11 Free MP3 Albums with a Twist [Sound Sunday]
Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every Sunday we invite you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. Each album in this edition has a special twist to it, a delicate story, a strange mix, a captivating sound, or a magic voice. Come explore the magic world of music with us.
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Kirby Lauryen – The Introduction
Genre: r&b, soul, acoustic, jazz
From her ReverbNation artist bio: “She sits. With a pen in her right hand, and a left hand filled with emotion, desire, questions, and unsung poems. She seeks to empty herself, and in turn receive fulfillment from written pages of words that often times go unsaid. She is a woman who sings, a woman who writes, but most importantly she is a woman who feels; and those feelings, those unshakeable feelings, allow her to create the musical in which she lives.
Kirby Lauren Dockery, a native of Memphis, TN began singing at the tender age of 2, and 19 later is embarking on her journey to the BIG STAGE.”
The Introduction is a free download from.
Sanchez, the Devil & the Hierophant – Mnemosyne
Genre: alternative, indie, experimental, electronic, pop, post rock, rock
From their Bandcamp profile: [Sanchez, the Devil & Hierophant] “Is a five piece experimental band originating from Utrecht, Holland. They draw from a diverse spectrum of genres, ranging from post-metal to hardcore to folk, the result of which is a sprawling and dynamic sound. Intertwining abrasive and churning riffs with long unwinding passages, they make for an immersive listening experience.”
Mnemosyne is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
– Arquitectura Del Frío Versiones y Remixes
Genre: alternative, indie, rock, pop, post punk, post punk rock
In their Facebook biography, the four piece band from Buenos Aires, Argentina writes: “We landed in a land unknown to man…”
Arquitectura Del Frío Versiones y Remixes is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
The Sexy Accident – Kinda Like Fireworks
Genre: indie, electrical, pop
From their Homepage: Kansas City’s The Sexy Accident play “forceful, even fiery power-pop” “driven by catchy melodies and smart, real-life lyric writing.” Songwriter Jesse Kates “sings with a devotion and sensitivity that’s sometimes surprising.” (The Big Takeover)
Kinda Like Fireworks is a free download from Bandcamp.
B.K. Ferris – No Lamb, No Trout
Genre: experimental, psychedelic, jazz
If anyone’s album has deserved to be in this edition of Sound Sunday, then it is B.K. Ferris’ No Lamb, No Trout. Every song is a master-piece-mix of music and sounds from present and past times. Ferris is a member of The Van Allen Belt and Nonstop Everything. From Nonstop Everything profile on SoundCloud: “Employing a sonic who’s-who of music over the last century, The Van Allen Belt created an unprecedented musical style that is catching among communities of music and art aficionados. Influenced by a variety of artists -ground-breaking and legendary as well as under-appreciated and long forgotten- The Van Allen Belt stitch their influences directly into their album sleeves.”
No Lamb, No Trout is a free download from Bandcamp.
Kabaal (klankbaan) – B-sides (wat met ‘n A begin)
Genre: indie, acoustic, folk, rock
From his Facebook page: “Kabaal (klankbaan) is Pretoria-based musician Floris Groenewald’s solo (with a little help from his friends) music project. While mostly consisting of acoustic Afrikaans-language music, Kabaal (klankbaan) aims to ignore genre and language limitations.”
B-sides (wat met ‘n A begin) is a free download from.
– Prodigal Songs
Genre: indie, experimental, americana, folk, punk, avant-garde
From the album page: “In 2002 Matt Beneventi & I started recording some of this material in Seattle, WA USA. I was addicted to drugs & alcohol for a long time, making very little progress as the next couple years went by. My songs were mostly pitiful junkie autobiographies about things like being up to my neck in hospital bills from nearly dying of drug overdoses a handful of times.
When 2005 arrived there wasn’t much left of my life at all. I was homeless, in my own personal hell of full-blown addiction. My mother convinced me to go to a long term rehab at Denver Rescue Mission in Denver, CO USA. There I stayed for the next year & a half, slowly recovering from the damage done as my spirit began to awake. I wrote songs about my redemption & recorded them on a 4 track well into 2006 right there in the institution.
It’s a dream of mine that this record will be able to pass along a message of hope & to let anyone out there who needs it know that you are not alone.”
Prodigal Songs is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Adam Sams – Welcome to the Motion
Genre: acoustic, folk, rock, melodica
From the album page: “When I was 9, I started playing guitar. I wanted to play it like the musicians who inspired me.
When I was 14, I started writing lyrics and crafting melodies. I wanted to convey truth and meaning through my art. I wanted my music to be bigger than me.
Almost 19 now, I finally feel that my messages are worth sharing. “Welcome to the Motion” is my first attempt at sharing my songs with the world. These songs convict me every time I sing them in a live setting. I hope they encourage you the way my favorite songs have encouraged me.”
Welcome to the Motion is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Mountain Tamer – The Glad
Genre: experimental, funk, rock, psychedelic
From the album page: “Writing, recording, and producing has taken up just about a year of our lives so we naturally have poured our entire beings into this release. We want to give a huge thank you to all of our fans, who have supported us since the start.”
The Glad is a free download from.
– Stepping Down EP
Genre: alternative, independent, hardcore
From their record label: “Four years after the two song demo New Beginnings was released Keep Your Head Up has released new material. Stepping Down is the latest EP from the Diamond Bar Bears. It’s a four song EP that clocks in at just under six minutes. As with every piece of work they’ve released, the line up is different than the last time they recorded. Samuel Starbust is back with the group, but now on the skins.”
Stepping Down EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Bear Brawler – Tales From The Putrid Swamp
Genre: metal, doom, down-tempo, stoner
From their SoundCloud page: “Bear Brawler was formed in January 2010 in the swamp-town of Lisieux in the middle of the French Bayou. The three members of the band, Jez (Bass / Vocals), Martin (Drums), Beartrand (Guitar) shared their taste for low-end down-tempo metal and gave birth to a first demo entitled “Tales from the putrid swamp” in March 2011. Our creed: heavy riffs, fat sound and sepulchral voice ! The band is still writing new stuff, which we hope will come out soon. Stay doooomed!!!”
Tales From The Putrid Swamp is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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