Sound Sunday is a weekly MakeUseOf feature where we offer the best free album downloads. Every edition invites you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. This week it’s all about music that rocks.
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Living Like Ghosts – False Idols
Genre: alternative, rock
From their Facebook page: “Living Like Ghosts is a dynamic 4-piece from the suburbs of Detroit Michigan. With the goal of playing music that they would want to hear, Living Like Ghosts tastefully blends together elements from many different genres in an effort to create a powerful and distinctive sound that they can call their own. (…) Living Like Ghosts has proved time and time again that they are a versatile band with a sound and message that everyone can relate to. They have played alongside bands of every genre, from grind-core to power-pop. Though their sound can not easily be defined, music-lovers of all kinds can enjoy their energetic live show and raw, powerful songs.”
False Idols is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EVEREST – Smokin’ The Town
Genre: rock, blues, funk, hard-rock, jazz
EVEREST, a band of six based in Barcelona, Spain, was formed in 2010 when three of its members attended London’s High Voltage Festival. The debut show as a band followed in November 11th, 2011 at Ovella Negra. From the album page: “This album has been recorded over the first months of our career as a complete band. We managed to record the tracks in a very humble-low cost way, so we want the album to bee non-cost too.”
Smokin’ The Town is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Folk – Say It Again
Genre: independent, grunge, pop, rock
From their Facebook page: “THE FOLK are SARA BV, EMMA BV, MARK FERRARI, LIAM MAGAHAY and PATRICK RODY; one time or part time citizens of TORONTO/GUELPH/MONCTON. The SAY IT AGAIN EP, released the day before summer, and its predecessor, YOU SAY I SAY, released the day before winter were self-produced and released with help from NICK BIFFIS.”
Say It Again is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Monet – The Chase
Genre: indie, pop, rock
Monet is a four piece rock band from the UK. But let them introduce themselves…
The Chase is a free download from Bandcamp.
Matthew Reed – Come and Drink
Genre: indie, christian, rock
From his Facebook page: “An anthem for this generation to unite as one voice to see hope arise in the darkest places on earth,” says Matthew Reed, as he describes his debut release. People who like raw worship along the likes of John Mark McMillan, Gungor, Phil Wickham and Daniel Bashta will love this cd’s unhindered creativity and sound. “These songs all came out of a hunger to see God show up in my life and a passion for the church to arise and sing for the King,” says Reed. The record was produced by Michael Rossback out of Colorado Springs, CO, who is known for his work with Gungor, Paul Baloche, and Jared Anderson.
Come and Drink is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Young Galaxy – Versus
Genre: alternative, rock
From the album page: “Montreal’s Young Galaxy create music that has been described as sexy, spacious, and haunted by ghosts in silver, black and primary colours. Young Galaxy have three albums under their belt; the latest being “Shapeshifting”, which was produced by one of the world’s most acclaimed and secretive producer Dan Lissvik (one half of the Swedish duo Studio). In late 2011, Young Galaxy was commissioned to complete a number of remixes, in which Young Galaxy were able to remix their favourite tracks from their favourite artists including; Austra, Arkells, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Junior Boys, The Sounds and many more! Young Galaxy is giving away this remix album in anticipation of releasing a brand new 7″ vinyl entitled “Shoreless Kid/Youth Is Wasted On The Young” on June 5th, 2012 (also will be available digitally) through Paper Bag Records.”
Versus is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Omega Point – The Labyrinth
Genre: electronic, experimental, progressive, rock
From their Bandcamp profile: “Born out of a mutual fascination of the unique human condition, at its very core lies an intricate mix of progressive muscianmanship, psychedelic-fuelled rantings, and the desire to make a change.”
The Labyrinth is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Jinko Vilova – CRU!
Genre: psychedelic, rock, post-punk
From an article about the album on god is in the tv: “Ascending from the Barcelona underground, Jinko Vilova‘s Iberian variant of Kosmiche injects some much needed life and rawness into the post-punk scene. Their omnivorous live jams are beaten into shape and served up as five unruly tracks of acid, psych and nihilistic – though always melodic – punk.”
CRU! is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Cloudkicker – Beacons
Genre: instrumental, progressive, rock, ambient, metal
Cloudkicker is the music project of Ben Sharp from Columbus, Ohio. From his Last.fm profile: “Cloudkicker is a one man progressive metal project from Ben Sharp (aka B.M. Sharp), heavily influenced by math metal and post-metal. Sharp utilizes drum machines and custom tuned guitars in his recordings. Progressive and instrumental influences are also obvious in his music. Aviation has been a major recurring theme within each release. Most of the song titles, album titles, and art work are inspired, derived, or influenced by Aviation. For example, each song title from Beacons was taken from actual black box recordings or radio transmissions from from crashed or malfunctioning airplanes.”
Beacons is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
– Rock Independiente Arriba Vol?.?1
Genre: independent, rock, compilation
This compilation is made up of a selection of independent bands from Colombia that belong to the respective association. The album is published under the association’s own netlabel under a Creative Commons license which demands credit is given to the original artist.
Rock Independiente Arriba Vol?.?1 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Every Day – Early Demos 2011 [No Longer Available]
Genre: ambient, instrumental, progressive, post-rock, rock
Every Day is Fallon Braddy and his microtape recorder. Fallon likes to describe his solo project with a quote from LEopold Stokowski: “A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.” So shhhhhh
Early Demos 2011 is a free download from Bandcamp.
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