10 Free MP3s You Need to Download This Week


It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness, both from around the web and from our own servers. This week there’s everything from a 20-minute head melter from Lightning Bolt to some live Radiohead action and a sinister minimal techno deconstruction of a track by Warpaint, of all people. In other words, there’s plenty of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately.

Kishi Bashi — “Bright Whites” We named of Montreal multi-instrumentalist and general musical polymath K. Ishibashi as one of our artists to watch in 2012, and we’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak preview of his debut solo album 151a of late. The record’s a pretty fantastic piece of widescreen hypercolor pop music — it’s not out until June, but we have an MP3 of exuberant single “Bright Whites” that you can download via Soundcloud right here!

Night Beds — “Even If We Try” Big things are apparently in the works for this Nashville singer/songwriter, and rightly so — he’s certainly got a way with a melody, and a voice that’s more than a little reminiscent of Robin Pecknold’s. This song is from his debut album, Country Sleep, which is due out later this year, and is available via Soundcloud.

Tanlines — “All of Me” The simple fact that an award for “Best Band Twitter” actually exists makes us want to drown ourselves in our ironic PBR, but happily Tanlines are also a pretty fine group as well as being amusing in 140 characters or less. Their new track “All of Me” is ’80s throwback synthpop par excellence, and available for download via Spin.

Lightning Bolt — “I Found a Ring in My Ear” Yes, we usually have a ringing in our ears after seeing Lightning Bolt, too. Download via the band’s Bandcamp site.

Gabo Gulbenkian — “Arthur Rimbaud” Frankly, this track’s title alone should be really reason enough to go and download it via 20 Jazz Funk Greats immediately.

Royal Headache — “Girls” Sydney band Royal Headache have had a heap of good press in Australia’s burgeoning indie scene over the last couple of years, and their self-titled debut LP is getting a belated release in the US in early May. This track is from said album, and captures the band’s lo-fi garage pop charms very well indeed. It’s available via Pitchfork.

Dunes — “Jukebox” Surf-pop guitars meet Siouxsie vocals? The combination shouldn’t work, but somehow we reckon it does — download it via The Fader yourself and see if you agree.

Warpaint — “Billie Holiday (Sei A Edit)” We never really bought into the wave of Warpaint hype that followed the release of The Fool a couple of years back — but we did like the Cat Power-esque “Billie Holiday,” from their 2009 EP Exquisite Corpse, which is why this fantastic re-edit went straight onto the download on Monday. It replaces the acoustic guitar of the original with fractured, atmospheric noise and skittish beats, and it’s great. Get it via XLR8R.

Black Mountain — “Mary Lou” Yay for the return of Black Mountain, they of the mountain-sized riffs and tectonic bass sound. This new track is from their upcoming soundtrack to a surf documentary called Year Zero, and it sounds like one of those gargantuan waves you see in such documentaries, the ones that only arrive when all the conditions are right and then obliterate everything except the one brave surfer who can ride them. It’s good, in other words. Download it via Pitchfork.

Radiohead — “Identikit” and “Cut a Hole” If you missed out on Radiohead tickets like us and pretty much everyone else, then you can at least console yourself with two MP3s from the first show of their tour, which was in Miami last night. Stereogum has downloadable live versions of “Identikit” and “Cut a Hole” right here.

Bonus link: Gemma Ray — “Runaway” And finally, of course, there’s our own MP3 premiere of Gemma Ray’s “Runaway,” which went up on Tuesday and is still available for your downloading pleasure! Get a piece of the action right here.