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free musicSound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every week we invite you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. This edition holds a wide selection of genres from rock to hip hop and jazz to dance music.

Note that name your price albums can be downloaded for free by entering 0 in the price field. That said, we strongly recommend you to donate a few dollars for music you enjoy!

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

Free Song: Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes – Temps Perdu

Genre: alternative, indie, pop, irish, folk

Temps Perdu (forgotten times) is a song by Irish folk musician Pearse McGloughlin, from his latest album In Movement.


The album has been getting positive reviews in the Irish press. Jim Carroll of the Irish Times describes the music of Pearse and his band the Nocturnes as “wonderful series of gentle songs, atmospheric tumbles, elegant sounds and smart hush-a-byes.” Harry Guerin of RTÉ ten writes: “While it would be hard for anything to make up for the damp and defeats of this summer, here’s one guy who’s really trying his best.

Pearse McGloughlin has been featured twice 10 Free MP3 Albums: The UnChristmas Edition [Sound Sunday December 25th] 10 Free MP3 Albums: The UnChristmas Edition [Sound Sunday December 25th] Read More before on MakeUseOf. This song was offered to Sound Sunday exclusively and is free to download for just one week until July 29, 2012.

Temps Perdu is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Lit on the Flash – Selftitled

Genre: alternative, blues, folk, psychedelic, guitar, rock

Lit on the Flash is a fury of rock and roll. The selftitled album is their second release. The band based in York, Maine was previously featured on Sound Sunday with their 2011 debut album Revolution Time.

The selftitled album Lit on the Flash is a free download from Bandcamp.

A Quiet Place – Rest Awhile

Genre: ambient, instrumental, improvised, rock

A Quiet Place wishes to give you a bit of rest with their music. Please donate if you enjoy it. From the album page: “All proceeds go right back into the band, we’re currently in the market for a multi-track recorder, an bass amp, and some other things. Nothing fancy, just some necessities to expand our abilities for better recordings and playing live shows without borrowing equipment.

Rest Awhile is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Will Dixon – Chargrilled Stegosaurus Discotheque

Genre: alternative, acoustic, rock, folk, chiptune

Will Dixon claims to be a musician and comedian at the same time. What is for sure is that he is a skilled guitarist. On his Twitter profile her writes: “Being a nerd has its advantages, such as the occasional casual use of Sci-fi weaponry, and an impressive vocabulary.

Chargrilled Stegosaurus Discotheque is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Darin Wilson – Impromptu

Genre: jazz

From the album page: “One of the things I love the most about being a jazz musician is the kind of spontaneous music-making that’s at the heart of the genre. It really is as simple as calling up a couple of friends, calling out some tunes, then seeing where you all end up. It’s almost never where you thought it was going to be, and that’s the gift. Welcome to Impromptu – please fasten your seat belts, and enjoy the ride…

Impromptu is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Austin Wintory – Journey Bonus Bundle

Genre: electronica, classical, orchestral

From Austin’s Bandcamp profile: “25% of all the money made here (and in some cases, more) will go directly to the non-profit Education Through Music – Los Angeles ( Thank you for helping me support this extremely important organization!
Thank you so much for checking out my music. I love exploring ALL kinds of genres so hopefully you’ll find something you like.

Journey Bonus Bundle is a free download from Bandcamp.

eyedress – Nature Trips

Genre: experimental, instrumental, electronic, opm, beats, trillwave

eyedress is the pseudonym of Idris Vicuña, a former film school student form the Philippines.

Nature Trips is a free download from Bandcamp.

Charles Hammond Jr. – Hello, My Name Is…

Genre: electronic, funk, jazz, soul, rhythm & blues, hip hop

From his Facebook page: “The debut EP from singer/songwriter Charles Hammond Jr. simply titled, “Hello, My Name Is…” serves as a musically diverse, yet cohesive introduction to an artist who is just beginning to spread his wings both musically and personally. (…) “Hello, My Name Is…” is just a sample of what’s to come from Charles Hammond Jr. Dabbling within the musical genres of soul/r&b, jazz, hip-hop, electronic, funk, and rock, this project not only reflects the already diverse musical tastes of the artist himself, but makes room for Charles to further explore the limitless potential of his artistry. “Hello, My Name Is…”

Hello, My Name Is… is a free download from Bandcamp.

Steve G. Lover III – Summer of Steve

Genre: hip hop, rap

Steve G. Lover III aka Steve Glover is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.

Summer of Steve is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Aviators – A Dream Revisited – EP

Genre: electronic, pop, dream rock

From the album page: “A long time ago, I released my debut album, Reflections of a Dream. Long story short, the album was terrible. I felt like some of the songs deserved a second chance though, so I polished them up and put them together in the form of an EP! In addition to four remastered songs, the EP contains a b-side unreleased track, two remixes, and a brand new orchestral arrangement of Reflections of a Dream, Part 2.

A Dream Revisited – EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Go Periscope – Remixes

Genre: indie, alternative, dance, electronic, DJ, mashup, remixes

From their homepage: “Go Periscope is an Electrorock band from Seattle. The band has been featured on MTV Music, Alternative Press, and recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 16 unsigned bands.

Remixes is a free download from Bandcamp.

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.

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  1. James
    July 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Tina, I just found your column and think it's a wonderful way to spread deserving independent music. I work with some artists you may be impressed with, and I've encouraged them to offer free Bandcamp albums.

    I'd love to hear from you and send their info your way. Thanks!

    • Tina
      July 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Hey James, great to hear from you! I'll send you an email. :)

  2. jamesbirtwistle
    July 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Very good :)

  3. Youness Abarrou
    July 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Thank you, and this beautiful :)