10 Free MP3 Albums: The Indie Special [Sound Sunday November 27th]
Sound Sunday is a weekly free album feature, exploring various genres and featuring artists from around the globe. This edition presents a mix of albums from independent singer songwriters and bands, ranging from melodramatic and psychedelic pop, over regular folk and fusion folk & roll, to light alternative rock.
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Fire Island Pines – Bratislava EP
Genre: melodramatic, indie, pop
From their Facebook page: “Fire Island Pines are a lofi/twee indie pop band from Cornwall weaving bittersweet lyrics into a jaunty, uplifting sonic tapestry punctuated by shimmering trumpet lines and an unholy tri-guitar wall-of-jangle.”
The Bratislava EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Dylan Jon Wade – Vagabonds
Genre: acoustic, alternative, fusion, folk & roll, rock
From his Bio: “Dylan Jon Wade is a “Folk & Roll” project based out of Sarasota, FL. Formed in the early summer of 2011 this project is an attempt to bring life to the songs that are inside of my head and heart.”
Vagabonds is a free download from Bandcamp.
– For You
Genre: indie, folk, rock
From his Homepage: “Josh is a lighting/scenic/sound designer, actor, singer/songwriter, improviser, puppeteer, director and a founding member of Blackout Theatre Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (…) The album, “For You” comes from Josh’s challenge to himself, “I wanted to do something that scared me, while learning something new and growing at the same time, so i started recording. The scary part came when I made myself tell people i was recording, and started sharing my music with others. The experience has been wonderfully exciting, and i’ve received such great support from my friends and family. It has really deepened my understanding of the music that i listen to by my favorite artists, and my thirst for seeking out new music to listen to. Having learned so much from this experience, i really just want to do it again, and find new ways to make music.”
For You is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Eastern Phoebes – Eggplant
Genre: indie, folk, pop
Eggplant is the latest release of the independent pop band from Long Island. They write: “The record was written and recorded in our lakefront cottage and features six original songs plus one cover–The Beach Boys’ Johnny Carson.” Eastern Phoebes were previously featured on Sound Sunday with their album Gypsy Paw.
Eggplant is a free download from Bandcamp.
A Beautiful Tomorrow – Selftitled
Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock
From Marky’s SoundCloud page: “I grew up listening to a lot of 1980s music like Duran Duran, Culture Club, The Police, Def Leppard, Elton John, Stray Cats, George Michael. I listened to Top 40 radio of 1980s and was highly influenced by that! I think that comes out in my music!”
A Beautiful Tomorrow is a free download from Bandcamp.
Wells – South East Asia
Genre: indie, garage, blues, folk, rock
From his Less Talk Records Bio: “Wells is M. Spinelli and N. Martin doing what they do best, playing alt country folk, surfing and living on the Central Coast. With the 2nd release under his belt, mixed and ready for South East Asia to work on his beard and backpacking skills. An EP with songs about loves lost, Spinelli will be travelling through SE Asia to find himself, forget about others and meet new life-long friends.”
South East Asia is a free download from Bandcamp.
Snowmine – Laminate Pet Animal
Genre: psychedelic, ambient, chill-out, indie, pop
Snowmine is a psych-indie-pop band from Brooklyn, New York. Pop Wreckoning wrote about them: “If Jurassic Park had a houseband, it would sound like SNOWMINE.”
Laminate Pet Animal is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Julio y Agosto – Julio&Agosto
Genre: acoustic, indie, pop, folk
Julio and Agosto is a mini orchestra from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The up to seven members perform acoustic mixes that involve their voices, guitars, bass, violins, trombone, and percussion.
Julio&Agosto is a free download from Bandcamp
Yellowbirds – NoiseTrade Sampler
From the album page: “Yellowbirds is the moniker for the musical exploits of Sam Cohen, guitarist/songwriter/singer of the psychedelic collective Apollo Sunshine. With timeless inspirations like Charles Mingus and The Velvet Underground in mind, Cohen created “The Color” by Yellowbirds, his “solo” debut (George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow guests.) Double-speed auto-harp glissandos, glowing backwards pedal-steel, bubbling echo and fuzz guitars coalesce into a warm wall of sound. As existential lyrical themes emerge, delivered nonchalantly over psyched-out aural landscapes, the picture emerges of a dust-blown, 4th dimensional Future West. This is Cohen’s quixotic world where “only the purist tones can be heard”.”
The NoiseTrade Sampler is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Jillian Edwards – Galaxies & Such
Genre: acoustic, folk, indie
From her Facebook page: “hello lovely people. my name is jillian and i want to make music forever and ever, even if its in coffee shops until im a cute, litte old lady. i want to make you feel alright about life and lighten your load by telling you that we are all in really good hands. i also want to tell you some good news – that everything, everything – heartache and joy and sorrow and bad days and sunshine – it all pushes us onward to see that we are a lovely people made for lovely purposes. we are dearly, hugely, and personaly loved. those moments when you are driving in your car on a perfectly breezy afternoon with nothing to do but listen to music and let the sun spill on your skin, when you know you are right where you’re meant to be- those moments may seem far and few between but they come and they will keep coming. so come on, world, lighten up. you’ve got a lot of love waiting to kiss your pretty face.”
Galaxies & Such is a free download from NoiseTrade.
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