Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Collective, Heather Valley, Flora Hibberd and Josienne Clarke

A couple more quick round-up things, but in a few days I start scraping together the EOTY lists. First we are heading over to New Hampshire to revisit the Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Collective album Summer Ghosts/ Nightfalls that was co-released by Burst & Bloom Records and Broken Sparrow on the 13th of September. I’ve loved Sidney Lindner’s songwriting since I heard The Shining Example Is Lying on the Floor by The Hotel Alexis back in mid 00s and therefore this is really a big one for me. Here’s a couple of personal favorites from the new album with the Silver Wilderness Collective. You & Me Kid from Bandcamp where you can buy/hear the whole thing and a music video for the opener Sweet Brother. Ryan Prows also directed a must see epic three part short movie for album tracks Mother’s Tongue, You & Me Kid and Who Are You When No One’s Looking. Start from here and check out the whole story.

Sidney Lindner & The Silve Wilderness Collective at Facebook
Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Collective

From the long time favorites to the new favorites and across the border to Hamilton, Ontario. A little over a month ago, I stumbled upon a music video of Heather Valley singing a song called Lovejoy and I instantly loved it. The interest grew even higher when I read the premiere interview where she named some of my biggest favorites like Jason Molina and Jennifer Castle as her influences. The album Desert Message followed on the 22nd of November and it was able to match my high expectations. Here are the wonderful singles Lovejoy and Ohio River, but make sure you hit the bandcamp player links too to hear/buy the whole great record.

Heather Valley at Facebook
Heather Valley Website

Next this dark but beautiful blog entry takes us to Paris, France. Songwriter Flora Hibberd is originally from London, but resides in Paris these days. Her powerful debut EP The Absentee came out on 1st of November on ClearLight Records / Declared Goods. All four songs are strong and haunting, but here’s my personal favorite As Long as There Is Night.

Flora Hibberd at Facebook

The last one for tonight comes from Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland. My blissful obsession to the new Josienne Clarke album In All Weather is rising all the time, so I have no other choice than share this brand new video for song called Host along with another big favorite called Dark Cloud. This remarkable record is now out on Rough Trade.

Josienne Clarke Website
Josienne Clarke at Facebook

Continue Reading

Baby Sweetcorn, Wojtek the Bear, Astral Brain and Treemer

Another quick round of music things I love. This Euro tour starts from Pori, Finland with a song from the new Baby Sweetcorn album He Laughs He Learns He Loves. They did some cupboard cleaning and recorded a bunch of great songs that had been gathering dust for reasons that remain a mystery. The reason sure wasn’t the quality of the songs, because there’s a lot of wonderful material on this album. My early favorite has been this one called Thousand Yard Stare, but do check out the whole thing by hitting the links on the bandcamp player. He Laughs He Learns He Loves came out digitally on Way Beyondo Records on the 15th of November. If you want it on vinyl, pre-order it here. The vinyl will not be sold afterwards.

Baby Sweetcorn at Facebook

Next we travel to Scotland and more precisely Glasgow. Wojtek the Bear still reminds me a lot of great former Finnish indie band Sister Flo, which is not a bad thing because I loved Sister Flo. This time they are channeling their inner Nigel Mansell on this gorgeous new single/video Some States that came out Scottish Fiction on the 22nd of November. Their 2019 singles are also now available as a limited edition vinyl called Old Names for New Shapes.

Wojtek the Bear at Facebook

On our way back home we meet up with Astral Brain in Sweden, Stockholm. This new band by Einar Ekström (Le Futur Pompiste) and Siri af Burén released their latest single Five Thousand Miles on the 6th of November. This is again pure indie gold just like the debut single.

Astral Brain at Facebook

Final destination on this roundabout is just a boat trip away in Helsinki, Finland. This is a most pleasant surprise return from the lovely people who once played in such Finnish indie legends like The Pansies. Their new band is called Treemer and they just released their debut EP Meeting on the 15th of November. So if you like some beautiful guitar pop with noisy hypnotic guitars and shoegazy vibes, check out the debut single The Great Void below and the whole EP on the streaming platforms.

Treemer at Facebook

Continue Reading

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #68

Another week, another weekly playlist.

The year end is getting closer, but the hits just keep on coming. Or should-be hits at least. This week we got a new solo album from Micah Schnabel and that is a big deal. It’s a very powerful album where anger & frustration collide with hope & empathy. Super highly recommended. Also Elijah Ocean, Hurt Valley, The Country Side of Harmonica Sam and Lannie Flowers released great new albums. Then there’s the awesome Little Wings album that first came out in the summer, but I haven’t seen it before on this controversial streaming app. Yola’s album also got an extended version and Shotgun Jimmie and Rue Snider released EPs.

As for Finland. There’s the new album from Pekko Käppi along with a revisit to the wonderful Liila Jokelin album that started last week’s playlist. The new Pintandwefall single is absolutely wonderful and another single treat comes from Pietarin Spektaakkeli feat Yona.

International singles ruled the week too, because there was such treasures like a new John Moreland song, a new Jennah Barry song, a new Possessed by Paul James song and Tre Burt’s debut single on Oh Boy Records. Just to name a few. You’ll find the rest from the list below.

That’s it for this week. I may or may not do this next week. Kind of depends is there enough new stuff. Or maybe I’ll just add them on top of this one, if there’s some but not enough for a whole playlist. Mostly I try to start working on the pointless EOTY lists. First a couple of those round-up thingies during the next few days, then on to the lists. No definite promises about anything though. Love love love.

1. Micah Schnabel – Gentle Always (The Teenage Years of the 21st of Century, Here You Go! 2019)
2. Elijah Ocean – Came Down From Denver (Back to the Lander, New Wheel Music, 2019)
3. Tre Burt – Caught It from the Rye (single, Oh Boy Records, 2019)
4. Hurt Valley – Bothers (Glacial Place, Woodsist, 2019)
5. Little Wings – Cliff’s Face (People, Digsquad, 2019)
6. John Moreland – Harder Dreams (single, Old Omens, 2019)
7. Jennah Barry – Pink Grey Blue (single, Forward Music, 2019)
8. Pintandwefall – Ah-Ah-Ah (single, Soliti, 2019)
9. John Prine – The Ways of a Woman in Love (single, Oh Boy, 2019)
10. The Country Side of Harmonica Sam – Patches on My Heart (Broken Bottle, Broken Heart, El Toro Records, 2019)
11. Pekko Käppi – Tulet palaa (Finnish Folk Songs Vol. 1, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
12. Possessed by Paul James – Be at Rest (single, 2019)
13. Shotgun Jimmie – A Flower From Yesterday (VHS EP, You’ve Changed Records, 2019)
14. Kacy & Clayton – How To Fight Loneliness (single, New West, 2019)
15. Rue Snider – Speak My Mind Live (Pete’s Candy Store Pt 1 EP, 2019)
16. Ana Egge – We Are One Live (single, StorySound Records, 2019)
17. Bart Budwig – Sock Song (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2019)
18. Luke De-Sciscio – I’m a Dream Fighting Out of a Man (single, 2019)
19. Fortitude Valley – Wreck (single, Fika Recordings, 2019)
20. Lannie Flowers – Running (Home, 2019)
21. Nadia Reid – Best Thing (single, Spacebomb, 2019)
22. Yola – I Don’t Wanna Lie (Walk Through Fire Extended, Easy Eye Sound, 2019)
23. James Hunter Six – I Can Change Your Mind (single, Daptone Records, 2019)
24. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas Sun (single, Dead Oceans, 2019)
25. Son Little – Mahalia (single, Anti, 2019)
26. Pietarin Spektaakkeli feat Yona – Siivet (single, Roihis Musica, 2019)
27. Liila Jokelin – Tulet kohtaamaan taistelun (Kaamos on huono esileikki, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
28. Alan Barnosky – Beer Cans and Quarters (single, 2019)
29. Trey Burnart Hall – Mosaic (Story Songs, 2019)
30. Heather Valley – Seasons (Desert Message, 2019)
31. Twain – Star Mate (Adventure, Keeled Scales, 2019)
32. Bill Fay – Love Will Remain (single, Dead Oceans, 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.

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading
1 2 3 434