10 Free MP3 Albums To Reduce Stress [Sound Sunday September 11th]
Sound Sunday remembers.
Music can reduce stress in many ways. It can calm you down, help you to focus or mediate. On the other hand, it can make you sing and dance and really get the blood flowing. This edition of Sound Sunday has it all. Get what you need and ground yourself.
Your feedback keeps me going! If you discover something you like, please share your thoughts and post your feedback in the comments. I also welcome album suggestions and genre requests via email [tina at makeuseof dot com]. All input appreciated!
Project A.D. – Defiance
Genre: indie, rock
Defiance is a collaboration album of various musicians who came together at Kompoz.com to record music in support of cancer research in the UK and US. Proceeds from this album, i.e. your donations will go to the Children Cancer Association’s Music Rx in the US and Cancer Research UK.
Defiance is a free download from Bandcamp.
Crash Of Rhinos – Distal
Genre: indie, emo, rock, post hardcore, punk
Crash of Rhinos are Oli, Biff, Draper, Jim, and Beal, five friends from Derby in the UK who, according to their Facebook Biography, where “brought together, pulled apart, then brought back together through geography & fry ups.”
Distal is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
LAB Records – LAB: For Free
Genre: pop, rock
From their homepage: “LAB Records Limited is a Manchester, UK-based pop-rock record label, established 2007. Priding itself on a strong ability to spot and develop young talent, the label’s reputation as the perfect stepping stone to a prolific career enhances by the week.”
LAB: For Free is a free download from Bandcamp.
Slim Fit – De Vita Banden
Genre: jam, lo-fi, progressive, rock
Slim Fit from Sweden released De Vita Banden (The White Bands) in the summer of 2007. The album was recorded on a 70s Hitachi cassette deck with two microphone inputs on the front. It was the band’s last album.
De Vita Banden is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Willkommen Collective – Willkommen Foxswap
Genre: experimental, indie, folk, pop, rock
From their Bandcamp page: “The other reason to do this compilation is to draw attention to the fact that almost all of the Willkommen Records stock went up in flames at the PIAS warehouse during the riots. We have a few spare albums albums kicking around in a box under the stairs but that’s about it. It is time to raise funds for the LabelLove PIAS/AIM fund which is helping labels to continue to release great music during the fall out.” If you would like to support the label, please check their Bandcamp page for further details!
Willkommen Foxswap is a free download from Bandcamp.
Wintercoats – Cathedral
Genre: ambient, chillwave, dreampop, orchestral, pop, violin
James Wallace is the man behind the Melbourne, Australia based solo project Wintercoats. Nylon Magazine writes: “If Of Montreal and Sigur Ros had a love child (yes, we realize how contradictory that is), it would be the Melbourne-based Wintercoats.”
– R O J O
Genre: rhythm & blues, soul, electro, pop
From: “Who does Rochelle Jordan think she is? On her mixtape, R O J O, She has the audacity to sample Kelis (“Earth to Your Brain”), do a mashup of “Swing My Way” and “My Boo” (“Shawty”), delve into Thom Yorke (“Sleep”), and switch up styles left and right. You know what else she has the audacity to do? Make it all work for her. Though it’s only a mixtape, R O J O has the nerve to be better than most mainstream R&B albums released this year.”
R O J O is a free download from Rochelle Jordan’s.
– Imagination With No Timeline
Genre: hip hop
From his Facebook Info: “Hip-hop artist and producer, Blais, formerly known as E.Blaze, has quite literally ’Blaze’d his way onto the music scene within the past year. His recognition and popularity has continued to open doors of opportunity, putting him on the stage with some of the greats, such as Nicki Minaj, Pit Bull & Baby Bash to name a few.”
Imagination With No Timeline is a free download from Blais’.
– See Your Face
Genre: alternative, christian, folk, country
From his: “Mason began writing and playing at a young age. His love for the creative process of music led him to write songs, compose, and fuels his interest in recording. He seeks to write music that uses familiar techniques and forms creatively. His lyrics focus on the joy and hope of knowing the Lord and the fascination that is in seeing His beauty.”
See Your Face is a free download from Bandcamp.
Ben Rector – Sampler
Genre: alternative, pop, neo-soul
It’s been over a year since I featured the first NoiseTrade Sampler of Ben Rector on Sound Sunday. On his Facebook page Ben writes: “I really enjoy writing songs and so far there have been a few people who’ve enjoyed listening to them. I hope to keep both sides of that going.”
Ben Rector’s Sampler is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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