10 Free Music Albums: The Wild Folk Americana Edition [Sound Sunday]

Sound Sunday brings you the best free and legal music downloads on the net. Towards the end of the week I sit down to go through my album archives, browse Twitter and Bandcamp, review recommendations and submissions, and put together the edition for the same week. Often I find more than I can feature and I file it for another time. This week I emptied my over-bursting folk & americana folder. The amount of talent in this world is truly inexhaustible. It should give us joy and hope.

If you know of a talent that deserves to be featured here, especially if it’s your own, please contact tina at this domain. I’m happy to hear from you!

Single: Brendan Bonsack – Folk of Neversleep

Genre: alternative, folk, bluesy, rock

From his Bandcamp profile: “Music of songwriter and poet Brendan Bonsack. Folk noir for modern primates.”

Folk of Neversleep is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

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LP Preview: Right On Yukon – Upcoming LP

Genre: indie, folk, soul, blues, rock

Just last month, I featured Right On Yukon’s The National Policy album. They are currently working on a new long player, which can be previewed on Bandcamp. From the sound of the first two songs rich in melodies and instruments, perfectly melded together to form a folk-orchestral sound.

Upcoming LP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Geoff Rickly – Darker Matter

Genre: folk, blues, lo-fi, noise

Geoff Rickley is better known as lead singer of the American rock band Thursday. While the band is on a hiatus, Geoff is working on solo material. This is his second mixtape since November 2012. The compositions are slightly idiosyncratic. You can see Geoff perform live throughout June and September across the US.

Darker Matter is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Audience Of Actors – Love Like Thieves

Genre: alternative, indie, folk, shoegaze, cuontry, lo-fi, pop

Audience Of Actors appears to be a one-man project of a singer-songwriter located somewhere in the northwest of the US. Calm acoustic compositions, melancholic melodies, and lyrics delivered with a soothing voice. They reach far beyond his home.

Love Like Thieves is a free download from Bandcamp.

EP: Andrew Foshee – Headphones Required

Genre: alternative, indie, americana, folk, pop, rock

From his Bandcamp profile: “Andrew Foshee is an indie-pop musician/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. He prefers to make records in the comfortable confines of his modest home studio.”

Headphones Required is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Tyler Stenson – Lovely Little Victory

Genre: acoustic, americana, folk

From his Bandcamp profile: “Tyler Stenson is singer/songwriter in Portland whose music is elegant at its core. Twice-named Portland’s ‘Songwriter of the Year’ by the Portland Songwriters Association and recently named ‘Best Male Artist’ at the Portland Music Awards, Stenson’s music is refreshingly reminiscent of classic singer-songwriter greats such as James Taylor and Cat Stevens.”

Lovely Little Victory is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Lia Rose – Bricks & Bones

Genre: indie, folk, rock, alt-country

In 2010, San Francisco based singer-songwriter Lia Rose ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her debut solo album. Since then she has built a respectable discography, with Bricks & Bones being the latest addition. It’s an album that demonstrates all her skill and maturity as a musician.

Bricks & Bones is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Summer Salt – The Places You Call Home

Genre: indie, folk, pop, country

From their band profile on MFT: “Summer Salt was born in the early summer of 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana. For the previous year, [front woman] Emi Knight had written, recorded, and collected songs like journal entries, about growing up, trials of living, and finding home. When she was asked to play a set for the ‘locals night’ at Plan-It-X Fest, she took the show as motivation to record a cohesive album of her songs. Enlisting friends to sing and play along, Summer Salt was formed over the course of a few weeks, and they recorded The Places You Call Home, in the basement of Jonathan Morrison within the week before Plan-It-X Fest. ”

The Places You Call Home is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Caribou Horses – Songs For Mal

Genre: acoustic, folk, country

From Something Daily, the world’s simplest music blog: “Every February there’s an international music challenge — the RPM Challenge – and the goal is to record 35 minutes or 10 tracks of new material, in 28 days. Newfoundland takes it seriously, and accounts for about half of the world’s output. This year’s overnight sensation was a supergroup effort. Bryan Power (Pilot to Bombardier), who rents a room to local darling songstress Joanna Barker, and is boyfriend to Rebecca South (The Drows), banded together with a friend of theirs, Annie Mcewen to record a few songs of their own, while accompanying each other on others.”

Songs For Mal is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

the yawns – two days in the dark

Genre: experimental, folk, rock, americana

From the album page: “two cold weeks holed up in the studio – creating new songs and rearranging old ones”

two days in the dark is a free download from Bandcamp.

Arbor – Divide by Zero

Genre: alternative, ambient, acoustic, folk, rock

From their Bandcamp profile: “Thank you for listening.
Pianos, Guitars, Cigar Boxes, and plenty of Coffee make Arbor a great addition to your collection.”

Divide by Zero is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Heyward Howkins – The Hale & Hearty

Genre: indie, folk, soul, rock

From their Bandcamp profile: “The strikingly beautiful debut release from Heyward Howkins (The Hale & Hearty) is like a patchwork suit–equal parts British tweed (see Nick Drake, John Cale, The Smiths) and dusty American flannel (see Bon Iver, M. Ward, Damien Jurado). Heyward has crafted an album with diverse sounds and surprising arrangements that compliment, but never overwhelm, his evocative melodies and lyrics.”

The Hale & Hearty is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

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