Saturday, January 17, 2015

Three for Free, Legal and Recommended (“FL&R”) – The January Version

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of new releases.  The end of an offer might be based upon reaching a maximum number of downloads or the expiration of some period of time.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     City Reign is a band based in Manchester, UK. The members are Chris Bull, Michael Grice, Duncan Bolton and Ryan Ashton. “Disappear” has been available as a free download since November 2014. The guitar work is too attractive to continue to justify the freebie. This download does require an email address, but we are looking forward to the email updates, particularly one that announces a visit to the U.S.

     “The Cross We Bear” by The North Country is a sometimes delicate and other times explosive blend of Folk and Rock.
     We’re a little fuzzy on the list of members, because Braden Dauer is not in the above picture, but he has been the band’s violinist. Since the violin plays a key role in “The Cross We Bear,” the band members are Andrew Grossman (vocals and guitar), Leah Gage (percussion and vocals), Braden Dauer (violin), Shaun Dubick (bass and keyboards), Ilia Kobrinsky (guitar), Jonathan Parker (saxophones) and Michael Hernandez (drums). 

     “Get Behind This” is a song from flor, a band that is not in favor of capital letters or information that goes beyond the minimum. According to the band’s Facebook page, they are in hood river, oregon and the members are z., d., k. and k. Oh well, let the music speak for the band.   

     St. Sleep is in London via Iceland. The band has a three-track set on Bandcamp, with a name-your-price offering.

     “Can You See It” by Jungle Doctors, another name-your-price offer.

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