Indie Rock’n’Roll & Ambient Electronic: 10 Free Music Albums [Sound Sunday]
Sound Sunday stills your music appetite with legal and free downloads from a variety of genres. Our goal is to match artists with an audience that appreciates their music. This edition is heavy on the indie rock side, but also holds gems for fans of ambient, electronic, dubstep, beats, and alternative music. Let it be a journey.
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Free Song: Kabaal (klankbaan) – This town is for lovers
Genre: acoustic, indie, folk, rock
Kabaal (klankbaan) is Floris Groenewald’s solo folk-rock act from Pretoria. While mostly consisting of acoustic folk-rock music, Kabaal (klankbaan) aims to ignore genre and language limitations. Kabaal (klankbaan) performs a variety of Afrikaans, English, or bilingual shows, with genre and tone adjustments to suit any situation.
“This town is for lovers is a dystopian song about the search for freedom and escape from whatever entraps us – whether it be love, authority, class, or geographical limits,” explains songwriter Floris Groenewald. “I wrote This town is for lovers when I wanted to break away from what I had been doing and try something new. It’s influenced by folk music, dystopian fiction and musicians/bands like The Cure, Muse, Admiral Freebee, No Dancing!, Tom Waits and Violent Femmes.”
This town is for lovers is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Flute Flies – Yes Means Maybe
From their Bandcamp profile: “Ivan, Reid, and Zeno created the Flute Flies for CyTunes.org, a site with the motto ‘Download Music, Downsize Cancer,’ designed to help our friend & one of the world’s greatest music fans, Cy Rawls, with his hospital bills while he fought against cancer. The result is a collection of 12 songs called ‘Yes Means Maybe.’ 100% of its proceeds will go to Cytunes.org in Cy’s honor to continue the fight.”
Yes Means Maybe is a name your price download from Bancamp.
Golden Sun – Selftitled
Genre: alternative, indie, funk, rock
From their Bandcamp profile: “We are a home grown four piece from Salt Lake City. Everything we put out was written, recorded, and produced by us.”
Golden Sun is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Sergeant Pluck Himself [Broken URL Removed] – The Owner
Genre: alternative, indie, powerpop, progressive pop, powerrock
Launched as a one-man studio-project by mastermind Matthias Ledwinka in 2001, Sergeant Pluck Himself evolved into a three-men-band putting the whole thing on stage including smart singer/songwriter tunes as well as heavy post core tracks. Sergeant Pluck Himself may be defined as an adult progressive pop band with catchy harmonies, complex rhythms and unconventional structures. this is contemporary music for grown-up juveniles and youthful adults.
The Owner is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Shawn Smith – Let It All Begin
Genre: rock, soul, piano
Let It All Begin is the solo debut of Seattle-based musician Shawn Smith, originally released in 1999. Shawn has since released four studio albums and played in various bands, including BRAD, Satchel, Pigeonhed, and All Hail the Crown. Most recently he collaborated with Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band and members of Maktub for the soundtrack to Boyd’s film debut ‘Faces In The Mirror.’ In February 2013, his band BRAD will tour Europe.
Let It All Begin is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Coroner for the Police – Gentleman’s Relish
Genre: indie, rock, rock & roll, blues, punk
From their Facebook page: “Formed at the start of 2012 in a dingy warehouse. Gigs followed, beer was drunk, friends were made. The Swamp Box EP was released in May 2012, with the ‘Gentleman’s Relish’ EP due out 30th November 2012.”
Gentleman’s Relish is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Black Bear Saloon – Enter
Genre: alternative, punk, rock, blues
From their Facebook page: “Rising from the ashes of Northern Irish underground heroes Throat, Element and From Where I Stand, the Black Bear Saloon first opened its doors in 2007 to rave reviews from national and international media. Comprising of singer Aaron Abernethy, bassist Rus Cookes, guitarist Pete McCavery and tub thumper Mike Barr, the boys practised in their secret hideout for months before unveiling their jarring, riff-based rock to the public with a series of raucous, life affirming gigs that appealed to a gaggle of Irish fans who appreciate grooves that would make Clutch all tingly in the nether regions, razor-sharp riffs, and melodies that will tattoo the brain in an instant.”
Enter is a name your price download from.
Scrimshire – Forgotten Songs
Genre: acoustic, rock, r&b, soul, chill, beats, jazz
From the album page: “Written and recorded between 2009 and October 2011 this is a collection of songs that came together on the way to finishing The Hollow. Some simply fell by the wayside due to collaborations being thwarted, or simply overlooked for different ideas.
Some formed the basis for better realised ideas but this is where certain methods or techniques were first tried and explored. Like the fairly Vangelis inspired 1000 Lost Letters which was part of a couple of improvisations, the second of which became the harp piece The Hollow.”
Forgotten Songs is a free download from Bandcamp.
Thibault Rivrain – Urge To Live
Thibault Rivrain is an elusive artist from Paris, France.
Urge To Live is a free download from Bandcamp.
Autonomous Music – Array Vol. 2
Genre: electronic, dubstep, funk, jam, remix, various artists
From the album page: “Autonomous Music is excited to present the second installment of Array, a compilation series that assembles the immense talent of the Autonomous roster. Known across the United States and beyond for packing out venues, the artists represented here flex their crowd-pleasing muscles across the entire spectrum of electronic music. Tracks like Emancipator’s ‘Elephant Survival’ and Yppah’s ‘Never Mess With Sunday’ lean towards downtempo and trip-hop, while others like Phutureprimitive’s remix of ‘Teardrop’ and Mochipet’s ‘Swimming In A Sea Of Galaxies’ dive deep into EDM groove territory. The diversity of material on Array is backed by uniformly strong production skills, and leaves one with the impression that some truly innovative music producers have been collected here. The music serves to underscore the passion Autonomous and its artists share for social change, whether it’s commutated through the music or through the empowering live events that Autonomous is known for. Perhaps that’s the most exciting about Array: it’s more than just music. It’s a comprehensive cultural statement from Autonomous, one of the most reliable names in electronic music.”
Array Vol. 2 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Earlyguard – Habitat
Earlyguard is an ambient music composer from Dortmund, Germany. His music consists of “mainly long drones & noises created with acoustic & electronic devices, processed with a subtl sense for minimalism and musical abstraction.”
Habitat is a free download from Bandcamp.
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