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11 Relaxing MP3 Albums To Download For Free [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 24-06-2012

Sound Sunday is a feature offered every week here at MakeUseOf where we present some of the best free album downloads from the web. Every edition takes you on a sound journey to various genres and artists from around the world. This edition offers a relaxing mix of folk, americana, pop, rock, and electronic music.


Note that name your price albums can be downloaded for free by entering 0 in the price field. That said, we strongly recommend you to donate a few dollars for music you enjoy!

We welcome you to submit your music, send suggestions with free albums you have discovered, or request genres we haven’t covered in a while. For all Sound Sunday related inquiries, please contact Tina [tina at makeuseof dot com].

Eastern Phoebes – Lion Gardiner

Genre: indie, pop, folk

From their website: “Eastern Phoebes is the homemade music project of two lovers: Ry Smith and Meg Bayley. The pair records music in their lakeside cottage [on Long Island, NY], and releases records independently online for free.

Lion Gardiner is a name your price download from Bandcamp.


Will Stratton – Vile Bodies

Genre: indie, american, blues, folk, rock

From his Bandcamp profile: “Will Stratton (b. 1987, Woodland, CA) is an American songwriter, composer, and arranger. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Vile Bodies is a free download from Bandcamp.

Caleb Groh – Bottomless Coffee

Genre: americana, country, folk, rock


From his Bandcamp profile: “Caleb Groh (pronounced GROW) released Homemade(2008) at 16 years-old under the moniker Happiest Lion, followed by Mammoth Moon(2010), and two Christmas albums as Caleb and the Caroling Caravan.
Caleb howls melodic folk songs about historical and biblical figures in fictional contexts, anthropomorphism, coffee, and the love of throws as opposed to the throes of love.

Bottomless Coffee is a free download from Bandcamp.

We Only Said – Selftitled

Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock, post-rock, shoegaze

From their Facebook page: “We Only Said is the project driven for almost three years now by Florian Marzano, guitarist in the 8-guitar ensemble of Olivier Mellano’s Pink Iced Club and in the group Trunks, alongside Laetitia Shériff. Florian Marzano shares the stage with Mathias Prime, Stéphane Fromentin, Loïg Nguyen & Pierre Marolleau. As for their music, We Only Said hovers at the crossroads of post-rock (Unwound, June of 44, The For Carnation) and North American indie pop (Minus Story, Midlake).


The selftitled album We Only Said is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Artifacts – Selftitled

Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock, power pop

From their Facebook page: “The Artifacts formed in 2011 while studying at Skidmore College. The trio is comprised of Jon Wan (lead vocals, keyboard), Zoë Brecher (vocals, drums), and Leo Cancelmo (guitar). Their sound can be described as indie pop mixed with alternative rock and a hint of funk. They have performed numerous times on campus, a highlight being when they opened for Givers in October of 2011. They plan on continuing to play together in New York City.

The selftitled album The Artifacts is a name your price download from Bandcamp.


Lousy Robot – Hail The Conquering Fool

Genre: alternative, indie, rock, postpunk, power pop, synth pop

From their Homepage: “Lousy Robot’s songs are cynical, heartfelt and tinged with despair. These boys are happy to sit you down and tell you what has gone wrong in their lives, but you’ll have to pour a drink for them and have one yourself. The pain and regret are not sugarcoated, and neither is their noisy, post-punk music. These songs are the soundtracks to the dramas of lost love and misguided anger, but with better hooks and a 20-20 hindsight view of matters.

Hail The Conquering Fool is a name your price download from Bandcamp [Broken URL Removed].

Milesmore – Selftitled

Genre: indie, rock

Milesmore is a four piece alternative rock band from Helsinki, Finland.

The selftitled album Milesmore is a free download from Bandcamp.

Van Gogh Sky – have/had

Genre: alternative, experimental, indie rock, math rock

From their Facebook page: “That Van Gogh sky shrinks the city, that shrinks me. (Where the sky meets the city, meet me). Man’s amazing paved maze dictates paths we take. I know you know traps ease. I know no trapeze.

have?/?had is a free download from Bandcamp.

Magic Man – Real Life Color

Genre: indie, electronic, pop, dance-pop, indie-pop, indie rock

From the album page: “After months of planning and preparation, the first release from Magic Man is ready for you to hear. The songs were written at several different locations in France, including a chateau, a farm, a circus festival, and a beach cottage and brought back home to the states for further recording and editing (most of which was done in small dorm rooms and transmitted between band members with the aid of the world wide web).
We’ve put a lot of work into these ten songs and would really like you to hear them, so we’ve decided to put the entire album up for free download. You don’t have to pay anything (unless, of course, you feel strongly compelled to do so)–all we ask is that, if you like the songs, please share them with anyone you think will enjoy them as well.

Real Life Color is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Spaces – Voyage

Genre: experimental, instrumental, indie, post-rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, soundscape

From the album page: “Voyage is the debut album by the Brooklyn-based band, Spaces. Made up of conceptual/experimental post-rock songs that were released monthly, collectively telling a story bound together by similar sounds and sonic qualities. Artwork inspired by each respective track was also released alongside the songs, created by local artist and friend, James Sanford.
Spaces is an experimental/instrumental band formed in 2008, comprised of Franco Colon and Duke Ahrens; two Florida natives currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. The two write and record all songs, with the occasional help of guest performers.

Voyage is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Vortex Rikers – Short Stories

Genre: electronic, chillwave, ambient, dark, grave, wave, post-dubstep

Vortex Rikers is an ambient elctronic band from Dortmund, Germany.

Short Stories is a free 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. Erez Zukerman
    June 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

    This is the second day when I have this post open in a tab, just moving from album to album as my work soundtrack. :) Awesome picks!

    • Tina
      June 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Glad you enjoy the music, Erez! :)

  2. Roshin idi
    June 26, 2012 at 2:13 am

    These are pretty good songs. Thank You.

  3. Joshua Clarke
    June 25, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Lovin' these articles -- keep 'em coming! Could we maybe see some free dubstep albums in the future?

    • Tina
      June 25, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Hey Joshua,

      Thanks for the feedback! And yes, I can watch out for dubstep for you.

      • Susendeep Dutta
        June 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        Yes,I would also like to see it too.

        • Tina
          June 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

          There is one dubstep album in the July 1st edition of Sound Sunday.