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Sound Sunday is back this week with a fine selection of free pop and rock albums. Whether you are craving indie dream pop or alternative roots rock, there is an album for every taste.
All albums are available as free or name your price downloads from Bandcamp. Please leave a donation with artists you like or at least share their work. Feel free to contact me (tina at makeuseof dot com) with suggestions and genre requests for upcoming editions of Sound Sunday.
Single: T E L E P L A Y – Victoria
Genre: alternative, indie, ambient, dream pop, shoegaze
This song has been in my singles folder for many months. It remi”nded me of summer, so I wanted to wait for the right time to share it. Now quickly, before the summer ends, this is just the song for it. Besides, I’m on my way to Victoria…
Victoria is a free download from Bandcamp.
EP: Lowboy – Selftitled
Genre: indie, alternative, pop, rock, blues
From the Bandcamp profile: “Lowboy is Adam Burnett’s (Dangermaker) stripped down indie pop rock singer-songwriter americana folk blues featuring Dave DeAngelis on keys (Dangermaker) and Dan Caporale on drums (Upstairs Downstairs, B and Not B). The result sounds like a modern take on retro pop, americana & folk, somewhere between a Velvet Underground or young Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, or Jesus and the Mary Chain…”
Lowboy is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Eric & Magill – Two Travelers
Genre: indie, folk, pop
From their Bandcamp profile: “Quite simply, Eric & Magill is Ryan Weber and Eric Osterman, two rather accomplished musicians, long time friends, and travelers. Together they create cosmic soundscapes from separate corners of the world, often enlisting a supporting cast of notable contemporaries and friends.”
Two Travelers is a free download from Bandcamp.
Dana Lee Hom – Almost Gone
Genre: indie, pop, country
From her Facebook page: “Dana Hom is an eighteen year old singer-songwriter from Albany, New York. After graduating high school at the age of sixteen, Dana went on to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she currently studies as a fifth semester student, dual majoring in both Music Business/Management and Vocal Performance. ”
Almost Gone is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Shea Collins Band – Starry Eyed Friend
Genre: alternative, classic rock, country, power pop
From the album page: “This ‘album’ was originally released in 2009 as a DIY project. 95% completed by myself, they were mostly of demo quality. After some time I decided to take them offline to make way for more finished products. I had always wanted to clean them up somehow and make them a bit more presentable without re-recording them. Enter Tom Burns. Enjoy my first adventure into the solo pop world all bright and shiny.”
Starry Eyed Friend is a free download from Bandcamp.
Pinegrove – Meridian
Genre: indie, alternative, rock, roots rock
From their Bandcamp profile: “Pinegrove is a fourpiece rock hard at work in the promotion of introspective partying! We are a band living out their dreams in a reflective lattice of flavor and strength!! From the glass-lined tanks of old Montclair… we tender this premium aural experience!!!”
Meridian is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Vinny Vegas – Land Of Giants
From their Facebook page: “Vinny Vegas stands out amongst the myriad of progressive bands emerging from Baltimore’s burgeoning art rock community. Living proof that a musical act can thrive without abandoning the DIY aesthetic, the band has self-released three critically acclaimed E.P.s and self-booked/funded many tours over their five-year existence. With each release, Vinny Vegas has shown the kind of growth that can only occur when artists maintain control over their own career. Through consistent touring, the band has managed to expand their fan base up and down the east coast and throughout the Midwest and Canada. Known for their dynamic live shows, the band has even managed to develop cult-like following in the notoriously hard to break Mid-Atlantic scenes of Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City.”
Land Of Giants is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Vundabar – Antics
Genre: indie, dance, r&b, rock
From Invisible Guy: “Vundabar [is] a band from Boston, consisting of the duo Brandon Hagen and Drew McDonald. Their debut album goes by the name of Antics, which is a neatly packaged and at times, tricky concoction of both electronic influences in their almost exclusively non-electronic music. Feel the vibes of dance(eable) garage rock, with nothing but soft-spoken – and at times; ridiculous lyrical content.”
Antics is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Neverweres – Songs Of Pillage and Merrymaking
Genre: indie, rock, alt-country, garage rock
Neverweres are a newly founded, four piece rock band from Pittsburgh. Their debut album was released in March this year. From their Facebook page: A woman asked the record store clerk if she would become possessed if she listened to our cd. The clerk replied “well I am the drummer on that cd and I’m not possessed so I don’t think so.”
Songs Of Pillage and Merrymaking is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EdTang – Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner
Genre: alternative, folk rock, post-punk, rock’n’roll
From the album page: “Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner is the sophomore release from singer/songwriter EdTang. An introspective look into the line that separates the dates of a headstone… this is an album about hope, longing, and the waning twilight of youth.”
Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
– Progstravaganza 13
Genre: sampler, progressive, ambient, rock, psychedelic, jazz fusion, metal, stoner rock, space rock
From their Bandcamp profile: “Prog Sphere Promotions is a boutique agency providing bands representation and public relations in the music industry, with a tendency of supporting up-and-coming bands from all around the world. Our primary goal is to enable these bands to be heard, as we think they really deserve attention of radio&tv stations, internet&printed magazines, web portals, and of course the fans of progressive music.”
Progstravaganza 13 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
What is a music genre you would love to see more of on Sound Sunday?