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11 Legal Free MP3 Album Downloads [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 04-03-2012

Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every edition invites you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. Once again I have compiled a varied mix, to keep you entertained for an entire week.


Please share your thoughts and post your feedback in the comments. Album submissions, suggestions, and genre requests via email [tina at makeuseof dot com] are most welcome!

StayOkay! – Disperse

Genre: pop, rock´

StayOkay! is a four piece rock band from Dublin, Ireland. They have previously been featured Sound Sunday: 10 Free MP3 Albums To Download [May 1st Edition] Read More on Sound Sunday with their 2011 debut Time To Grow. Their new EP Disperse was released this weekend.

Disperse is a free download from Bandcamp.

Fiver – Here

Genre: indie, folk, pop, rock


From their Facebook page: “What does “Fiver” mean, you ask? Well, in a literal sense, Fiver is a character in a book called Watership Down who basically saves those brave enough to believe in him from being killed. But in a figurative sense, Fiver stands for putting faith in something, even if you’re unsure what the outcome will be. It’s believing in faith and hope and grace, and not being fooled by the outward appearance of the way something seems to be.

Here is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Ashtar Command – American Sunshine

Genre: alternative

From their Facebook page: “Sci-fi fans may recall the concept of “Ashtar Command” that emerged in the 1950’s – an intergalactic U.N. with the mission of assisting the human race in a time of crisis. Think evolution by enlightenment, which makes the name a fitting metaphor for the band and what they’re trying to accomplish.
American Sunshine, Ashtar Command’s debut album, evolved organically, a labor of love from veteran musicians Chris Holmes and Brian Liesegang, American Sunshine is an expansive and coherent album that defies being reduced to a single genre.


American Sunshine is a free download from their LA record label Dilettante.

The Nico Blues – Die Happy

Genre: alternative, indie, rock, rock&roll

From their homepage: “The Nico Blues are a last wave rock band from New Jersey. Their new EP “Die Happy” was released on February 29th, 2012 and was recorded, produced, and mixed in the band’s basement. The first full-length album titled “Blame the Boredom, Blame the Basements” was released on their own Tiny Giant Records imprint in June 2010. In true DIY spirit, The Nico Blues book all of their own shows and have organized bands in the community through the Tiny Giant Artist Collective, which they co-founded. As a result, they have gained a devoted regional following.

Die Happy is a name your price download from Bandcamp.


Jenny and Tyler – Faint Not

Genre: folk, pop, rock, soulgrass

From the album page: “In 2010, husband-wife duo Jenny & Tyler released their third record Faint Not. For a limited time, download all of Faint Not plus three acoustic versions of brand new songs – in anticipation of their new full-length release Open Your Doors on April 3rd.

Faint Not is a free download from NoiseTrade.

pi – You In Coulour

Genre: blues, garage, psychedelic


The three man band pi from Austin, Texas describe themselves as being groovy and with in interest in playing shows. And quite frankly, they make rather pleasant noise.

You In Coulour is a free download from NoiseTrade.

Vuneny – V2

Genre: alternative, indie, electronic, experimental, post-rock

From their Facebook page: “Vuneny are an experimental band, formed in 2003 as “electro-acoustic” project. Continuously experimenting with the sound, Vuneny perform and implement music collaborating with different artists and music forms, metamorphosing itself into dynamic “work in progress” constantly upgrade and disperse.

V2 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Re:Enactment – Sport

Genre: electronic, dance, punk, rock

From their Facebook page: “Since 2007, Re:Enactment have become a staple live band in Brisbane with a reputation for bringing the party in a Dance-Rock fashion. As a key band on the excellent DIY collective LoFly Records (Mr Maps, Nova Scotia, Toy Balloon), Re:Enactment are poised to break-through to national & international audiences. The band are managed through Paper Street Records while being signed to LoFly Records.
Re:Enactment’s sound is punchy, driving electro-punk reminiscent of bands like Soulwax, Bloc Party, and Yeasayer. See them live and we challenge you not to dance!

Sport is a name your price download from Bandcamp.


Genre: rhythm&blues, soul, urban

From her IndieGoGo page: “McCoy currently released her second album titled “Truth & Reality”, in the summer of 2011. The album covers relationships and heartbreak with a few up-tempo club jams. My writing style reflects the growing pains of relationships, how the trials of life can transpire through events of a relationship and how one must move on. I want my music heard all over the world. I want to inspire those who need it.” Enjoy the above album? Support Jay’s IndieGoGo campaign and enable her to record another album.

TRUTH and REALITY is a free download from Bandcamp.

Bastille – Other People’s Heartache

Genre: electronic, pop, rock, remix, covers

Bastille is a band from London, UK. Other People’s Heartache is a mixtape of covers. You can preview the entire album on their SoundCloud page.

Other People’s Heartache is a free download from the album’s own Homepage.

Jake Kaufman – FX4

Genre: chiptune, funk, game, nes, metal

From the album page: “FX4 is a concept album set in the oceans and skies. Its story immediately precedes that of FX3.
The album is free, and I am not expecting or asking for payment, although I appreciate donations — the proceeds will go toward software I need for my one-man indie game project.
Unlike the previous albums, which were written as “soundalikes” using sampled chip sounds, FX4 consists of machine code that can run on a real NES system. It was written in Famitracker, available for free at famitracker.com.

FX4 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here.

Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material, suggestions, and feedback or simply add your comments below.

Related topics: Indie Music, Music Album, Sound Sunday.

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  1. printer toners
    March 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Die happy is one that i was searching for. thanks for giving me opportunity to download it without any paying. 

    • Tina
      March 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      You are more than welcome. I just wish you wouldn't promote your toner website so blatantly. This makes your comment look like spam. Is it?

  2. Kênia Lima
    March 5, 2012 at 3:28 am

    that vuneny album is not free :(

    • Peric
      March 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

      it's "name your price". just add "0".

      • Tina
        March 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        Exactly right, Peric. Thank you!

  3. Amit Sharma
    March 5, 2012 at 2:07 am

    nice list to own some legal music, I would like to add one more, please visit this link to download ColdPlay's LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT LEFT whole legal album.

    • Tina
      March 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Great one, Amit. I think I featured that one about two years ago, when I started the free album series. But it's still a great album that people should go and download!

  4. Martyn Jones
    March 5, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Doesnt everyone check out amazon mp3? There are LOADS of free albums to download.

    • Tina
      March 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Problem with Amazon is that many free album downloads are available only to users in the US. I try to be as international as possible. Besides, I'm not in the US myself, so can't download many of these albums.

      Moreover, last time I looked Amazon didn't offer streaming widgets like Bandcamp or NoiseTrade. Has that changed?