Yola, Caleb Elliot, Daniel Steinbock and The Delines

Hey there dear reader. The blog is still alive, maybe only barely, but here’s another short round-up posts of albums and songs I’ve loved during the first few months of the years. If there’s a theme here, maybe these songs all have various degrees of soul inside them.

Kicking off with a song from the UK country soul queen Yola Carter. Her new album Walk Through Fire came out on the 22nd of February on Easy Eye Sound and has been really well received all over. And rightfully so, because the album is tremendous. Beautiful vintage country soul and the soft power of her outstanding vocal delivery. Absolutely sublime. This is Ride Out In The Country from the new Dan Auerbach-produced album.

Yola Website

Next up is Caleb Elliott from Louisiana and his debut album Forever To Fade. If you follow the weekly playlist, you’ve already heard five of these songs. So I kinda like this record that came out on the 8th of March on Single Lock Records. Caleb Elliott is a cellist who has played with Nicole Atkins, Dylan LeBlanc and the likes, but Forever to Fade proves that he is also an excellent songwriter. It’s a really refreshing listen for me too, because I’m often a bit too stuck in the same americana listening habits. Sure, even this might rise partly from the same place, but this carries on to alternative horizons with the soulful strings, orchestral vibes and the groove. A very impressive debut album. Caleb Elliot is touring in Europe next month supporting Nicole Atkins, so don’t miss if they are playing somewhere near you. This is Makes Me Wonder from the new album.

Caleb Elliott Website

Moving on to San Francisco bay to gently sway in the arms of a new Daniel Steinbock album. Out of Blue came out on the 15th of February. It’s a really good album that ranges from acoustic down-to-earth folk songs to beautiful gospel-soul. I’ve been especially fond of this sweet song called Good News. Might not be the best song to represent the whole record, but it’s my personal favorite and felt it also fits so well among this group of songs.

Daniel Steinbock Website

And last but definitely not least. A song from the new The Delines album The Imperial. This slow burner is in fact my favorite album of the year so far and it’s sort of criminal that I haven’t written about it. Mostly for reasons that a) preaching to the choir kind of thing, I’m sure most of the readers of this blog already know them b) I can’t make justice to this amazing country soul album. Willy Vlautin’s masterful storytelling delivered into the listeners heart with Amy Boone’s beautiful voice. A remarkable album that would easily get five hearts, if I still wrote reviews. The Imperial came out El Cortez / Decor Records on the 11th of January. This is Holly The Hustle from the album.

The Delines Website

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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #33

Another week, another weekly playlist

This one was a slightly slower release week. Maybe the industry believes everyone is celebrating either SXSW or CXCW during this week of the year. The solo album from Rob Snarski (The Blackeyed Susans) was on the top of my list for new albums, but that’s not yet available on this silly Spotify thing-y. Other great new albums from the week came from Todd Snider, Girl K, Stephen Malkmus, Tiger Saw and Renee Wahl. Iain Micah Weigert’s americana album and Bunny Boy’s new one (this reminds me of Sparklehorse) are a few weeks old, but weren’t available on Spotify before so they appear this time around. Same goes with the new Daniel Markham EP. There are also excellent brand new EPs from Caroline Lazar and Kyle Daniel.

The song of the week is Halla by Amuri. I’ve listened it a few dozen times and I love it to bits. Baroque pop meets Kaseva, Leevi and iskelmä. Nothing can go wrong there. Other Finnish selections are the new singles from Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L and New Silver Girl and the album from Radio Supernova. Oh and one more last minute addition that I almost missed. Lone Deer Laredo, the collaboration between Paola Suhonen and Olli Happonen (New Silver Girl) released their debut album last week.

While there wasn’t a whole lot of album action, the singles game was again really strong. There were new singles from the forthcoming albums by Anna Tivel, Daniel Norgren, Pony Bradshaw, M.Lockwood Porter, Brad Armstrong. A new single from Shane Leonard was a really pleasant surprise, because I love his work both as a songwriter and producer (he produced the Anna Tivel and Clara Baker albums that are on this list too). And like usual, every song could just as well be namedropped on this text too. These songs are here, because I really like all of them.

Because this was a slightly slower release week, I also revisited several big favorite from the last week or two.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #33

1. Amuri – Halla (single, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
2. Iain Micah Weigert – Dust To Mud (Dust to Mud, 2019)
3. Daniel Norgren – Let Love Run The Game (single, Superpuma Records, 2019)
4. Anna Tivel – Worthless (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2019)
5. Erin Durant – Take a Load Off (single, Keeled Scales, 2019)
6. Shane Leonard – Empire Builder (single, AntiFragile Music, 2019)
7. Molly Tuttle – Messed With My Mind (single, Compass Records, 2019)
8. Pony Bradshaw – Van Gogh (single, Rounder Record, 2019)
9. M. Lockwood Porter – The Dream Is Dead (single, Black Mesa Records, 2019)
10. Todd Snider – Working on a Song (Cash Cabin Sessions Vol.3, Aimless Records, 2019)
11. Caroline Lazar – Georgia (Honey EP, Reading Past Bedtime, 2019)
12. Brad Armstrong – Carry Your Head High (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)
13. Matt York – Permanent Crush (single, 2019)
14. Mammoth Penguins – Closure (single, Fika Recordings, 2019)
15. Girl K – Stephanie (For Now, 2019)
16. Nataly Dawn – For You (single, 2019)
17. Michael Nau – No Quit (single, Karma Chief Records, 2019)
18. Tiger Saw – Kiss The Drums (The Featherweight, Burst & Bloom Records, 2019)
19. Caleb Elliot – Old Souls (Forever to Fade, Single Lock Records, 2019)
20. Daniel Markham – Crickets (In Space EP, 2019)
21. New Silver Girl – Love Is Like a Gold Mine (single, Soliti Music, 2019)
22. Radio Supernova – Sykli (Tähtiin, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
23. Stephen Malkmus – Rushing the Acid Frat (Groove Denied, Matador Records, 2019)
24. Bunny Boy – Your Blue Sky (Did the Angels Come To Kiss You, 2019)
25. Lone Deer Laredo – Golden Harvest (Lone Deer Laredo Vol.1, 2019)
26. Howe Gelb – On The Fence (Gathered, Fire Records, 2019)
27. Logan Ledger – Starlight (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
28. Kyle Daniel – Somewhere in Between (What’s There to Say EP, 2019)
29. Terri Binion – Between Midnight and Dawn (single, 2019)
30. Renee Wahl – From Here To There (Cut To The Bone, Double R Records, 2019)
31. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – Wolves (single, 2019)
32. Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L – Musta kimppu (single, Svart Records, 2019)
33. I Was a King – Egersound (Slow Century, Coastal Town Records, 2019)
34. The Boys with The Perpetual Nervousness – Nervous Man (Dead Calm, Pretty Olivia Records, 2019)
35. Durand Jones & The Indications – True Love (American Love Call, Dead Oceans/Colemine Records, 2019)
36. Yola – Rock Me Gently (Walk Through Fire, Easy Eye Sound, 2019)
37. Julia Jacklin – I Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You (Crushing, Transgressive Records, 2019)
38. Arsun – Send Her My Way (single, 2019)
39. Clara Baker – A Memory (Things To Burn, 2019)
40. Rachel Toups – There (Sundog, Peconic Records, 2019)

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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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #32

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Maybe not the coolest thing to post a Spotify playlist after that bullshit appeal action they did earlier in the week. Makes that note at the bottom of this weekly playlist even more important. Support the artists that matter to you and buy their records. Still it’s not the customers’ fault that the current streaming royalty payout model is fucked up. The big music addicts like yours truly will always keep on buying records, but I think we’ve reached a point where we can’t convince the masses to buy physical records anymore. So paying a monthly fee is definitely a positive contribution to the world of music. We just need to put pressure on the tech companies and music business to spread that money in a more fairly manner. I hope someday they go with the user-centric model instead of the current pro-rata model. I’m a simple guy, so I feel like if I listen to only The Weather Station during a month, she should get everything from my monthly fee after Spotify’s own cut. I would be happy to pay a bigger monthly fee, if the money would go to the artist that I actually listen to instead of the major label acts. Hopefully there will be a some kind of resolution to the problem soon. It might not be easy, but I’m sure it’s possible for both the tech companies and the songwriters to thrive in the streaming world.

Anyway, on with the weekly playlist. Lots of great albums again. Norwegian I Was A King released their wonderful pop album Slow Century (produced by Norman Blake) and Clara Baker her folk treasure Things To Burn. I don’t usually include the reissues and compilations on this playlist, but surely I have to make an exception with the previously unreleased Townes Van Zandt recordings. There’s also a song from the great new albums by The Wild Reeds, Rosie Tucker, Caleb Elliot, The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousness, Howe Gelb, Joybird, Ryan Tanner, Rachel Toups, Nick Waterhouse, Stella Donnelly, Helado Negro and Danny Schmidt. My big favourites from a week ago, Katie Spencer and The Fire Harvest are here with another song, because I love these albums.

The lone Finnish entry this week is the gorgeous new single from Antti Autio. I’m sure there had to be more, so sorry if I missed something important.

On the international charts, we got the debut singles from Logan Ledger who is a name to keep an ear on. There’s two of them, so check out the other one too. There were also parade-worthy new singles from Christian Lee Hutson, Bart, Jacob Miller, Bedouine, Roseanne Reid and Caroline Spence. Again I could just as well namedrop them all, because I really like all of these songs and again had to drop some out because I didn’t want to expand this further than 40 songs. This includes the big ones like The Black Keys and The National, because I’m sure you’ve heard them elsewhere and I’m sure they are not too upset that they didn’t get on onechord.net’s weekly playlist haha. Anyway, that’s it for this week. Love you.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #32

1. I Was A King – Clouds (Slow Century, Coastal Town Records, 2019)
2. Logan Ledger – Imagining Raindrops (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
3. Clara Baker – Six Days of Rain (Things To Burn, 2019)
4. Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue (Sky Blue, TVZ Records / Fat Possum Records, 2019)
5. Christian Lee Hutson – Northsiders (single, 2019)
6. The Wild Reeds – Run and Hide (Cheers, Dualtone, 2019)
7. Rosie Tucker – Shadow of a Doubt (Never Not Never Not Never Not, New Professor Music, 2019)
8. Caleb Elliot – Get Me Out Of Here (Forever to Fade, Single Lock Records, 2019)
9. The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness – Sparkle (Dead Calm, Pretty Olivia Records, 2019)
10. Bart – Don’t Push (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2019)
11. Jacob Miller – Cut My Teeth (single, 2019)
12. Howe Gelb (feat. M Ward) – A Thousand Kisses Deep (Gathered, Fire Records, 2019)
13. Joybird – Lean In (Landing, Jirdboy Records, 2019)
14. Ryan Tanner – A Hymn For Me and You (These Eletric Streets, Lake City Records, 2019)
15. Bedouine – When You’re Gone (single, Spacebomb Records, 2019)
16. Rachel Toups – Foxes (Sundog, Peconic, 2019)
17. Caroline Spence – Who’s Gonna Make My Mistakes (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
18. Son Volt – The Reason (single, Transmit Sound, 2019)
19. Bill and the Belles – That’ll Be Just Fine (single, 2019)
20. Nick Waterhouse – By Heart (Nick Waterhouse, Innovative Leisure, 2019)
21. Black Pumas – Fire (single, ATO Records, 2019)
22. Strand of Oaks – Keys (single, Dead Oceans, 2019)
23. Sun June – Monster Moon (single, Keeled Scales, 2019)
24. Angie McMahon – Pasta (single, 2019
25. Stella Donnelly – Allergies (Beware of the Dog, Secretly Canadian, 2019)
26. Roseanne Reid – Amy (single, Last Man Music, 2019)
27. Helado Negro – Imagining What to Do (This Is How You Smile, RVNG, 2019)
28. Calming River – Portrait of a Shadow (single, 2019)
29. Antti Autio – Mustaa (single, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
30. Katie Spencer – Hello Sun (Weather Beaten, KRS Music, 2019)
31. Laura Stevenson – Value Inn (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2019)
32. Andrew Bird – Manifest (single, Wegawam Music, 2019)
33. Charley Crockett – How Low Can You Go (single, Son of Davy, 2019)
34. Lucero – ’84 300zx (with T-Tops) (single, Libery & Lament Records, 2019)
35. SASAMI – Not The Time (SASAMI, Domino Recording Co, 2019)
36. Arre! Arre! – His-Story Moves In Circles (single, PNKSLM, 2019)
37. Field Medic – Used 2 Be a Romantic (single, Run For Cover Records, 2019)
38. Danny Schmidt – Newport ’65 (Standard Deviation, Live Once Records, 2019)
39. The Felice Brothers – Poor Blind Birds (single, Yep Roc, 2019)
40. The Fire Harvest – Human (Open Water, Snowstar Records, 2019)

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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