11 Free MP3 Albums To Download [Sound Sunday]
Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every edition invites you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. With this edition we return to albums and EPs recorded in the studio. A variety of genres should ensure that everyone finds a gem to enjoy.
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– No Love Lost EP
Genre: acoustic, indie, rock, folk
From their homepage: “Barricades Rise are Jonathan Coates and Michael McEntee. Based in the Midlands (UK) they are an acoustic duo and the music they produce can be described as Acoustic-Folk-Rock. Comparisons can be made to a blend of Mumford & Sons, Turin Brakes and Elvis Perkins.”
No Love Lost EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Wilson – Painted On Silence
Genre: alternative, indie, ambient, soul, folk, jazz
From his Bandcamp profile: “Wilson has steadily built up a buzz of anticipation throughout the London circuit. Inspiration from an eclectic fuse of soul, folk and jazz combined with passionate musicianship has given Wilson leverage into setting himself apart from the rest!”
Painted On Silence is a free download from Bandcamp.
Lou Wreath – Exploding Diagram
From Lou’s Facebook page: “To complete a “rough cut,” film editors used to cut, splice and paste frame by frame, creating full-length narratives 1/20th of a second at a time. There is a prowess that comes from working in such small spaces, as the flow of a story goes from good to great, and this made moviemaking seem effortless to the unwitting film fiends of the last century.
It is working in this detail that offers Lou Wreath’s Kris Glabush occasion to sharpen those vintage devices in his storytelling. The nakedness of playing in a smaller group helps to bring his haunting experiences into raw and compelling detail. This montage is furnished with equal parts hard living, warm moments and deep suffering.”
Exploding Diagram is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Folkroom Records – Folkroom Presents: Anthology One
Genre: acoustic, folk, singer-songwriter, compilation
From their homepage: “Folkroom Records is a boutique digital record label run by writers Stephen Thomas and Robbie Wojciechowski, and musician and producer Ben Walker. After attracting the finest of the city’s burgeoning folk scene to the trio’s ‘Folkroom’ gigs, the step to develop a label seemed like a simple decision. Combining their individual skills and shared love of folk music, Stephen, Ben and Robbie are excited to be bringing some of their very favourite acts to a larger audience. The label is, like any record label should be, the result of a passion for and dedication to great music.”
Folkroom Presents: Anthology One is a free download from Bandcamp.
Vintage Trouble – NoiseTrade Sampler
Genre: rhythm & blues, rock
From the album page: “Vintage Trouble, based in Los Angeles, is the brainchild of Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar). Combining their love for original soul and rhythm & blues, the two set up a basic home studio in Venice Beach and started crafting the beginnings of Vintage Trouble. Already a friend of both, Rick Barrio Dill (bass) came along and added his shared bass influences and energy into the newly formed project. To make the band complete, Richard Danielson (drums) was recruited not long after to add the authentic and edgy take that was needed on the drums. With these collective energies and inputs in place, a new kind of soul band had been born with unlimited creativity and force.”
Vintage Trouble’s NoiseTrade Sampler is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman
Genre: folk, soul
From his Facebook profile: “Bhi Bhiman is an American original, and yet he seems transported from an era when songs were more important than the pretty faces that delivered them. His rich, bellowing tenor can soothe or explode at a moment’s notice. His lived-in, knowing delivery belies his years. His songwriting, too, is quick to captivate. Bhi’s mix of humor and deep empathy puts him in the company of distinguished (and much older) lifelong songsmiths like John Prine, Nick Lowe and Randy Newman. And Bhiman’s technical, emotive guitar playing rises to the challenge that his striking voice presents.”
Bhiman is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Recoder – Hidden In Plain View
Genre: alternative, emo, pop, punk, rock
From their Facebook page: “Formed out of the ashes of Jesse James when Rich and Guy decided that they still wanted to make music together, although without a bassist. Jase then tagged along afterwards, having been in talks with Guy about playing together again.”
Hidden In Plain View is a free download from Bandcamp.
Olympian – Rusted
Genre: hardcore, punk, rock
From their Facebook page: “Olympian are a melodic hardcore band coming from the Southwest. They have a lot of passion and energy in both their songs and their performances. They hope to share the stage with as many like minded people as possible.”
Rusted is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Awax & Ariano – Gold Fire
Genre: hip hop
Awax is a member of the OC group The Rhythm Writers.
Gold Fire is a free download from Bandcamp.
THREE KINGS HIGH – Demo
Genre: indie, soul, pop, rock, hip hop
From their Facebook page: “Born in the cultural melting pot that is Bristol, Three Kings High consists of band members from as North and as South as England goes and they’re influenced by about as many genres as there are cities in-between.
Rooted in Hip Hop but combining uplifting, soulful, indie melodies with beats as likely to have been inspired by drum ‘n bass as old funk records. Three Kings High deliver an uncompromised portrayal of living and working in England and write songs with a message that will stay on repeat in your head for days.”
Demo is a free download from.
– Gone In 60 Seconds – Vol.2
Genre: experimental, ambient, indie, pop, rock, post rock
I Heart Noise is a blog born out of the dream to create the ultimate rock music encyclopedia. In summer 2010 the blog launched the project Gone In 60 Seconds and called for songs that are no longer than one minute. This project was repeated the following year. From the I Heart Noise website: “Second volume of audio miniatures from I Heart Noise! This one features contributions from Marax, Unsacred Hearts, Cheapmachines, Handglops, VRSA, No Anchor and many more!”
Gone In 60 Seconds – Vol.2 is a free download from Bandcamp.
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