Top 10 Free Downloads of the Week: 14/11/11

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on 15 November 2011 in Features
Top Ten Downloads 14.11.11

Saxophones, glockenspiels and tambourines. These are just some of the instruments you'll hear with this week's free download chart. There are, of course, your usual array of guitars, drums and synthetic sounds – along with some completely creepy noises courtesy of Trailer Trash Tracys. Listen to that one with the lights on and someone to hold on to your hand.

10. Mister Heavenly – 'Pineapple Girl'

A bit of jaunty indie here. There are traces – just traces of the Super Furries here, and maybe a hint of The Coral too. Catchy, fun stuff. Download here.

Mister Heavenly - Pineapple Girl by subpop

9. Portico Quartet – 'Ruins'

Kenny G has done as much as he can to make the saxophone the uncoolest instrument in the world. All by himself. He deserves some kind of award for effort at the very least. Now though, Portico Quartet have come to the rescue with an alto sax taking the lead on an instrumental piece that would be ambient chill out if it didn't have a creep out factor come as standard. Download here.

Portico Quartet - Ruins by forplay

8. Trailer Trash Tracys – 'Engelhardt's Arizona (James Ferraro Remix)'

Continuing the theme of creepiness, 'Engelhardt's Arizona' is a right old freak out of a tune: the sort of thing that could happily form an alternative soundtrack to the Tim Robbins film 'Jacob's Ladder'. Music for a very, very bad trip. Download here.

Trailer Trash Tracys - Engelhardt's Arizona by DominoRecordCo

7. Films Of Colour – 'Slow Burn'

David Bowie's 2002 song from his 'Heathen' album gets a 2010s indie makeover here as Films Of Colour make 'Slow Burn' very much their own. Download here.

6. The Skull Defekts – 'Childrenerdlihc'

A brooding, bruising, pounding, building tune this. Don't ask us what 'Childrenerdlihc' means. Don't even ask how to pronounce it; the word never appears in the song's lyrics. Instead, we have a sonic collage, opening with a dedication to 'the children and the children's children and the children's children's children's children'. You can probably guess where it goes from there. By the end it's moved into a whole new ballpark as 'Childrenerdlihc' evolves into an experiment with stereo with sounds wandering from ear to ear. Fascinating. Download here.

The Skull Defekts - Childrenerdlihc by thrilljockey

5. S.C.U.M. – 'Faith Unfolds (Deptford Goth Remix)' (pictured)

Gloominess and squelchiness pervades this S.C.U.M. remix. The eighties feel of the original remains intact beneath the re-gritted surface of the song. Lingering and almost beautiful. Download here.

4. Ellie Lawson – 'Lost Without You'

At times Ellie Lawson shares a vocal similarity with her partial namesake, Ms. Goulding. At others, she manages to convert her voice, rather magically, into the sound of a flute. 'Lost Without You' is a gentle piece of pop with brains. Download here.

Ellie Lawson - Lost Without You by Cannonball_PR

3. Abi Wade – 'Stability'

'Stability' is a stripped back affair: a bass guitar throbs beneath Wade's beautiful, reedy voice and there's the odd bit of percussion: cajon and tambourine mainly. Less is definitely more with this eloquent, elegant piece of self-analysis – an apology set to music. Self-searching, but far from self-obsessed.  Download here.

Abi Wade - Stability by Clockwork owl studio

2. The Love Language – 'Pedals'

Shades of the orient appear here with a pentatonic inspired introduction. In truth, The Love Language take on a whole raft of influences, from 1950s pop through to Fleet Foxes. Gorgeous. Download here.

1. The Lost Cavalry – 'The Tower'

Earlier in the year, The Lost Cavalry impressed us with 'Desert Tracks' which has now been repackaged into an EP which also features this rather splendid freebie. This is indie folk at its finest, coming complete with a glockenspiel and ukulele. Uplifting, joyous and rather wonderful. More please. Much, much more. Download here.

The Tower by The Lost Cavalry


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