Every week is a new experience, learning new things, meeting new people, and growing beyond yourself. You compile the soundtrack of your life. Take it on the road and let it help you see things in a new light. Hopefully, you will find elements you would like to take along in this edition of Sound Sunday.
If you want to push Sound Sunday in a different direction, post your feedback in the comments or send your suggestions to tina at makeuseof dot com.
Donnie Walden III – As Simple as it Gets
Genre: acoustic, alternative, pop, folk, reggae
From his Bio: “i have been passionate about music and performing since i was a boy. as i grew my love for the art and creativity in all aspects of the industry i began to understand where i ultimately wanted to be. on stage. on records. i live to create and share my music and it’s message with anyone who will listen. i try to envision melodies intertwining with new and old genres. trying to merge different cultures because in all reality, the more we differentiate ourselves without accepting each other, the farther we grow apart. music can change a person’s reason to live, or reason to die. it can impose ideas, and generate conception. it is a reason to live in this reality. it is what keeps me alive. i am here to share my journey of creating, sharing, believing, and ultimately learning to love through a shared feeling. the feeling of music.”
As Simple as it Gets is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
The Black Bullet Promise – The Truth, My Dear
Genre: indie, americana, country, folk
From their Bandcamp profile: “So…. As the story goes….a few years ago we were recording a Tom Waits tune…I was drinking…..somehow we both ended up with guitars and spent the next few hours recording one song after another…..having no lyrics…..increasing this idea of some great American tale of lust and murder…..as the day went on it became more defined as some moral play about a train riding serial killer who really only wanted to fill his heart with the love of one who was lost…..
For a few years this idea churned and burned in our heads as William continued onward and I continued downward….until this spring with the help of our mutual love of Zimmerman we decided to finally make this story whole…one that had a beginning and no ending…or was it the opposite?”
The Truth, My Dear is a free download from Bandcamp.
Elias – E – Sidez
Genre: alternative, indie, melodic, rock, electronic
This E – Sidez album features three exclusive remixes by Shawn Penner from the album Lasting Distraction of the Vancouver, British Columbia based rock band Elias.
E – Sidez is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Skinny Minnies – Remote.
Genre: indie, pop
The Skinny Minnies is an indie pop band from Toulouse, France. Mikael, Clement, Tom, and Camille have recently released their first EP, which contains four fast paced pop songs with a lot of positive energy.
Remote. is a free download from Bandcamp.
Nouveau Vélo – Courgette Demo
Genre: healing, pop
Unlike the band and album name suggest, Nouveau Vélo are not a french band. They are in fact Dutch. Free translation from their Facebook bio: Not cool, not fast, not smooth, they bring you authentic tunes, sunny and ragged.
Courgette Demo is a free download from Bandcamp.
Spiral – The Capital in Ruins
Genre: progressive, rock, psychedelic, concept album
After Citizen and Machine, this is Spiral’s third concept album featured on Sound Sunday. This this album they are heading to the future. As they have revealed on their Facebook page, it the album is a sci-fi re-telling of Irving’s ‘Rip Van Winkle’.
The Capital in Ruins is a free download from Bandcamp.
Lamplight Forest – The Flag Maker
Genre: ambient, electronic, experimental, sound art, collage
Lamplight Forest is the musical project of Al Thumm. From the project’s homepage: “This is an organically growing, ever changing online public exhibition of my work – music, design, art, poetry, all the things I love to create, together in one place – to share with people, because that’s what I live for.”
The Flag Maker is a free download from Bandcamp.
Kannon and Monk – Chillin Like A Villain Vol. 8
Genre: hip hop, jazz, rhythm & blues, soul
Bandcamp intro: “Chillin Like A Villain Vol. 8 features 26 tracks by some of the up and coming names in hip hop, as well as some veterans to the game. You’re going to be tempted to download a song here, and a song there, but I would encourage you to download the mixtape as a whole, to get the full Chillin Like A Villain experience.”
Chillin Like A Villain Vol. 8 is a free download from Bandcamp.
chill-40-11 – chill.04
Genre: ambient, electronic
| chill.04 is a compilation from the Chill label. Translation from the album page: “The word compilation in this case is misleading because the material despite the diversity of species represents a coherent whole. From ambient landscapes, through psychedelic chill, to break’a.
Tangle species, electronics of all kinds in the characteristic style of Chill label.“
You can preview chill.04 on Grooveshark and download the album free from the Chill label hompepage.
Brian James Kapler – Young and eager
Genre: electronic, pop, rock
From his Reverbnation profile: “After fronting acclaimed New York rock band Permanent Me singer/songwriter Brian James Kapler blends the snarl of punk with the catchy hooks of electro/pop in this giant dance party for the ages.”
Young and eager is a free download from Bandcamp.
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