Iron Country Sisters, Erin Enderlin, Sarah Lee Langford and Kassi Valazza

A couple of these quick round up posts and then finally moving on to the EOTY lists. Not that I’m ever able to catch up, because I kinda missed a couple of months. Tonight this starts from Helsinki, Finland with some of the finest Finnish roots music. The long-awaited debut from Iron Country Sisters came out on the 27th of September on Soit Se Silti and it’s a great americana album with strong songwriting and exceptional singing. Iron Country Sisters is a roots trio of three actual sisters who share the lead vocal duties and back each other with stunningly beautiful harmonies. Here’s my new favorite Riverside along with the older favorite Go Slow. Both can be found from their new album The Blue Hidden In.

Iron Country Sisters Website
Iron Country Sisters at Facebook

Moving across the ocean to Nashville, Tennessee to hear a song from one of the best country albums of the year. Songwriter Erin Enderlin first released 4 EP chapters and then wrapped them together. The end result is an album called Faulkner County and it came out on the 1st of November. It’s a remarkable collection of beautiful country tearjerkers. I posted the videos for I Can Be Your Whiskey and Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn before, so let’s go with another brilliant song Broken on this little blog post. Such a heartrending song.

Erin Enderlin at Facebook
Erin Enderlin Website

A small trip down south to Birmingham, Alabama. The new Sarah Lee Langford album Two Hearted Rounder has also been in heavy rotation in this household. It came out on Cornelius Chapel Records on the 8th of November and is filled with excellent songwriting. Here’s a couple of personal favorites. A music video for the powerful song Big Women and another album outtake Watch Me. Hit the links on the bandcamp player to hear/buy the whole record.

Wrapping this night’s round up in Portland, Oregon with a revisit to Kassi Valazza’s album Dear Dead Days. There’s a couple of good reasons for this a) I still love it to bits and it’s one of my favorites of the whole year b) Amy Leona Havin directed a video for album cut A Fine Colour and it just surfaced a couple of days ago. I highly recommend checking out the whole thing, because this is a damn impressive record. Country, psych and Hazlewood and so forth.

Kassi Valazza at Facebook

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Kielo Kärkkäinen, Hulda Huima, Tvärtom and Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly

Tonight’s round up is a quick Finnish music video post. Starting from Tampere with a song from the new Kielo Kärkkäinen album Keitä me olemme. It came out on the 6th of September on Texicalli Records and therefore got a little bit buried under the 18 year anniversary festival stuff. However, it’s one that I’ve been returning to all fall long and I love it to bits. This is Laulun Aika from one of my favourite Finnish albums of the year.

Kielo Kärkkäinen Website
Kielo Kärkkäinen at Facebook

Actually these could all be filed under that finest Finnish music of the year category. Next we have a song from the latest Hulda Huima album Maa that came out on the 16th of August should-be legendary Helmi Levyt. Jalat laahaa tätä maata is the brightest diamond of the record and Liina Kuittinen made this great music video for this particular song.

Hulda Huima at Facebook

One of my latest obsessions is this next song/video from the self-titled EP from Tvärtom. Iltariennot is such a perfect indie pop song and this music video by Virpi Stjerna is a perfect companion to the song. And because I have a masters degree in self doubt, this song also resonates within me rather deeply. In fact, I might be this song. Plus there’s a cat on the cover of their self-titled EP. So what’s not to love. Hit the links on the bandcamp player to hear/buy whole EP.

Tvartöm at Facebook

Wrapping tonight’s round-up with something completely different, but equally brilliant. I fell in love with the music of Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly last summer at Ilmiö Festivaali. I knew Pekko Käppi and Ville Rauhala and how awesome musicians they are and that’s why I went to see them despite having some doubts. I had a silly assumption that this might not be for me, because quite frankly I haven’t spent a lot of time listening to etno music. Maybe I even had some prejudiced barrier, but if I did, that damn thing fell down the minute they started playing and I ended up loving every second of the show. Easily one of the best concerts I’ve seen this year. Their new album Hämeen lauluja came out on the 2nd of September on Kihtinäjärvi Records and it opens with this gorgeous earworm Killiäinen Lemmenlintu that gets blissfully stuck in your heart for a long time. Oh and there’s also a new Pekko Käppi album coming out this week on Helmi Levyt, but let’s get to that one some other time.

Anne-Mari Kivimäki Website
Anne-Mari Kivimäki at Facebook

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Twain, Andre Ethier and Humbird

Some very quick round-up posts this week before starting to make the pointless year-end lists. Starting with a wonderful artist that will be heavily featured on all of those lists. You will find Twain in the albums, EPs and songs list. The new album Adventure came out on Keeled Scales on the 22nd of November and it’s again magnificent. Here’s my early favorite Royal Road, but the whole thing is a beautiful treasure. Listening to Twain is good for me and divides my thoughts into something manageable. What a song, what a record.

Twain at Facebook
Keeled Scales Website

Moving on to Canada and into the arms of Canadian songwriter Andre Ethier. I’m not familiar with his former band The Deadly Snakes or the earlier solo albums, but thankfully I somehow stumbled upon this new inspiring album called Croak In The Weeds that came out on the 12th of October on Telephone Explosion Records. It’s the second part of a trilogy that he has been making with producer Sandro Perri. Here’s my personal favorite Two Dogs from the album. Hit the links on the bandcamp player to hear/buy the whole blissfully strange record.

Telephone Explosion Records Website

Tonight’s small round-up ends in Minneapolis, MN with a song/video from the new Humbird album Pharmakon that came out on the 30th of August. Siri Undlin wrote wonderful songs and one of my favorite producers Shane Leonard made them shine even more brightly. Here’s one of the highlights Wolf Alice that was inspired by Angela Carter’s fairytale of the same name.

Humbird at Facebook
Humbird Website

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #67

Another week, another weekly playlist

Not a whole lot of releases this week due to thanksgiving I guess. First I thought about not doing the playlist this week, but in the end I didn’t have the heart to skip it, because there was a really important Finnish album release from Liila Jokelin. I’ve been wanting to hear her record since I saw her singing one song as an encore after a Kuparilinna concert some years ago. So that was the big one for me this week. Other Finnish selections are the latest singles from M, Mitä Helvettiä Nyt Taas and Räjäyttäjät.

A couple of international thingies too. There’s a new album from Sam Miller, The Finks (a bit of a mixed bag with covers and own songs) and Os Noctambulos plus EPs from Christopher Gold, Ducks Unlimited and Scott & Charlene’s Wedding. I’m sure that can’t be all, but those ended up on my radar. I also included some older albums that I’ve missed from Trey Burnart Hall, Mousey, Ruth Garbus, The Lazy Susans, Repulsive Woman and Sandro Perri.

Some great singles too from Little Misty, The Innocence Mission, Peter Oren (this one I missed before), The Remittance Men and so forth.

And as usual, revisiting some albums from previous week. Put that’s it for this week. Probably some round up posts next week and after that is time to move on to the EOTY lists. No definite promises about anything though. Love love love.

1. Liila Jokelin – Kahdeksas ihme (Kaamos on huono esileikki, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
2. Christopher Gold – Plane Crash Dream Song (Wilderness Years EP, 2019)
3. Sam Miller – The Stage of Aging (In One Place at at Time, Jenny Ivert Records, 2019)
4. The Finks – Janine (Affectations, Milk! Records, 2019)
5. The Innocence Mission – This Boat (single, Bella Union, 2019)
6. Little Misty – Keeper (single, 2019)
7. M – Anne Neville ja Auringonpimennys (single, Solina Records, 2019)
8. Ducks Unlimited – Anhedonia (Get Bleak EP, Bobo Integral, 2019)
9. Mitä helvettiä nyt taas – Tuu mun luo (single, Nature Sucks Anyway Records, 2019)
10. Räjäyttäjät – Undo Redo (single, 2019)
11. Peter Oren – Stud Song (single, Western Vinyl, 2019)
12. The Remittance Men (feat Eilen Jewell) – A Room in Birmingham England 1919 (single, 2019)
13. Trey Burnart Hall – Listerine (Story Songs, 2019)
14. Flatland Cavalry – Sober Heart of Mine (single, The Next Waltz, 2019)
15. Twain – In the High of the Morning (Adventure, Keeled Scales, 2019)
16. Heather Valley – Ohio River (Desert Message, 2019)
17. Lee Fields & The The Expressions – Don’t Give Up (single, Big Crown Records, 2019)
18. Gabriel Birnbaum – Comeback Song (Not Alone, Arrowhawk Records, 2019)
19. Tanya Tucker – The Winner’s Game (single, Fantasy Records, 2019)
20. Benjamin Tod – A Heart of Gold is Hard to Find (A Heart of Gold is Hard to Find, 2019)
21. Maija Sofia – Cobweb (Bath Time, Trapped Animal Records, 2019)
22. Josienne Clarke – Walls and Hallways (In All Weather, Rough Trade, 2019)
23. Repulsive Woman – Rough Around the Edges (Relief, 2019)
24. Mousey – If You Really Loved Me (Lemon Law, 2019)
25. The Lazy Susans – If I Hurt You (Now That’s the Party’s Over, Resist Records, 2019)
26. Ruth Garbus – Squirrels (Kleinmeister, Orindal Records, 2019)
27. L.A. Mood – Backyard (single, Hotel Motel, 2019)
28. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Boundary Line (When In Rome, Carpe Diem EP, Bedroom Suck Records, 2019)
29. Sandro Perri – Back On Love (Soft Landing, Constellation, 2019)
30. Os Noctambulos – The Day We Touched the Sun (Silence Kills, Stolen Body Records)

Playlist link

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

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 a) if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each Sunday b) so that I don’t have a trillion of different playlists on my Spotify account.

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