The entire self-titled debut by Solar Drive (a.k.a. actor Balthazar Getty’s new music project) is available as a free, legal, full album download on Noisetrade. Standout tracks include “Some Say,” “Feel So Down” and “Where We Go From Here” – songs on which Getty’s voice is less distorted don’t work so well. The album ends with a pleasant surprise, “Monster” featuring vocals by Rain Phoenix.
Editor Update: Sorry, it seems the album has been removed from Noisetrade since this article was posted. You can sample & purchase it at Amazon.
I have no idea why one of the best albums of the year is available as a free, legal download on Noisetrade, but it is. You can nab mp3s of Brooke Waggoner’s entire, exquisite album, Originator (click title for review), by entering your email address below. I was just listening to this album again this week in preparation for my year end list – on which it will most certainly appear – and I can’t recommend it enough. You can also watch the videos for my two favorite tracks from the album, “Squint” and “Rumble,” below.
The prolific Brin Coleman has several new Bing Satellites releases for your listening pleasure. Below are just a few selections, all available for free download at Archive.org and/or a Name Your Price (including $0) download at Bandcamp…
A comprehensive list of Bing Satellites music can be found here. Brin also continues to release a 2-hour compilation each week on his Mostly Ambient Radio Show.
After an attempt to listen to more classical music, Vic and I have been listening daily to the soothing tones of Bing Satellites and can’t recommend it enough. Playing “Please Don’t Call Me Bill Baxter” on repeat had the effect of a hot bath on a cold day.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of Ben Sollee’s original music, but I do like his cover of Fiona Apple’s “Extraordinary Machine.” The cover is included in Sollee’s free Noisetrade album, The Hollow Sessions. You can download the album by entering your email address below.
If you’re in the mood for some chill out, Trip-Hop music, check out Ryan Helsing’s Dreams of Color album. I especially like the track “Disappear.” The entire album is available as a “Name Your Price” (including $0) download, which you can access below…
Indie singer-songwriters don’t often play the harp, but Mikaela Davis does. The NY singer-songwriter and harpist is offering her entire self-titled album as a free, legal download on Noisetrade. Her music is accurately described as a mix of Sufjan Stevens and Regina Spektor. Some of the songs are a little too precious for my taste, but I really like “Ballad of a Winter’s Past.” You can access the mp3s by entering your email address below.
Canadian singer-songwriter Tatam Reeves plays quiet, unassuming but nontheless substantial folk-pop. You can download his entire Home EP at Soundcloud. I especially like the songs “The Note” and “Passenger.” The latter is the best example of what Tatam calls his “boom bap folk music.”
Earlier this year, we pondered whether Charlotte Church’s new music is awful or awesome. I have settled upon the latter. Listen to a track from the third in her projected series of five EPs below. Released on August 26th, Three is available for purchase at Amazon. Her previous release, Two, remains available as a free Noisetrade download. “Glitterbombed” and “Nerve” from that collection have been among my most-played songs this year. Church’s voice varies from vulnerable to ferocious on these tracks, backed by a wall of drum and guitar. It’s a magnificent sound, unlike anything else you’ll hear this year.