This is the longest edition of Sound Sunday ever. Here are all the wonderful EPs, free songs, and full albums that were left over after spring cleaning. My list is now all clear and ready for fresh suggestions and submissions. I’m very much looking forward to filling it again with all the amazing talent that is out there!
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!
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].
Free Song: Amity in Fame – The Kraken
Genre: powerful acoustic rock, progressive rock
The Kraken is a song taken from the album Through. It perfectly captures their style of music, which they self-title powerful acoustic rock. From their Facebook page: Amity in Fame take great pride in their vastly diversified sound. Accordingly, the cover of ‘Through’ features visuals of each and every song as well as little cameos by the band members. Light and darkness, good and evil, peace and uproar – it’s always two extremes battling for some sort of equilibrium, just like on ‘Through’. Amity In Fame combine the two hearts beating in their breasts with tremendous success. It’s their uniqueness that dominates their latest effort and makes it stand out among competition and contemporaries.
The Kraken is a free download from ReverbNation.
EP: Dr. Velvet And The Social Drinkers – Welcome to Fort Kickass
Genre: punk, rock
Ryan Wilcox has toured the world as a singer, guitarist, and guitar tech. He started out playing music with friends in a basement and it eventually got serious. Once the guitar became a tool of work, he was over it. Then he started over with friends in a basement and formed Dr Velvet and the Social Drinkers. From their Facebook page: We
are doing those things that bands do when they are trying to make it. We play local shows. Our following in Los Angeles keeps growing. We go on tours. We’ve gone through the southwest, up and down the west coast, and even took a trip to Europe. We record and release music. (…) We are having fun doing all of this. And at the end of each tour, the end of every recording session, the end of the day, we are still just some friends drinking beer and making music in the garage.
Welcome to Fort Kickass is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: The Engine Atlantic – Demons
Genre: pop, punk, rock
The Engine Atlantic is a band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their music offers a powerful mix of punk rock guitars and pop punk vocals. You have heard this before and yet you haven’t.
Demons is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: The Outreach Project – On The Moors
Genre: indie, rock
From their SoundCloud page: The Outreach Project A.K.A ‘TOP’ are an unsigned, upcoming Indie/Rock&Roll band aged 15 & 16 years old from Manchester, UK. (…) The Outreach Project formed in December 2011 in order to make a difference to others lives with their music (…). We raise money for Children in Ethiopia, Africa who aren’t [privileged] enough like ourselves (…). There is nothing greater than Music itself, but having the abilty to use music in order to help others is special.
On The Moors is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Sophomore – The Blue EP
Genre: alternative, rock, emo, post-hardcore, progressive
Sophomore is the solo side project of Alex Sears. He is also a member of the British band Decade. As Sophomore, Alex wrote, produced, and recorded an album that carries the impulse of Decade, yet has its own unique sound.
The Blue EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Free Song: Rice Cultivation Society – King Midas
Genre: experimental, indie, folk, rock
King Midas is the first song off the Rice Cultivation Society’s new album Sky Burial. This one person collective, which is also a band, hails from East Meadow, New York and will be touring the US in the next couple of weeks. Please check this Facebook announcement for details.
King Midas is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: He Who Never – Left
Genre: alternative, folk, new age, progressive, solo, piano
He Who Never is Aaron Rosell, an independent songwriter and pianist from Minnesota. Left is an emotional EP that features strong piano solos and soothing vocals by Aaron and supporting vocalists.
Left is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
The Gray Havens – Where Eyes Don’t Go
Genre: alternative, folk pop
From their Bandcamp profile: The Gray Havens are a narrative-pop-folk-esque duo based near Chicago, known for songs that are “fairly simple, but insanely catchy with magnificent melodies. – Indie Vision Music
Where Eyes Don’t Go is a free download from Bandcamp.
EP: Andy Burns – Andy Burns EP
Genre: acoustic, folk, country, pop, rock
From Andy’s Bandcamp profile: Originally from Tuscaloosa, AL, Andy Burns started playing the drums when he was eight years old. In the past few years he began playing other instruments including the guitar. After “Perfect Touch” was written and recorded in 2012, he decided to pursue his music more seriously. Now located in Florence, AL (The Shoals), he looks to begin new musical adventures.
Andy Burns EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Sea Oleena – Selftitled
Genre: ambient, folk, blues, lo-fi, shoegaze, indie pop
From the album page: Sea Oleena’s self-titled album is the result of seven songs roughly recorded by Charlotte Oleena and handed over to her brother Luke to produce.
Sea Oleena is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Joel Van Dijk & Friends – Truthseeker Re?-?Mixed
Genre: experimental, blues, funk, rock, r&b, soul
From Joel’s Facebook page: Music based in but not limited to the soul, the groove, the harmony, the rhythms, the message, the friendships, the joy the release and the sharing of all the above. Some funk, some blues, some soul, some neosoul, some experimentation, something else, something contemporary, something old, something modern, something… and nothing.
Truthseeker Re?-?Mixed is a free download from Bandcamp.
Jordon Salveson – Devil, Don’t Wake Me Up
Genre: alternative, experimental, acoustic, folk, minimalism
Jordon Salveson is a musician from Nashville, Tennessee. On SoundClick he writes about his influences: My most favorite musician ever is Beck. He seems to be the ideal artist, in my own opinion. Every cd is a reflection of his own life and his own changes, and i love the way his music has changed over the years. Also, Fionn Regan has been a recent discovery for me, and i have loved his style of playing guitar in that he makes use of alternative tuning and complicated picking patterns an chords, on top of his amazing voice. I could go on and on about influences, ranging from the books to animal collective, to john coltrane, to de la soul.
Devil, Don’t Wake Me Up is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
3 Songs: Emancipator – Free Downloads
Genre: electronic, downtempo, organic, trip-hop
Emancipator is the moniker of Douglas Appling, a trip hop producer from Portland, Oregon. He just released his third album Dusk to Dawn under is own label Loci Records. The album is available from the record label’s Bandcamp page. Below is the official video for Minor Cause, the first single off the album.
Free Downloads is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Bad Tenants – Eloquent Scoundrels Vol. 1
Genre: blues, soul, hip hop
From their Facebook page: Nowhere in music will you find another act or sound quite like the Tenants. Members Casey G, Good Matters and DJ Idlhnds have put their own bluesy-spin on hip-hop music and arrived with something all their own. Each member provides a unique versatility, whether it’s Casey’s back-and-forth between relentless raps and jazzy trombone features; Good Matters’ signature gravelly, soulful crooning, swift verses, saxophone solos and guitar accompaniments; or DJ Idlhnds’ stepping out from behind the 1’s and 2’s to grace tracks with his own sharp-witted vocals.
Eloquent Scoundrels Vol. 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Go Periscope – MISHMASH
Genre: alternative, indie, pop, electronica, dance, hip hop
From the album page: MISHMASH is a compilation of our 10 favorite live mashups from past shows, with a little extra added on them. Probably due to our love of both hip hop and electronic music, the final track list features a lot of rap artists mixed with a whole spectrum of electronic genres, from chill wave to electro house. It also features some of our favorite artists including Adrian Lux, Kendrick Lamar, Oliver, Outkast, Gold Panda, Rebecca & Fiona, Kanye West, Beat Connection, Lil Wayne, Purity Ring, Cutting Crew, Lights and many more! In the description of each song, we will link to every artist sampled, so if you like the song be sure to check out the original artists, because that’s what this is all about.
MISHMASH is a free download from Bandcamp.
8090 – Work Music
Genre: hip hop, rap
From the album page: “Work Music” is the second release by hip hop super duo, 8090, which consists of Seth Williams and Andy Metz. 8090 uses dope beats and rhymes to express the trials and tribulations of the 9-to-5 grind. “Work Music” is music for people who work! Most people know about it, but few rap groups talk about it. This album was recorded in Chicago, Illinois.
Work Music is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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