The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Travel Songs, That Dream Was Our Life, Tift Merritt

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Pine Barons | Photo by John Vettese
Pine Barons | Photo by John Vettese

This week brought the final 2013 installment of The Key Studio Session compilations, along with a new session by Pine Barons.  Volume 9 features exclusive tracks by Amanda X, Balance and Composure, Mean Lady and fifteen other musicians, recorded live in the XPN studios.  Check out “Little Face” by Mean Lady below, followed by “Telescope” from Pine Barons appearance.  Get the full sets here.

James Cuartero, who records as That Dream Was Our Life, has released the first in a series of monthly EPs.  We Are Very Happy Together acts as an introduction to Cuartero’s work, spanning acoustic folk, lo-fi bedroom pop and hushed R&B.  Stream and download the EP below.

With a full transition to XPN proper completed this week, Folkadelphia celebrated by sharing a session recorded with Tift Merritt.  The singer-wongwriter performed songs from her latest record Traveling Alone and its accompaniment Traveling Companion.  Stream and download the full session below.

A new EP on the way, Travel Songs have released the first single called “Passenger.”  In addition to recording music, the Wilmington, DE group creates documentaries about music across the globe.  Stream and download the world music-influenced “Passenger” below and check out what else the band does here.

Local rock group Big Tusk have released their new Flood EP on Bandcamp.  With abstract instrumentation and lots of twists and turns, the EP has moments of Akron / Family experimentation with spurts of psychedelia.  Stream and download the full EP below.

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