A Musical Climax: 10 Free Albums And EPs To Download [Sound Sunday]
Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting legally free music downloads. This edition launches with an ambient music track and concludes with choir music. However, these quieter albums are merely building up towards and bringing you back down from the climax formed between dance hip hop and melodic death metal.
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!
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Free Song: Hammock – Ten Thousand Years Won’t Save Your Life
Genre: ambient, instrumental, drone, post-rock, shoegaze
From Bandcamp: “Hammock is the Nashville-based, ambient/post-rock project of guitarists Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson.”
Ten Thousand Years Won’t Save Your Life is a free download from Bandcamp.
Moses Luster and the Hollywood Lights – Stands Alone
Genre: alternative, americana, country, electronic, folk, noir
When I first featured one of Moses’ albums , he was an elusive man, with barely anything known about him online. Now, over a year later, he has a Facebook page and a proper Bandcamp profile. Time for a breakthrough!
From his Bandcamp profile: “Moses cut his teeth playing the casinos of Vegas and Reno. After years of mixing with the gamblers and lowlifes for whom the glitz of the strip was a distant memory, he finally came to Hollywood and started writing songs about his past. Like Bukowski or Tom Waits, he paints vivid pictures of the underbelly of society, but the sound is more modern, an electronic noir.”
Stands Alone is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Geoff Rickly – Mixtape 1
Genre: folk, blues, lo-fi
Geoff Rickley is the lead singer and songwriter of the American rock band Thursday. The band recently went on a hiatus. This month, Geoff has released a collection of songs via Bandcamp. The material reminds of Thursday’s quieter songs, like Empty Glass. In December, Geoff will be performing live with Anthony Green in several locations across the US.
Mixtape 1 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Mark Schottinger – The Story of Shoddy Blacktooth [No Longer Available]
Genre: folk, blues, rock, folk rock, country, jam
Mark’s first album featured on Sound Sunday was Homemade Music. He remains as mysterious today as he was back then. At least now we know that this album is for a good cause. Mark writes: “I will give 100% of the proceeds from any monetary contributions made on or before December 20, 2012 to the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. Enjoy the music and please contribute if you can.”
The Story of Shoddy Blacktooth is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Dominique LeJeune [Broken URL Removed] – Wake
Genre: dreamy, folk, pop
Dominique is a young musician from New Orleans. Part of the album was recorded during this summer’s thunderstorms at the Farbe house in River Rdige. From the album page: “Summer’s Slumber was recorded in a bedroom of a shotgun on Constance Street covered by cat scratches in September 2010.”
Wake is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Genre: experimental, soul, bass, beats
From the album page: “Never too late consists of seven tracks. The EP offers you a warm, soulful sound with a hiphop, bass-inspired touch. On the first single and title track you’ll hear the key-sound Staycen and Koen have developed; a warm and jazzy beat with lots of swing. Please stay tuned for more from these very talented artists. This is one release you don’t want to miss!”
Never Too Late is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Fresh Espresso – Jupiter
Genre: electronic, dance, indie, rap, hip hop
From their Bandcamp profile: “Fresh Espresso are P Smoov and Rik Rude. They are both Michigan natives but met in Seattle WA where they began creating music. P Smoov makes the beats, raps, and sings. Rik Rude raps. Trent Moorman on live drums. Radjaw on DJ. They bring you the perfect combination of Grime and Glamour.”
Jupiter is a free download from Bandcamp.
Proxist – SYST3M FA1LURE [No Longer Available]
Genre: melodic, hard rock, metal, death metal
This band describes themselves as a new modern metal band. The song Isolated, however, could also be categorized as hard rock. From the album page: “Proxist have been piecing together a short CD to produce a style of music they have been writing over the past few years. This EP titled ‘SYST3M FA1LURE’ is based on the modern ways of life. Our ambitions and dreams of becoming what we always wanted to be. But it never turns out that way. And we break our machine down. To destroy our soul. To make a living off nothing.”
SYST3M FA1LURE is a free download from Bandcamp.
Secret Archives of the Vatican – War on Terra
Genre: electronic, breakbeat, bass, drum and bass, dub, dubstep
From their Bandcamp profile: “Secret Archives of the Vatican are Broken Drum Records‘ main act. Their music is usually described as Transglobal Breakbeat Dub Science as it contains elements of many genres: breakbeat, dub, dubstep, drumstep, triphop, drum and bass, Indian, Arabian and Turkish musics and many more. They are a small collective, based across the UK but with main recording facilities in Croydon, South London.”
War on Terra is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
– Taster LP
Genre: instrumental, ambient, drone, shoegaze
From their Bandcamp profile: “Music / Art Project involving abstract artist Simon Welford, Mark Gardener (Ride), Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses), Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC ECO), Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), Perry Pelonero (A*Star, Bliss City East), Jaq Gallier, Chatham Rise, Her Vanished Grace and The Cult of Dom Keller. Check out our links for info on the project.”
The Taster LP is a free download from.
Video Game Music Choir – /sing [No Longer Available]
Genre: soundtrack, a cappelle, choir, choral, game music
From their Bandcamp profile: “The Video Game Music Choir is dedicated to the arrangement and performance of well-loved video game music. We take game music you know and love and arrange it for choral performance. We have an overwhelming fan base of gamers and music lovers from across the world, and are soon to reach the ears of many others with awe-inspiring game music.”
/sing is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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