Sound Sunday is a MakeUseOf feature offered every week where we promote free album downloads. Every edition brings various genres and artists from around the world right to your computer screen. 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 edition invites you on a refreshing audio ride from pop, over rock and punk, via electro, instrumental bass and jazz to hip hop.
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Jessie Frye – Fireworks Child
Genre: indie, pop, rock
From her Facebook profile: “Jessie Frye is 22 years old and based in Denton, TX. She started taking classical piano lessons at age 12, and always felt that music was not something you do, but something you are. She formed her band in early 2009 after receiving an invite to play an official showcase at the SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. “When I got the invitation, it was based off the CD (The Delve) itself, because I didn’t have a band and I didn’t have any press. I was like, holy shit, I better get a band together, you know?” Since then, Jessie and her band have showcased in 2010 as well as 2011.”
Fireworks Child is a free download from Bandcamp.
USONIA – Selftitled
Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock
USONIA is a three man indie-pendent rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 2010 Selftitled album USONIA is their debut. Rob van Alstyne from City Pages writes: “Their self-titled debut album is a sublime slice of headphone-friendly pop, confidently encompassing everything from jagged-nerve new wave to white-boy soul-rock with enough sass to make Hall & Oates burn with envy.”
USONIA is a free download from Bandcamp.
Lava Lava Love – A Bunch Of Love Songs And Zombies
From their Tumblr Bio: “Lava Lava Love were formed in the summer of 2010, a bit accidentally, when Vittorio Pozzato (vocals, keyboards and guitar player in Fake P, House of All and Canadians) and Massimo Fiorio (bass player in Canadians) decided to visit producer Matteo Cantaluppi’s recording studio. He joins them, and the result of this collaboration is the creation of their first three songs: Keep on Falling, The Light is a Lie and In the Aeroplane over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel’s cover).”
A Bunch Of Love Songs And Zombies is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Fort Lean – Selftitled
Genre: alternative, rock
From their Facebook profile: “At Fort Lean, which is a place you can go, the weather is perfect all the time. Hot but not too sticky, and you can sleep in the park comfortably without getting hassled by the cops. Fort Lean is about getting too drunk at your own picnic. Fort Lean is about leaving the city. Fort Lean is a place where you can still see the skyline but you can’t hear any cars and you can put all your stolen wine in the stream to keep it cool and when the fire dies out you can see some stars and not too many airplanes.”
Fort Lean is a free download from Bandcamp.
Verbal Rocket – Convenience Store Mirrors
Genre: indie, garage, rock, punk, post-punk, post-rock, lo-fi, mixtape, compilation
Verbal Rocket is a UK based online indie fanzine. They regularly release mixtapes to promote bands from around the globe. From their Bandcamp page: “This is a DIY, Non-profit organisation which exists as a tool to promote and support what we consider quality independent music.”
Convenience Store Mirrors is a free download from Bandcamp.
Romantic Nobita Records – Japanese Pop Punk?/?Easycore Compilation 2011
Genre: pop, punk, easycore, hardcore, popcore, compilation
Romantic Nobita Records is a Japanese record label founded in March 2010.
Japanese Pop Punk?/?Easycore Compilation 2011 is a free download from Mediafire (see link below Bandcamp playlist).
Ste McCabe – Bubblegum Laser
Genre: punk, electro, indipop, queercore
From Ste’s Homepage: “I have put together a Bandcamp page with all of my releases on it. Probably the most important things to plug are my brand new free download EP “Bubblegum Laser Gun” which features fun remixes by Cassette Donkey and Tingle in The Netherlands!”
Bubblegum Laser Gum is a free download from.
Jordan Brown – Jordan Writes Short Stories
Genre: instrumental, bass
From Jordan’s homepage: “Jordan is a London – based bass player and producer. His love for Music and eclectic approach to the instrument together with his relaxed and positive attitude makes him the choice of many artists both in the studio and on the road. And he looks good on stage too.”
Jordan Writes Short Stories is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Kondor – Beyond The Clouds
Genre: indie, jazz, instrumental, hip hop
This wonderful jazzy instrumental hip hop album is the work of Konrad Gogosz from Jas?o, Poland.
Beyond The Clouds is a free download from Bandcamp.
Self Taught – 5 Year Journey [No Longer Available]
Genre: atmosphere, hip hop, rap
From Chamberlain Drive Records’ press kit: “Our label is proud to present Self Taught‘s sophomore album Five Year Journey.
In the last five years, Michael Jackson died, Mini-me made a sex tape, the pregnant man gave birth, a time traveler appeared in a Charlie Chaplin film and Self Taught made an album that will undoubtedly overshadow all of these things.
Heavily influenced by golden-era hip hop but relevant to today’s sound, Five YearJourney is being dubbed as a new-age throwback. The album includes 15 songs with features from Inkspill, K-Rec, Mike Decline, and Allan Rodger and is seamlessly woven together with transitional cuts from K-Rec, a producer/turntablist, who re-mixed “It’s Tricky” by Run-Dmc, which soon became the title track for the Electronic Arts video game SSX Tricky. The album is dedicated to the group’s longtime friend, Colin Van Dyk, who passed away unexpectedly in 2010.”
Self Taught were recently featured on Sound Sunday with their debut Arrival.
5 Year Journey is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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