11 Free MP3 Albums & EPs From Straight Rock To Electronic Trip Hop [Sound Sunday]

Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads since May 2010. What has kept this column going for so long is my love for music. Through Sound Sunday I have discovered dozens of great bands and have learned to appreciate many different genres. My hope is that I can help you find new music you love every week.

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Anavae – Into the Aether

Genre: rock

Anavae is a female fronted band from London, UK.

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Into the Aether is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Diamond Youth – Don’t Lose Your Cool

Genre: alternative, indie, rock

From their Bandcamp profile: “By the grace of extensive video chatting and garage band recordings, Diamond Youth was born in bedrooms scattered across Baltimore, Chicago, and Richmond. Heavily Influenced by 90’s alternative music, Skateboarding, and girls, Don’t Lose Your Cool [has been] available on vinyl and tape [since] May.

Don’t Lose Your Cool is a free download from Bandcamp.

Monobrow – Bennington Triangle Blues

Genre: instrumental, rock, psychedelic rock, metal

From their Facebook page: “Formed on an icy day in 2009, the band developed an instant chemistry through a common love for heaviosity. Positive reactions from local audiences encouraged the band to enter the studio with Ottawa legend, Paul “Yogi” Granger. The result is an 8 track self-titled vinyl and digital debut that MONOBROW independently produced and released in the spring of 2011. Through word-of-mouth, local radio play, and various music blogs, the band has sold records all over the world and gained praise throughout the heavy music community.
In 2012, Monobrow teamed up with Yogi at Meatlocker studios once again and the result was Bennington Triangle Blues. Six riff-fueled tracks that saw the band expand their sound.

Bennington Triangle Blues is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Ambulars – Dreamers Asleep at the Wheel

Genre: indie, pop, rock, punk

The Ambulars are a three piece Do-It-Yourself power pop / melodic pop punk band. Originally from around Washington, DC, they now call Philadelphia and Chicago their home.

Dreamers Asleep at the Wheel is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Likes Lions – First The Head, Later The Tale

Genre: alternative, indie, math-pop, math-rock, post-indie, post-rock, rock

From their Facebook page: “Greg likes lions, Will likes lions, Kyle likes lions, Martin is coming around to the idea of lions, Rich doesn’t mind lions. Thus sometime after their formation in Sheffield in late 2009, they decided to name their musical collective Likes Lions.

First The Head, Later The Tale is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Clare Wheeler & Tyler Gilmore – Crossing

Genre: a cappella, fusion, modern jazz

From Tyler’s homepage: “Tyler Gilmore composes chamber music ranging from jazz to modern classical. He leads Ninth and Lincoln, an orchestra that fuses big band sounds, 20th century symphonic influences and electronic textures.??Tyler has written and conducted for big band, studio orchestra, symphonic wind ensemble, string quartet, brass quintet and more.
For Crossing he teamed up with Jazz singer Clare Wheeler, who provided the vocals project.

Crossing is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Tree No Leaves – Tragick Magick Mystics

Genre: experimental, ambient, a capella, blues, dub electronic, post rock, psychedelic rock

From their Bandcamp profile: “We are travelers of the aural unknown, riding the limitless wave of newborn sounds into the collective ear. These sounds look to travel into the mind spaces of those who hear its voice and in that exchange there is a hope to inspire and share in the artistic creativity that we all experience together.

Tragick Magick Mystics is a free download from Bandcamp.

talk midway – the front street ep

Genre: experimental, electronica, ambient, lo-fi, beats

The man behind talk midway is New York-based experimental musician Patrick Nylen. He writes about his two most recent albums the comp ep and the front street ep: “the albums are half/ beat-based, sample-hungry pop and half/ atmospheric ambient. i use standard instruments, found sound, casio keyboards, cassettes, am/fm signals, and lots of effects.

the front street ep is a free download from talk midway’s Homepage.

Jeremy Messersmith – Paper Moon

Genre: ambient, acoustic, folk, chill, pop

From his Facebook page: “To call Jeremy Messersmith a musician is half-truth: He’s also a storyteller, who has carefully crafted a trilogy of songs that narrate life.

Paper Moon is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Dragonfly Lingo – All Right

Genre: experimental, electronic, cyberpunk, ebm, idm, industrial, remix

From his Facebook page: “Dragonfly Lingo is an electronic industrial act, started in 2009 by the music and film sound engineer, sound producer, and musician Mitia Wexler in Rouen, France.
Mitia writes: “The music is a bit of a melting pot with something for the fans of Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails, but also The Chemical Brothers and Underworld. I made an album inspired by motion pictures, applying the music/film sample process backwards — instead of adapting film samples to music, I built music around dialogue bits that stood out for me. The album is rather concept, with each track dedicated to one film. (…) All Right is inspired by Shinya Tsukamoto’s indie sci-fi gem Tetsuo: The Iron Man.

All Right is a free download from Bandcamp.

Arcane Revolver – The French EP

Genre: electronic, glitch, trip hop, glitch hop

From Arcane Revolver’s Facebook page: “Arcane Revolver is a new, driving electronica project from Brisbane producer Josh Jett. Utilising speech samples, rising synthlines, big drops, and powerful bass, the songs draw you in slowly and build epic sonic landscapes.
Each track echoes the electronica greats that have come before yet twists and warps into something fresh and powerful. Touching on genres such as Glitch, UK Bass/Funky, & Trip-Hop.

The French EP is a free download from Bandcamp.

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