      That said, I can certainly incorporate a track count in the future.

  4. Vampie C.
    January 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    you are welcome Tina. I enjoy those posts.
    it's the least I can do. :-)

  5. Eric Wilborn
    January 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Sweet deal! Thanks for continuing to do these!