Matt Dorrien, Kyle Cox and Joan Shelley

The progress has been slow for various of reasons, but I’m still here listening and loving music with all my heart. Here’s another set of wonderful songs that have done their part in dividing my world into something manageable. Starting off with the latest single Teddy Wilson from the great Portland-based songwriter Matt Dorrien who made one of my favorite records of 2018. It’s a gorgeous ode to jazz pianist Teddy Wilson and gives us a beautiful kindhearted escape from this crazy world. The single is out and available on Mama Bird Recording Co, so hit that bandcamp link for the single and the 2018 album if you missed it at the time. But now it’s the time to gently sway in the arms of this wonderful song. Everyone needs such moments of beauty and comfort in order to find the strength to carry on fighting for what is right.

Matt Dorrien at Facebook
Matt Dorrien Website

Carrying on with the dance theme and next we are having a slow dance with Nashville songwriter Kyle Cox. We are not far away otherwise either, because his new album Perhaps One Day is a beautiful timeless love letter to his family and an ode to the jazz groups of 30s and 40s. It’s a tremendous album from first note to last and I love it wholeheartedly. Here’s Midnight Dance from the album that came out the 16th of August. Listen to / buy the whole beautiful record by hitting the links on the player.

Kyle Cox at Facebook
Kyle Cox Website

This little blog post was dedicated to the slow dance and there’s no better way to wrap this one than the song The Sway from the awesome new Joan Shelley album Like The River Loves The Sea. The album came out on 30th of August on No Quarter Records and it’s one of my favorite records of this fall. This brilliant Lost River Sessions performance of album outtake The Sway just surfaced a few days ago. So here’s Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg giving a most perfect ending to this round up of songs of romance and slow dance.

Joan Shelley Website
Joan Shelley at Facebook

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OCTA Weekly Playlist #60

Another week, another weekly playlist.

The big surprise release of the week was the new Austin James Craig album. I loved his EP some years ago and I’m thrilled to hear more of his songs. That was the biggest one for me, but there’s much more than just that. The week gave us new albums from Big Thief, Andre Ethier, Very Good, Comet Gain, The Good Graces, Cody Jinks, Tim Barry, Caleb McCoach, Neilson Family, Gabriel Kelley, The Building, Helene Cronin and Richard Dawson. A couple of older releases too that I missed at the time from Gold Light and Lucy Isabel. Plus some important EPs too from Malin Pettersen and Son Little.

A great Finnish music release week too thanks to wonderful new albums from Knipi and Antti Autio. I also included a song from JLaine album that I missed a week ago.

The big international single was the first outtake from the next Twain album. There’s also new songs from Hallelujah the Hills, Bonnie Prince Billy, Dan Edmonds, Karen & The Sorrows and so much more.

That it’s for this week. Take care and love love love.

1. Austin James Craig – My Father’s Blood (Ghosts Of Ohio, 2019)
2. Big Thief – Those Girls (Two Hands, 4AD, 2019)
3. Andre Ethier – Two Dogs (Croak in the Weeds, Telephone Explosion, 2019)
4. Very Good – Into the Sun (Adulthood, 2019)
5. Twain – Inner Beauty (single, Keeled Scales, 2019)
6. Pickering Pick – Everything Is Past (single, Double J, 2019)
7. The Delines – A Room on the Tenth Floor (single, El Cortez, 2019)
8. Son Little – about her. again (Invisible, Anti-, 2019)
9. Comet Gain – Your Life On Your Knees (Fireraisers Forever! Tapete Records, 2019)
10. Hallelujah The Hills – Running Hot With Fate (single, Discrete Pageantry, 2019)
11. Malin Pettersen – The Key (Alonesome EP, Die With Your Boots On, 2019)
12. Bonnie Prince Billy – In Good Faith (single, Drag City, 2019)
13. The Good Graces – I Dropped Your Name (Prose and Consciousness, Pretty New Songs, 2019)
14. Karen & The Sorrows – Third Time’s the Charm (single, Ocean Born Mary Music, 2019)
15. Dan Edmonds – Two Thirds of a Fifth (single, 2019)
16. Knipi – Hölösuu (Knipi, The Fried Music, 2019)
17. Antti Autio – Emmanuel (Pihalla tuulee taas, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
18. JLaine – Tuuli (II, Way Beyondo Records, 2019)
19. Elijah Ocean – Cleaned up in Vegas (single, 2019)
20. Cody Jinks – Tell’em What It’s Like (After the Fire, Late August Records, 2019)
21. Tim Barry – Birmingham (The Roads to Richmond, Chunksaah Records, 2019)
22. Caleb McCoach – New Poison (Lisa, 2019)
23. Neilson Family – Woodstock Hardcore (Double Life, Jigsaw Records, 2019)
24. Julien Baker – Tokyo (single, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
25. Jerry Leger – Canvas of Gold (single, Latent, 2019)
26. Katie Pruitt – Loving Her (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
27. Matthew Ryan – Avalanche of Stars (Fallen Ash & Embers EP, 2019)
28. Vetiver – Wanted, Never Asked (single, Mama Bird Recordings Co / Loose Music, 2019)
29. Gold Light – Strangeman (Zephyr, 2019)
30. Helene Cronin – Riding the Gray Line (Old Ghosts and Lost Causes, 2019)
31. Greg Loiacono – Chamberlain’s Trunk (single, Blue Rose Music, 2019)
32. Theo Lawrence – Come Back to My Love (single, Tomika Records, 2019)
33. Gabriel Kelley – Oh How It Rained (Gabriel Kelley, Tone Tree Music, 2019)
34. Ben Dahaner – Taught Me to Lie (single, Soundly, 2019)
35. Lucy Isabel – Something New (Rambling Star, 2019)
36. Wished Bone – Trees We Couldn’t Tell the Side Of (single, 2019)
37. Maija Sofia – The Glitter (single, Trapped Animal Records, 2019)
38. The Building – Purifier (PETRA, Concord Records, 2019)
39. Cassidy Waring – Nostalgia (single, 2019)
40. Michael Nau – Hoops (Less Ready To Go, 2019)
41. Daniel Martin Moore – Unexpectedly (Never Look Away, Sofaburn / Ok Recordings, 2019)
42. D.H. Scott – I’m Leaving This Place (My Body Longed For The Summer, 2019)
43. Richard Dawson – Black Triangle (2020, Domino Recording Co, 2019)
44. Drew Danburry / For All The Girls – Yvonne (Yellow Seahorse Sessions, 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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Austin James Craig – Ghosts of Ohio

This morning took a beautiful surprise turn when I saw Austin James Craig’s post on my feed. He is a great singer-songwriter from Akron, Ohio. I really loved his EP some years ago and I’ve been eagerly waiting to hear more of his songs. Now that wait is over, because he released a new album Ghosts of Ohio on the 11th of October. I haven’t had the time to listen a whole lot at this point, because first I had to battle through the workday. I still wanted to do my part in getting the word out, because this is major news on the onechordnet scale. Plus based on a few quick listens, it’s wonderful and full of beautifully arranged captivating folk / americana songs. Ghosts of Ohio is available on all streaming platforms and at bandcamp (as name-your-price download). This is Calgary from the new album.

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Black Sea Dahu, Julie Arsenault, Paper Beat Scissors and Very Good

Lately I’ve let things slide and it has never done me any good. It’s also super easy to let things slide and so hard to start again. Anyway, I’ll try to get back on this and start with a quick video post of songs that I love madly. Swiss folk band Black Sea Dahu led by songwriter Janine Cathrein has been one of my biggest favorites during the year. Their wonderful new EP No Fire In the Sand came out on the 27th of September on Mouthwatering Records and it’s filled with exceptional songwriting and beautifully arranged folk songs. These songs How You Swallowed Your Anger and Thaw have been here before, but not these particular videos. I could listen to these all day long. Poignant, mesmerizing and eternally beautiful.

Black Sea Dahu at Facebook
Black Sea Dahu Website
Black Sea Dahu at Bandcamp

Next we travel to Toronto and also make a partial step to the finest music of 2018 category. Songwriter Julie Arsenault is a big favorite of mine and her last couple of EPs have both been on my year-end top 10. Her latest EP Mom Rock came out in November 2018. For a music blog that might seem like ages ago, but these current short-living album cycles are complete bollocks. The music is relevant whenever it hits your heart and this one does every time you hit play. Recently Julie Arsenault worked with the already legendary archivist of Canadian music Southern Souls who captured a video session with two beautiful performances of EP songs Trouble With Men and Pro Choice. Watch Trouble With Men below and then visit the Southern Souls page for Pro Choice and tons of other wonderful video sessions.

Oh and here’s an older classic from her 2017 EP. I will always keep on returning to this one and this EP is probably the only 2017 release that has never left my iPod. Yeah, I still use such a thing and very regularly.

Southern Souls Website
Julie Arsenault at Bandcamp

Staying in Canada for the next one, but relocating to Montreal. The songwriter Tim Crabtree relocated there from the UK and has been releasing enchanting chamber folk under the name Paper Beat Scissors. His latest album Parallel Line came out on the 13th of September on Forward Music Group. One of the highlights of the album is called Shapes and Derek Branscombe made a perfect video companion to this wonderful song. Both would work on their own, but together they find even higher grounds. Watch it below and then hit the bandcamp player for another great song and buy/listen opportunity of the whole record.

Paper Beat Scissors at Facebook
Paper Beat Scissors Website

We wrap this little blog post with something that is Very Good or in fact rather spectacular. I just saw this video and heard this song last night and absolutely loved every second of it. Falling Dreams is the final single from Very Good’s album Adulthood that is coming out tomorrow 11th of October (or well today because I’m writing this after midnight). I’ll definitely need to spare an hour or two of my weekend for just laying on bed with headphones and listening to this one, because I have feeling that Sean Cronin and co have created something very special. Based on the three singles this is going to be unique, beautiful and colourful work of art. Here’s two of them, first the video and then the first single Ghost Warning. By the time you read this, the album is probably available too so follow my lead, hit that Bandcamp link and dive into the musical world of Very Good.

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OCTA Weekly Playlist #59

Another week, another weekly playlist.

The blog was pretty much on hold for a week, because the well-being of our cat Luna was my only concern. It was a really scary week that included a vet visit that went horribly wrong, because Luna got complications from the anesthesia. There’s still some concern, but thankfully our brave girl is doing a lot better at the moment.

I started this week’s playlist with a song from D.H.Scott’s album that actually came out in July. I’d like to say there’s some cool way I came across with it, but truth to be told, Spotify recommend it to me. Sometimes these algorithms know their stuff, because I fell instantly and this has been my favourite album during the weekend. There’s a lot of brand new albums from this week too. Kelsey Waldon, Kacy & Clayton, Jason James, Daniel Martin Moore and Michael Nau were on top of my list. Some big names too like Wilco, Angel Olsen and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and less known but equally good Monica Rizzio, Alexa Rose, Gospelbeach, Harmony Woods, Lisa Prank, Molly Drag and Bonnie Bishop. Aksi some beauties I’ve missed before from Andrew Taylor, Rachele Eve, Ainslie Wills (I had the singles from the last two, but somehow managed to miss the release of the album). Also highly anticipated EPs from Logan Ledger and Matthew Ryan plus a couple of great ones from new to me artists Kiel Grove and Kelso.

The lone new Finnish entry is the single from the forthcoming Liila Jokelin debut. I missed that a week ago and a cloud of guilt has been hanging over me ever since. Iron Country Sisters also reappear with another song from their wonderful debut. I’m sure there had to more Finnish stuff too, so feel free to guide towards right direction.

Oh yeah, some singles too. No need to namedrop them all, but some personal faves were the new singles from Jason Sinkhorn, Zachary Lucky, Big Thief, Pickering Pick and Craig Finn.

And in the end a few great artists from last week reappear. That’s it for this week. I hope I’ll manage to do something else this week, because I don’t want this to become just a playlist. All the best and love love love.

1. D.H. Scott – Banish My Soul to New Mexico (My Body Longed For The Summer, 2019)
2. Kelsey Waldon – Kentucky, 1988 (White Noise / White Lines, Oh Boy Records, 2019)
3. Kacy & Clayton – Spare Me Over One More Year (Carrying On, New West Records, 2019)
4. Jason James – Coldest Day of the Year (Seems Like Tears Ago, Melodyville Records, 2019)
5. Logan Ledger – Invisible Blue (I Don’t Dream Anymore EP, Rounder Records, 2019)
6. Monica Rizzio – Hard to Love (Sunshine Is Free, 2019)
7. Daniel Martin Moore – Real Love Song (Never Look Away, Sofaburn / OK Recordings, 2019)
8. Michael Nau – Be Smiling When You Can (Less Ready to Go, 2019)
9. Matthew Ryan – Are You the Matador? (Fallen Ash & Embers EP, Hearts & Smarts, 2019)
10. Jason Sinkhorn – What the Valley Thought You (single, Knothole Records, 2019)
11. Alexa Rose – Borrow Your Heart (Medicine For Living, Big Legal Mess, 2019)
12. Angel Olsen – Spring (All Mirrors, Jagjaguwar, 2019)
13. Pickering Pick – Please, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (single, Double J Music, 2019)
14. Big Thief – Forgotten Eyes (single, 4AD, 2019)
15. Wilco – One and a Half Stars (Ode to Joy, dBpm Records, 2019)
16. Zachary Lucky – Sometimes I Wonder (How I Got This Far) (single, Wroxton Recordings, 2019)
17. Kiel Grove – Honey-Dew (Ridin’ The Pine EP, 2019)
18. Gospelbeach – Dark Angel (Let It Burn, Alive Naturalsound, 2019)
19. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Bright Horses (Ghosteen, 2019)
20. Gus Seyffert – Hold On (single, Sargent Records, 2019)
21. Rachele Eve – Bella (Renunciation, 2019)
22. Phoebe Hunt – Baba Vanga (single, 2019)
23. Craig Finn – It’s Never Been a Fair Fight (single, Partisan Records, 2019)
24. Andrew Taylor – Make a Difference (Somewhere to Be, 2019)
25. The Good Graces – Snow Angels (single, Pretty New Songs, 2019)
26. The Local Honeys – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (single, 2019)
27. Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners – Make It Back Home (single, Country Roots Records, 2019)
28. Donna Blue – Desert Lake (single, Snowstar Records, 2019)
29. Liila Jokelin – Kuolleiden puolue (single, Helmi Levyt, Records, 2019)
30. Kelso – Oh God, There’s So Much Love In Me (Always a Godmother, Never a God EP, Poison City Records, 2019)
31. Ainslie Wills – Society (All You Have Is All You Need, 2019)
32. Molly Drag – Charlotte (Touchstone, EggHunt Records, 2019)
33. BAJA – Nino (singe, 2019)
34. John Blek – Empty Pockets (single, 2019)
35. Bonnie Bishop – Love Revolution (The Walk, Plan BB / Thirty Tigers, 2019)
36. Beautiful Dudes – Peace Train (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
37. Lisa Prank – Ignore It (Perfect Love Song, Father / Daughter Records, 2019)
38. Wojtek the Bear – Slow TV (single, 2019)
39. Harmony Woods – The City’s Our Song (Make Yourself At Home, Skeletal Lightning, 2019)
40. Worry Dolls – The River (single, Bread & Butter Records, 2019)
41. Vincent Neil Emerson – 25 & Wastin’ Time (Fried Chicken & Evil Women, La Honda Records, 2019)
42. Michaela Anne – Tattered, Torn and Blue (and Crazy) (Desert Dove, New West Records, 2019)
43. John Calvin Abney – Typeface in Bold (Safe Passage, Black Mesa Records, 2019)
44. Will Johnson – To the Shepard, To The Lion (Wire Mountain, Keeled Scales, 2019)
45. Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Collective – Sweet Brother (Summer Ghosts / Nightfalls, Burst & Bloom / Broken Sparrow, 2019)
46. Iron Country Sisters – Starlight (Take Me Home) (The Blue Hidden In, Soit Se Silti, 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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