Sound Sunday presents free music downloads from a mix of artists and genres. Every edition is carefully composed of handpicked songs, EPs, and albums to form a listening experience. Join me this week for a ride from acoustic folk to electronic speedcore. Your ears will thank you for the exercise.
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Free Song: The Marshall Pass – Abilene
Genre: indie, acoustic, folk, blues, country, folk
From the album page: “The Marshall Pass began as a project of Duncan’s in the Winter of 2012. The songs that would become Abilene and Stranded In Perdition were written for Pistol Whipped. That April, the singer and guitarist of Pistol Whipped, Scott Ricciuti, died in a tragic car accident. Scott’s death would forever change the lives of his family and friends and created a musical void that cannot be filled.
Not long after Scott’s death, Duncan played these songs for Craig and the two commiserated over the loss of their friend and musical partner. Taking the songs home with him, Craig called later to say that he had written lyrics and melodies for them. The following weekend, at Duncan’s house, the vocals were recorded.
In the months that followed, the two continued to collaborate in the same way: Duncan writing instrumental songs that Craig would listen to and write lyrics and melodies for.”
Abilene is a free download until February 17 from Bandcamp.
Chad Barela – Lonesome Road
Genre: acoustic, folk
Chad Barela is a singer songwriter from Albuquerque, currently composing and playing his wonderful melancholic music in Nashville, Tennessee. If you’re in the area, happen to have a soft spot for Chad’s music, and a place to stay for him, send him a tweet.
Lonesome Road is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Squid the Whale – Four More
Genre: indie, pop, soul, progressive, rock
From their Facebook page: “In just over a year this 4 piece rock & soul band SQUID THE WHALE, has taken over your headphones, cities and respect… but they’re just getting started. In an industry where musicianship is all but forgotten, Squid the Whale remind you, talent matters. Their [EPs take] you through stories filled with honest lyrics and raw emotion. The powerful yet smooth vocals are wonderfully complimented by savvy instrumentals that stray from the expected. SQUID THE WHALE has the passion, sound and drive to inevitably break through. This is exactly what music needs.”
Four More is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Maria Brosgol – Outside Myself
Genre: indie, acoustic, folk, pop
From Maria’s Bandcamp profile: “Maria Brosgol is an Albany, New York-based songwriter, arranger and vocalist. Drawing from various influences ranging from modern pop to Russian folk music, she writes and performs her own songs on guitar, ukulele, and piano. This is her first album–she is currently working on a second.”
Outside Myself is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Particles Like Planets – The Owl In The Archer
Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock
Particles Like Planets is an indie rock band from Hemet, California. The Owl In The Archer is their debut album, released in November 2011.
The Owl In The Archer is a free download from Bandcamp.
Science – Don’t Panic!
Genre: alternative, indie, pop, punk, dance
From their Facebook page: “The members of Science are a tightly knit group of friends, destined to play music together. They assembled a 5 piece early on and recorded with good friend Darren DeFranco. Following the October 2011 release of the debut EP “Don’t Panic!” Science turned their focus to playing shows throughout North Jersey as well as Manhattan and Brooklyn. After [their debut], Science focused on writing a full length album and creating what critics have said is an electric live performance. (…) While promoting rock and creativity, Science is more than that, creating and distributing music with a green conscience, helpful hand, and the bigger picture in mind.”
Don’t Panic! is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Dear You – Journals
Genre: alternative, pop, punk
From their Bandcamp profile: “Dear You is a dynamic 4-piece rock band from South East Texas. With contagious hooks and heart-felt lyrics, Dear you has caught the attention of music lovers and the music industry alike.”
Journals is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Andrew Huang – Magical Body
Genre: electronic, pop, folk, rock
From Andrew’s Bandcamp profile: “Andrew’s goals in life are to make the most awesome music, the most diverse music, and the most music. Thanks for listening!”
Magical Body is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Self Taught – Feast of Fools
Genre: hip hop, soul, rap
From the album page: “We start with a blank canvas and never really know where our samples or instruments are going to take us, every project is a celebration and a mockery of sorts of what people expect of us. We try to push our creative limits without holding back. And we like beer. We can’t see the Feast of Fools going down without some good beer.
Feast of Fools was the name of a celebration, where youngsters would dress up as high authorities, politicians and powerful church figures and make a mockery of the system/religion they were enslaved in.”
Feast of Fools is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Loud Vibe – Colored Dreams
Genre: ambient, electronic, chillout, pop, funk, rock
From Loud Vibe’s Homepage: “Loud Vibe is a project I started in 2010. After two long years, I have had something (14 songs to be precise), that makes me satisfied. The goal was to start something new, new music, from the scratch, and this time I really brought it to the end.
You will hear many nice harmonies, melodies, grooves… as well as many different music styles. But, if I really try to define it… it is something like: pop chilout psy trance with some classic rock’n'roll and funk elements. :)
To be honest, with this wide range of different music styles combined, I am aware that there is a small number of people who can listen to this music. But also, to be honest, I don’t really care about it. :) This album, was made by myself and mostly for myself. If you like it, I will be glad.
I hope that you will enjoy listening to it, as much as I was enjoyed creating it.”
Colored Dreams is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: talk midway – The Pavilion EP
Genre: experimental, electronica, ambient, lo-fi, beats
From his record label profile: “Patrick Nylen is a New York-based audio/visual artist. The music of talk midway spans the psychedelic, ambient, electronica, and pop genres & features samples, found sound, casios, guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. Eschewing traditional music-making techniques and embracing DIY values, all work — from recording to mixing to marketing — is done solely by talk midway.”
The Pavilion EP is a free download from the Band’s Homepage.
The Quick Brown Fox – WANDERLUST
Genre: electronic, hardcore, progressive, speedcore
Snippets from Tumblr: “The Quick Brown Fox taunts and lures victims with candy only to beat there brains out with his bat.” “[M]y favorite little foxy pinata who makes [speedcore].” “The quick brown fox was an ordinary pinata until Renard brought him to life with voodoo.”
WANDERLUST is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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