Favorite EPs of the Year 2022

Next up is my favorite EPs of the year. I guess one could argue that few here are albums and some just singles. My apologies if you feel like I’ve misplaced your release. I guess what matters is that I really like it. I did put the numbers there this time around, but it’s kind of arbitrary. I could easily move EPs up or down 5 spots and be probably just as happy with the list. Music is love, not a competition.

The 2nd of December release date kind put me in trouble, because a lot of my faves released new EPs that day. It was hard to decide whether to feature them or not. On the other hand, they are too good to not include, but then I also worry about recency bias and should I include something I just heard a minute ago. In the end I did include several of them. Didn’t have time to listen them all enough.

Not a whole lot of writings and descriptions, because I don’t have the time and well does anybody really care about that. The records are what matters. And yeah, definitely possibility I forgot something and a fact that there’s stuff I haven’t even heard. This is just a one man hobby spare time operation.

There’s a playlist at the bottom if you are into such things. An easy way to give an introduction, but remember to buy music too if you are able to do that. But don’t worry if you aren’t. Food and rent comes first no matter how much you want to support the arts.

FAVORITE EPs OF THE YEAR 2022

30. Ryan Dugre – Look See (Ruination Record Co)

Kicking things off in New York with some beautiful solo guitar work from Ryan Dugre.


29. Stephen Simmons – Honey from a Spoon

Next stop Nashville, Tennessee and some gorgeous folk/americana storytelling from long time favorite Stephen Simmons.


28. Reilly Downes – Spent

Next up some Chicago folk/country by songwriter Reilly Downes.


27. Glory Daze – Honey, I (Plastic Records)

I don’t know too much about Glory Daze from Louisville, KY, but somehow I found this moving folk EP and instantly fell for it. Especially the last song Every Aching Memory something special.


26. Gina Leslie – No, You’re Crying

New Orleans, Louisiana and some lovely lonesome vintage jazz meets americana heatbreak from songwriter Gina Leslie. Love that title too.


25. Jake Balzer – Never Better (Natural Blue)

Jake Balzer tried to lured his way out of this year end galore by releasing his wonderful americana EP on the 31st of December 2021. Not that easy Jake. We are going to bend the rules, because it’s too good to leave out.


24. Sequoia – Bullfighter (American Standard Time)

Bullfighting should be left in the history books. Or songs because Sequoia from Richmond, Virginia wrote a captivating story so well with that title track. A mighty good EP as a whole too. Full of gorgeous down-to-earth folk ballads.


23. Marjorie – Doesn’t Exist (Whatever’s Clever)

Back in New York for some lovely dreamy indie pop vibes. Throw some 70s there too like Margo Guryan and you might get close. Enchanting.


22. Skinny Dyck – Palace Waiting (Sound Asleep Records)

Classic country from Alberta, Canada on the legendary Swedish label.


21. Ryan Necci & The Buffalo Gospel – Battle Cry

Ryan Necci & The Buffalo Gospel has a steady presence on my year end lists and let’s not make 2022 an exception. Again a great collection of songs.


20. Have Gun, Will Travel – Silver Sounds

A long time faves from Florida are back with a fabulous EP. Cardiology for example is some classic Matt Burke. Takes me back to the Salad Days.


19. Mt. Misery – The Time it Takes (Quiet Crown)

Hartlepool UK, indie pop from Mt. Misery including a great cover of 90s pop classic You & Me Song (The Wannadies). Own material rules too.


18. Layten Kramer – Eye to Eye (Nice Guys)

One of the late gems. Canadian soft pop wizard Layten Kramer made the cut on the album list a year back and now followed it with another gorgeous playful pop treasure.


17. Skyway Man & Andy Jenkins – Nothing No. 1 (Mama Bird Recording Co)

A soft psych folk-rock collaborative EP from Skyway Man & Andy Jenkins. Molly Sarle also has a major role by delivering beautiful guest vocals.


16. Thorsten Nesch – Only Strangers + others from the monthly series (Polterzeitgeist Records)

Thorsten Nesch has a monthly EP series going on. This place is sort for all of those, because not one has significantly risen above the others. I put in Only Strangers as example, because it has my favorite song The One I Tried to Love. But I also love songs from other EPs. For example Brothers for A While and Death, Jail or Janitor would be on my dream EP.


15. Shoulder Season – Not the Time

Halifax indie rock / punk / power pop. Damn how I love the song Dominoes. Instantly fell for it after getting the promo mail and feeling remains the same after dozens of spins.


14. Elk Hound – Wordless Shore (SonaBLAST! Records)

Another one that maybe could be on the album part too. I think I’ve even seen themselves referring to this sometimes as an EP and sometimes as an album. But what matters is that it’s a damn good release from this Louisville Kentucky band. Gives be some Songs:Ohia / Jason Molina vibes. Why not Crazy Horse too.


13. Partner – Time is a Car (You’ve Changed Records)

Very fond of this new EP from Partner too. Especially Fear That Closes the Heart is just fantastic 80s kinda pop hit. Should be a hit at least.


12. Michael James Tapscott – Michael, The Worst (Royal Oakie)

Another last minute entry, but it’s not like an I can leave this out from the list. Another atmospheric folk beauty from Michael James Tapscott.


11. Clara Mann – Stay Open (sevenfoursevensix)

Next over to Bristol, UK to meet up with the winner of last year’s ep of the year award Clara Mann. Not quite as high place this time around, but I still love her beautiful folk songs.


10. Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems – Some of My Songs (Plastic Pistol Records)

A couple of reasons that this release from country crooner Gus Clark shouldn’t be here a) The bandcamp release date is 2020 and I heard and shared some of these songs back then b) 7 songs is approaching album length. But these are overruled by the fact that he did release it elsewhere in March 2022 and most importantly it’s a fantastic collection of real classic country songs.


9. J.E. Sunde & Dory Bavarsky – Songbook Vol. 1 (Full Color Sound Records)

One of my favorite songwriters in the world J.E. Sunde collaborating with Dory Bavarsky to create songs in the tradition of the Great American Songbook. Yeah, I know that will rule even without listening and oh my I’m going to listen a lot.


8. Terry’s Paradise – Postmodern Doowop

Third awesome EP of postmodern doowop by Terry’s Paradise from Portland, Oregon.


7. Mila Webb – Lucky Nights (Perpetual Doom)

Mila Webb released an very impressive debut EP. All four songs are pure gold.


6. The Reds, Pinks and Purples – Slow Torture of an Hourly Wage (Burundi Cloud)

There’s so much music coming from Glenn Donaldson that it’s hard to keep up with all of it. It’s not a problem though, because it’s all high quality indie pop. The title track here is one of my favorite songs of the year. A good soundtrack for my factory day job.


5. Heather Valley – Eternal Rest

A moving three song collection from Hamilton, Ontario based americana / country songwriter Heather Valley. That last song Jim Hanlon is absolutely marvellous.


4. The Lostines / Nick Shoulders & the Okay Crawdad – Heart of Night Split EP (Gar Hole Records)

One of the last minute entries is this split between The Lostines and Nick Shoulders. Girl groups meet country heaven going on in here. Absolutely love it.


3. Josienne Clarke – I Promised You Light (Corduroy Punk Records)

An early 2022 favorite was this beautiful EP from UK singer-songwriter Josienne Clarke. She also released an excellent cover EEP late in the year.


2. Kassi Valazza – Highway Sounds

Thought about sharing that first place, because I love this so much. Kassi Valazza from Portland, Oregon has become one of my favorite songwriters during the past few years and it was so great to get new music from her. Country, desert rock, psych folk and what not. What a beautiful collection of songs.


1. Ivy Wye – Hope’s Convenience

The EP of the year is Hope Convenience by Ivy Wye. This beauty from Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Hardy would rank high among the albums too, because it’s one of the releases I loved the most during 2022. Such a wondrously beautiful 70’s influenced folk EP that follows the path of Vashti Bunuan, Sibylle Baier and Linda Perhacs. I have nothing but love for this.


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Favorite Finnish Albums of the Year 2022

The year end routine starts with the Finnish albums of the Year. A good year of Finnish music again and even though the list is fairly long, I still had to leave out some good albums. I did put the numbers there this time around, but it’s kind of arbitrary. I could easily move albums up or down 5 spots and be probably just as happy with the list. Music is love, not a competition. There’s a playlist link with one song each on the bottom, if you are into such things. An easy way to give an introduction, but remember to buy music too if you are able to do that. But don’t worry if you aren’t. Food and rent comes first no matter how much you want to support the arts.

Not a whole lot of writings and descriptions, because I don’t have the time and well does anybody really care about that. The records are what matters. And yeah, definitely possibility I forgot something and a fact that there’s stuff I haven’t even heard. This is just a one man hobby spare time operation.

FINNISH ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2022

30. Kytäjä – Kolmos (Panama-Levyt / Joteskii Groteskii)

A welcome return from the instrumental duo. Kolmos is a good guide for exploring the musical cosmos.


29. Mara Balls – Maranormaali ilmiö (Stupido Records)

Catchy bluesy rock with good songwriting.


28. Henna Emilia Hietamäki – Maja (Soliti)

Down-to-earth folk minimalism with moving songs and heartfelt atmosphere.


27. Antti Autio – Kaikki talot huojuu (Soit Se Silti)

A new Antti Autio album is always something to love and cherish.


26. Samae Koskinen – Viima Vie (KHY Suomen Musiikki)

I’m an indie kid (well indie middle-aged man) and therefore too much stuck in the golden Sister Flo days. Thankfully I’m not completely lost and can appreciate this excellent Samae Koskinen album. Marketin rappuset is a big personal favorite.


25. Rosita Luu – Maaginen Elävä (Playground)

More heartfelt and catchy pop/rock greatness from Rosita Luu on a new label.


24. Samanna – Sinisellä Sametilla (Humu Records / Hillotehdas)

Light and lovely jazzy breeze but not without depth.


23. Hexehexe – Midnight Zone

Spooky alternative rock from Pori.


22. Bad Sauna – POTSLOJO (All That Plazz)

New indie rock monster from Bad Sauna.


21. Joni Ekman – EkMania (Soit Se Silti)

A new rock’n’roll beauty from Joni Ekman.


20. Itä-Hollola Installaatio – Velipuolet (KHY Suomen Musiikki)

Songwriter Robert Ensio Niemistö is household name on the onechordnet year end lists. This time with the wonderful new Itä-Hollola Installaatio album.


19. 22-Pistepirkko – Kind Hearts Have a Run Run (Bare Bone Business / Universal)

The legends show how its done.


18. Message Field – New Meadow (Soit Se Silti)

A moving finale to Message Field’s album trilogy.


17. Knife Girl – Uniform (Soliti)

World class genre-hopping indie blender from Knife Girl.


16. Tamara Luonto – Honeymoon (Humu Records / Hillotehdas / Lempi & Sylvi Discs)

The last minute entry to the list is the long-waited rock blast from Tamara Luonto. Too early to tell where it should be on this list, so let’s drop it here in the middle. Kristiina Tuhkanen was one of my favorite songwriters of the year and if there will be a songs of the year list too, Neiti B from this album will take place #2 and it will be closely followed by the solo single Hai.


15. Punomo – Punomo (Solina Records)

Turku retro soul in Finnish. Well count me in for sure.


14. Puhelinseksi – Vieraita toisillemme (Svart Records)

One of my favorite punk rock bands with a new slice of melodic punk heaven. Also loved the concert on a very rainy summer night at indie-iltamat festival.


13. Joose Keskitalo & Mystic Revelation of Teppo Repo- Orfiset laulut V & VI (Helmi Levyt)

New double-headed behemoth from Joose Keskitalo & Mystic Revelation of Teppo Repo can share this spot on the list. Joose was again prolific and also had collaboration album with Paavoharju early in the year. That had moments I really loved too, but overall wasn’t exactly my kinda album. This one is.


12. Bobby Oroza – Get on the Otherside (Big Crown Records)

New heartfelt soul beauty from Bobby Oroza.


11. Litku Klemetti – Asiatonta oleskelua (Is this Art!)

A new Litku Klemetti album is an event and this one is even a bit more my cup of tea than the few previous ones. I have a feeling this one will be a grower too and I need to start sending hate mail to myself for not putting it a lot higher.


10. Heta Narkaus – Liian ohutta ilmaa

A new find of the year. I had no idea who Heta Narkaus was some months ago, but I think it was Viitasen Piia who shared the debut single when it came out (so credit to her). I listened and instantly loved the combination of folk and dreamy pop. Further advance singles and this album were equally great.


9. Amuri – Ettei kukaan tuntisi pimeää (Helmi Levyt)

A new beauty from one of my biggest faves of recent years. Maybe also a bit filler this time around, but I love 3/4 of it. Also check out their awesome cover album Minä olen muistanut.


8. Rock Siltanen Group – Rock’n’rollin voima (Rockia ja sporttia)

Rock’n’roll entertainment and a song about the Lahti doping scandal. What’s not to love.


7. Jukka Nousiainen & Kumpp – Matkalla kotiin (Jukan Musiikki)

High end small beer country from one of the finest in the country. Well that didn’t make sense, but the record does.


6. A.Reikko – A.Reikko (Karhuvaltio Records)

Long time fave Antti Reikko that you might remember from Koria Kitten Riot and Johnny Superhero made a great solo album in Finnish.


5. Mikael H – Optimisti

Beautiful solo folk album from another long time favorite Mikael H.


4. Jani Matti Juhani – Maailma palaa raiteilleen (Ainoa Productions)

Jani Matti Juhani released a wonderful album of his own material after a couple of Elvis cover albums. Very fond of this one.


3. Sur-rur – Entisyydestämmekinköhän (If Society / Joteskii Groteskii / Roku Records)

The legendary Finnish band still in great form. Absolutely love the first half of this. Pure (should-be) hit galore there. This 14 song and 75 minute monster fades a bit towards the end, but that’s hardly an issue, if the first half is 6/5 and the second is 4/5.


2. Teini-Pää – Maailma kyllä odottaa (Soit Se Silti)

Fabulous super catchy teenage dream melodic punk rock from one of my favorite bands Teini-Pää. Sometimes I feel like this could have been even better, but that’s kinda pointless nitpicking because I love every second I spend listening to it.


1. ITE EEROLA – On tullu mietittyä kuolemaa ja semmosta (Panama-Levyt)

And the Finnish album of the year is On tullu mietittyä kuolemaa ja semmosta by ITE EEROLA. In fact, it’s the release I loved the most during 2022 and would have been #1 even if there was not an own category for international albums. The song Tilaa mulle taksi is also by far my favorite song of the year. Despite the grim album title, this folk album is not doom & gloom. I would say it’s more like warmth & empathy. A kindhearted shoulder to lean on, if life throws too many curveballs at once. A treasure of an album.


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OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #213

Another week, another new music weekly.

Quite a lot of good stuff out there. I was basicly ready to post my EPs of the year list on Friday, but then there was something like 4-5 great new ones available that probably should make the cut. So I put that one the backburner and did this new music weekly first. How do you beautiful people I think I ever get the lists done, if I have to spend 10 hours just listening to new music every Saturday. I think I’ll do one more of these next weekend and then I’m done. For the year, not for good. Before next weekend hopefully the EPs of the year and Finnish albums of the year lists.

Album of the week is the new one from Adeem the Artist. A very powerful album with excellent songwriting. Like mentioned above the EP ruled the game this week. There’s the split between The Lostines & Nick Shoulders plus new ones from Michael James Tapcott, Layten Kramer and Johanna Samuels. Not forgetting J.E. Sunde & Dory Bavarsky collaboration and the December volume from Thorsten Nesch’s montly EP series. This week we also got new releases from Bird Calls, Julia Sanders, Moriah Bailey, Tiny Vipers (EP) Ty Maxon, Fell Runner, Shirley Hurt, Brendan Benson, Deepest Bison (this already was out a while back with a different cover art. I know because I featured it), Burn the Louvre, William William Rogers (EP) and Luke De-Sciscio (seems like only the single is streaming, but there’s a full album on Bandcamp). Small Opera’s EP is from September, but I just found it last week and liked it a lot.

The Finnish highlight is the first single from the next Liila Jokelin album. Can’t wait to hear full album in 2023. Also great to have Captain Cougar back. Other Finnish gems of the week are album froms The Handkerchiefs and Oskarin Gramofoni and singles from MeriTuuli, SaintPolis, Salla Karonen, Emmy June, Sam Shingler and Fernet Underground. Well Oskari and Fernet was from a week ago.

International single of the week is the latest one from long time faves BMX Bandits. Other personal faves came from I’m Kingfisher, H.C. McEntire, Brooks and Bowskill and Ryan Necci & The Buffalo Gospel (well a new version of an old song, but yeah always loved this one).

That’s all for this week. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Hopefully some year end action during the coming week. No definite promises, because well this is a spare time hobby not a job. But they are coming. Love from a distance.

1. Adeem the Artist – Baptized in Well Spirits (White Trash Revelry, Four Quarters Records / Thirty Tigeers, 2022)
2. The Lostines – Last Night (Heart of Night split-EP with Nick Shoulders, Gar Hole Records, 2022)
3. Michael James Tapscott – Luxembourg Gardens (Michael, The Worst EP, Royal Oakie Records, 2022)
4. J.E. Sunde & Dory Bavarsky – I Hope to Change (Songbook Vol 1 EP, Full Color Sound Records, 2022)
5. BMX Bandits – Spinning Through Time (single, Tapete Records, 2022)
6. Layten Kramer – Eye to Eye (Eye to Eye EP, Nice Guys, 2022)
7. The Bird Calls – Better Investments (My Life in Hollywood, Ruination Record Co, 2022)
8. Shirley Hurt – Charioteer (Shirley Hurt, Telephone Explosion Records, 2022)
9. Johanna Samuels – Royal Blue (Scam Likely, Tone Tree Music, 2022)
10. Thorsten Nesch – Before the Angels Come (Before the Angels Come EP, Polterzeitgeist, 2022)
11. Julia Sanders – Love the Everyday (Morning Star, 2022)
12. Moriah Bailey – Not Staying (i tried words, Keeled Scales, 2022)
13. Tiny Vipers – Tormentor (American Prayer EP, 2022)
14. Ty Maxon – Trouble in Mind (Songs from the Frozen Lake, 2022)
15. Fell Runner – Turn Off the Lights (What I Am, 2022)
16. Brendan Benson – Whatever’s On My Mind (Low Key, Schnitzel Records, 2022)
17. Burn the Louvre – Honolulu (Silhouttes, Broken Glass Records, 2022)
18. William William Rogers – Laurel Canyon 1972 (Four Nights at the Hotel Rodgers EP, 2022)
19. Deepest Bison – Morning Star (Low Impulse Imagined, Family Audio, 2022)
20. I’m Kingfisher feat Vilma Flood & Bebe Risenfors – Peer Pressure (single, Fading Trails Recordings, 2022)
21. H.C. McEntire – New View (single, Merge Records, 2022)
22. Brooks and Bowskill – Too Many Roads (single, Ganaraska Recording CO, 2022)
23. Graham Nicholas – Julie Truly (single, 2022)
24. Ryan Necci & The Buffalo Gospel – If I Was the Last Man (single,
25. Liila Jokelin – Yön harhaan (single, Helmi Levyt, 2022)
26. SaintPolis – Little Wooden Boat (single, 2022)
27. Captain Cougar – Liquid Helping Hand (single, Pinetree Music, 2022)
28. MeriTuuli – Tropiikki (single, Eclipse Music, 2022)
29. Salla Karonen – Monta talvea (single, 2022)
30. Emmy June – Me & My Mom (single, 2022)
31. Sam Shingler – Boundaries (single, Stupido, 2022)
32. The Handkerchiefs – Someone to Hold on (Urban Exile, 2022)
33. Oskarin Gramofoni – Isona katkerana (Kasvun paikka, 2022)
34. Fernet Underground – Lokit nokkii (single, Kynsinauhat, 2022)
35. Weird Nightmare – Our Love Will Still Be There (single, Sub Pop Records, 2022)
36. Theo Lawrence – Cherie (single, Tomika Records / Modulor, 2022)
37. The Roseline – Saber Rattlers (single, RPH Records, 2022)
38. James Steinle – A South Texas Stranger (single, 2022)
39. H. Self – Kitchen Star (single, Ella Ruth Institutet, 2022)
40. Ben de la Cour – Numbers Game (single, Jullian Records, 2022)
41. Jaimee Harris – Love Is Gonna Come Again (single, Folk N’ Roll Records / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
42. Parker Ryan – Shattered (single, 2022)
43. Steven Denmark feat Jade Brodie – I Don’t Dance (single, El Dorado Records, 2022)
44. Wax Mannequin – The Obelisk (single, Coax Records, 2022)
45. Small Opera – Western Canada (Sashiko, Fast Ghost Records, 2022)
46. Luke De-Sciscio – Heron’s Nest (single, Folk Boy Records, 2022)
47. Hollow Hand – Heaven Just Watched (single, Curation Records, 2022)
48. The Hackles – Damn the World (single, Jealous Butcher Records, 2022)
49. Melody Duncan – I Don’t Think You Know (single, 2022)
50. Jill Barber – Beautiful Life (single, Outside Music, 2022)
51. The Reds, Pinks and Purples – Randy, If You Were Here (Mountain Lake Park, Tough Love, 2022)
52. Model Shop – The Quieter Life (Love Interest, Meritorio Records, 2022)
53. Ingredient – Resurface (Ingredient, Telephone Explosion Records, 2022)
54. Marker Starling – Ok to Need (Diamond Violence, Tin Angel Records, 2022)

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Oh and do buy the vinyl/cd/download. Spotify and other streaming services are perfect for these introductory purposes, but try to buy at least the music that matter the most to you

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

If you are looking this after a week has gone, the embedded Spotify will show the latest playlist. I’ll just update the same playlist because if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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