Sound Sunday is a feature offered weekly here at MakeUseOf, where we promote a variety of free album downloads. Every edition presents a mix of genres and artists from around the world. This week we have a mix of rock, punk, electronic, and hip hop music. Don’t ever dismiss an album for its genre, but do take a sound bite and prepare to be surprised.This week meanders through mainstream pop and rock, with little detours into quiet folk and other genres.
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Free Song: Spiral – Part IV – In the Desert
Genre: progressive, rock
From the band’s Facebook page: “Spiral is chosen along with others by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save their dying planet. However, an evil scheme is uncovered by the suspecting Spiral when They discover the Metalunan’s plan to take over Earth. Spiral then escapes an exploding Metalunan built Earth lab along with Dr. Adams only to be kidnapped while flying away in a small plane. A flying saucer wisks both the scientists and Spiral off to Metaluna where they are held accountable for blowing up the Metalunan Earth lab during their escape. They later escape there with the help of Exeter the friendly Metalunan. Metaluna then self destructs and the band make it safely back to Earth, which is saved from Metalunan invasion.”
Broken Fences – Selftitled
Genre: indie, acoustic, folk, pop, rock
From their Facebook page: “Morgan Erina & Guy Russo began writing and performing together as Broken Fences in 2010, and have developed a sound that suggests a meeting between Bon Iver and Simon & Garfunkel. They’ve taken their two vastly different worldviews (She’s from NYC, he’s from Pittsburgh, PA), and melded them into an honest and powerful style of indie-folk, one that’s as current as it is timeless.”
The Selftitled album Broken Fences is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Sorcha Richardson – Sleep Will Set Me Free
Genre: acoustic, folk
Sorcha Richardson is a young musician, writer, and occastional film maker from Dublin, Ireland. She has been living and studiyng in New York for a few years and also sings with the band Colossal Mantis.
Chelsea Sue Allen – Tiny Prizes
Genre: alternative, indie, chamber pop, indie, rock
From her Facebook page: “Allen’s music is an eclectic mixture of countless influences. She strives not only to create memorable songs, but to create captivating melodic atmospheres. She draws inspiration from the likes of Grizzly Bear, Dr. Dog, Arcade Fire, and St. Vincent for their ability to craft lush and intriging melodies. Most importantly, both music and lyrics hold their own weight, coming together to create a sound that is both ambient and mesmerizing.”
Tiny Prizes is a fre download from Bandcamp.
Jack and White – 1band 1brand Sampler
Genre: alternative, americana, experimental, folk, pop, rock
From 1band 1 brand’s Bandcamp profile: “1band 1brand is a free, subscription-based digital platform that introduces emerging, independent musicians and fashion labels to influential young adults who want to stay connected by encouraging them to hear, wear and share.”
Jack and White are Brooke White and Jack Matranga. Based in Los Angeles, California, the duo just released their first EP Undercover via iTunes.
The 1band 1brand Sampler is a name your price download from.
Matt Rider – Get Real
Genre: acoustic, americana, folk, rock, punk, steel punk
From his: “A man and an amazing procrastinator. Musician of various types. Singer songwriter on my own and with my band the Holiday Plan, bassist for ID&Friends.” If you enjoy his music, message him @Matt_Trakker on Twitter or drop a line to mr.matt.rider at gmail.com. He will also play anywhere for dry roasted peanuts.
Get Real is a free download from Bandcamp.
– Samoset Avenue
Genre: alternative, acoustic, folk, country, rock
Bert Jerred is a solo artist from Oswego, New York.
Samoset Avenue is a name your price download from.
Sleepwalk – Lingua Franca EP
Genre: folk, blues, rock, country, metal
From Sleepwalk’s Bandcamp profile: “Sleepwalk is Jack Fallows and whoever else he can convince to sing, play, record or perform with him. He is playing and singing most of what you’re hearing” (…)
Lingua Franca EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Exsonvaldes – Archives 2: B?-?sides and demos
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Exsonvaldes is an indie rock band from Paris, France. The recently released an amazing new single, Days, which is available for free on Bandcamp.
Archives 2: B?-?sides and demos is a name your price download from.
Ian Thistlethwaite – Low Energy Light Bulbs
Genre: alternative, indie, electronic, glory-pop, folk, rock
From Ian’s Facebook page: “Ian Thistlethwaite lives in the middle of nowhere, and records all of his music huddled in a corner, over the in-built microphone of a digital recording device, which he then transfers onto his laptop, and then the interweb. Ian is a vegetarian, but cannot abide asparagus. Ian is quite fond of making soup. As suggested in his song “(I Ain’t Got No) Mobile ‘Phone”, Ian has no mobile telephone. He is also a non-driver. However, he does own four colour televisions, and is often seen wearing a tie.”
Low Energy Light Bulbs is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Plasticstatic – Reverse
Genre: experimental, psychedelic, rock, shoegaze
From their Facebook page: “The project started in 1997 as a collection of writings, but soon mutated into acoustic home recordings. After a few homemade cassette EPs, Ryan started making electric multi-track analogue recordings in 2003. After a series of analogue recording mishaps destroyed some of his favorite new songs in 2006, he started recording digitally. The first finished recordings (together as a two-track “virtual single” free download) were released in June 2010, with another two-track release following in August of the same year. By May 2011, the first full-length Plasticstatic album was finished. It was released as a free download two months later.”
Reverse is a free download from Bandcamp.
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