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free musicIf Sound Sunday sets the tone for your week, then this week’s edition is good news! The 12 free album downloads featured in this edition are all about calming down, relaxing, and chilling. This music makes a great backdrop for working, reading, or just plain doing nothing. Join us for some music therapy.

All EPs and albums can be downloaded for free. That said, we kindly ask you to donate a few dollars for music you enjoy! Note that artists benefit more from donations made on Bandcamp than any purchases via platforms like iTunes or Spotify.

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 @ this domain.

EP: Broke For Free – Gold Can Stay

Genre: electronic, melodic, chillwave, chillout, glitch-hop, trip hop

Broke For Free is Tom Cascino’s sound project from Santa Cruz, California. Tom recently graduated with a BA in Art & Music. Visit his homepage to view some of his other artistic work, including canvases, photographs, prints, and drawings.

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Gold Can Stay is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Cosmo’s Midnight – Surge

Genre: ambient, electronic, chill, pop

The guys behind Cosmo’s Midnight are Cosmo and Patrick. The twin producers from Sydney, Australia make music on their computers. If you happen to be in down under, you may get a chance to see them live at Goodgod in Sydney (July 11) or Causeway Bar in Perth (July 12).

Surge is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Rising Appalachia and The Human Experience – Soul Visions

Genre: ambient, electronic, downtempo, world acoustic, world fusion

From their Bandcamp profile: “The Human Experience is David Block’s principal project as a live electronic composer, multi- instrumentalist, producer. Listeners experience a delicious symphonic blend of prismatic soundscapes and sultry beats.”

Soul Visions is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: spazzkid – Desire

Genre: electronic, indie, pop, chillwave, post-dubstep, bass, beats

From spazzkid Mark’s Facebook page: “Stowed away in the sprawling corner of Los Angeles, SPAZZKID aka Mark Redito quietly constructs his map of seemingly disparate beats and melodies into perfect harmony. With influences that span from punk to jpop to video game music and everything in between, Spazzkid’s sonic fancies are evident in his tracks as they find the listener riding high on percussive waves of jazzy synthpop or feverishly gnawing on crafted candy electro pop.”

Desire is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: madelyniris – LAYLAH

Genre: ambient, electronic, indie, chillwave, trip hop

From maddy’s Bandcamp profile: “madelyniris began as a small project her senior year of high school, now full-time musician. she writes imperfect music that she hopes will touch your heart.”

LAYLAH is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Emphemetry – A Lullaby Hum For Tired Streets

Genre: ambient, acoustic, folk, instrumental, post-rock, soundscapes

From Richard’s Bandcamp profile: “Sometimes taking the form of intimate folk songs, ambient soundscapes, instrumentals, piano pieces, audio tinkering or post- rock; Richard Birkin’s music is more often than not inspired by the liminal, quiet timelessness of a city at night and the reflections or flights of imagination that happens then and there.”

A Lullaby Hum For Tired Streets is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Kratos Himself – A Town Called Imaginarium

Genre: electronic, downtempo, soul, instrumental, hip hop

From the album page: “Blending the organic with the electronic, A Town Called Imaginarium is a beautiful EP that straddles a line between soundscape and song, with ethereal melodies and tight jazz breaks. (…) [The album] is certain to turn a lot of heads, and to turn a lot of people on to the man Kratos Himself – a name you’re sure to be hearing a lot more from now on.”

A Town Called Imaginarium is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Hang In Balance – Daniel Waples – Flavio Lopez

Genre: alternative, chillout, tribal, violin

From the project’s Bandcamp profile: “Daniel Waples is from London, he met the ‘Hang’ at a music festival in Lincolnshire in 2005. He attained a BTEC National Diploma in Popular Music & later studied at Leeds University to attain a BTEC Higher Diploma in Stringed Musical Instrument Technology. He supports himself as an independent musician and thanks each and every individual for the time they spend listening to his work.”

Daniel Waples – Flavio Lopez is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

SAZ – How You Feel

Genre: ambient, chill, lounge, instrumental, jazzy hip hop, trip hop, beat tape

The home of SAZ is London, England. On his Twitter profile he writes: “Just enough of everything that I can be anything. A travelling musician forming a community, whose common language is art and music.”

How You Feel is a free download from Bandcamp.

Auditive Escape – Curves

Genre: electronic, downtempo, chillout, minimal, trip hop

From their Bandcamp profile: “A sound goes through our ears, echoes in our brain, and creates an image. Two senses come together and a world is born.”

Curves is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Good Weather For An Airstrike – A Sense Of Uncertainty

Genre: ambient, pop, drone, classical, post-rock, soundscapes

From the project’s Bandcamp profile: “The Good Weather For An Airstrike project was initially conceived at the beginning of 2009 to help Tom Honey alleviate the issues caused by suffering from tinnitus, which causes a ringing sensation in the ear and can often result in difficulty sleeping. The idea was to create a collection of relaxing sounds which would help induce sleep.”

A Sense Of Uncertainty is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Jester – Escape Reality

Genre: ambient, electronic, chillout, chillwave, drun and bass

From Jester’s Bandcamp profile: “I am Brian, a Ottawa based EDM producer. I try to do things that no one has done before.”

Escape Reality is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

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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. Ellen O
    July 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks Tina - free music is always appreciated and you always have great stuff!

  2. Mark
    July 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Digging the madelyniris EP. I have no idea what genre that is, but I like Once for sure.

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