Flora Hibberd, Andrew Bryant, Joe Bourdet and St. Lenox

Just a quick post of recent songs and music videos that I love madly. One should write essays about the greatness of these instead of just small blurbs, but maybe this is better than nothing. London-born and Paris-based Flora Hibberd has quickly become one of my favorite songwriters in the world. Archipelago was my EP of the year in 2020 and next Friday I’m going to celebrate both the midsummer and the release of her new album Hold. Here’s the wonderful first single Night, Perpetual in form of a lovely music video.

Flora Hibberd at Facebook
Flora Hibberd Website

Andrew Bryant from Mississippi is also one of my favorite songwriters and has an album coming out in a few weeks. A Meaningful Connection will be released on the 9th of July, but we already have a couple of great songs available. My favorite so far is this deeply moving and utterly wonderful song called Reality Winner.

Andrew Bryant at Facebook
Andrew Bryant Website

Next up is a timeless Californian folk rock treasure that is already out and available. Joe Bourdet’s album Meadow Rock has been one of my most anticipated 2021 album releases and it finally saw the light of the day on the 18th of June. Here’s the new music video for album track Lost Along The Way along with another personal favorite from Bandcamp.

Joe Bourdet at Facebook
Joe Bourdet Website

Wrapping this little blog entry with another special album that is already waiting for you at the record store. Ten Songs of Worship and Praise for our Tumultuous Times is the new album by St. Lenox and it came out on Don Giovanni Records on the 11th of June. My favorite song from the album is Arthur is at a Shiva. Albeit a part of the reason why that song stands out for me might be my deep love for the music video of the song. Wonderful song, baking tips and heartfelt commentary subtitles. What’s not to love. Check it out below and then hear/buy the whole thing over at Bandcamp.

St. Lenox at Facebook
St. Lenox Website

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #140

Another week, another new music weekly.

A slightly behind schedule this week. I was just too worn out to do this yesterday. Thankfully just one week to go until vacation (albeit a pretty hell-ish week due to the midsummer hassle in the potato and vegetable industry). After that I’ll rest and hopefully do some blog stuff. Maybe like a mid-year list of some sorts, because I haven’t praised enough music outside of these new music weeklies. And I suppose I need to decide whether I want to celebrate that 20 years of music blogging. I think I’m leaning towards no, because it might be too much to handle in the shape that I’ve been for the past year and this also doesn’t feel like the time to ask free favors from artists (whether it would be live or online, it’s not like I have any money to spent on it). Anyway, time to dive into the new music of the week.

My album of the week is the new Joe Bourdet album Meadow Rock. A real special one there for sure. Other wonderful album releases this week came from K.C. Jones, Jess Jocoy (EP), Amythyst Kiah, Daniel Romano’s Outfit (live record, vinyl later), Country Westerns (EP), Nick Ferrio (Canadian liner note hero released a great album of his own music), Kings of Convenience (a most welcome comeback, quiet is still the new loud), Lady Nade, Mr. Husband, Amy Helm, Dylan LeBlanc, Darby Sparkman (EP) andJack Droppers & The Best Intentions.

The Finnish highlight of the week is the long-waited debut album from Tams. Other beautiful Finnish treasures on the list are singles from Arppa, Jukka Nissinen, J.Kajan, Itä-Hollola Installaatio and album from Pykäri.

The international song of the week is the new song by Matthew Milia. He is probably my favorite songwriter of the past decade and therefore this new album announcement is a big deal for me. The new song is not on Spotify, so you won’t find it from the playlist. However, you’ll find Salad Bars from Bandcamp with pre-order possibilities. The other big single for me this week is the second single from Jeremy Ferrara’s forthcoming album. This one is even better than the first time. And of course there’s far more from such great artists like Rose City Band, Drew Beskin,Rod Gator, Justin Wells, Kate Vargas, Ryan Curtis, Darrin Bradbury, Theo Lawrence, Spencer Cullum, T.Hardy Morris, Judy Blank & Dylan Earl, Jackie Venson, Kyle Cox & Franc Castillejos and Margo Price (Roky cover). Just to name a few.

That’s all for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Joe Bourdet – Lost Along the Way (Meadow Rock, Mountain Sound Recorders, 2021)
2. K.C. Jones – I’ve Got Time (Queen of the In Between, 20219
3. Jess Jocoy – Constellations (Brighter Eyes EP, 2021)
4. Amythyst Kiah – Tender Organs (Wary + Stranger, Rounder Records, 2021)
5. Daniel Romano’s Outfit – The One That Got Away (Came Back Today) (Fully Plugged In, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
6. Country Westerns – Coming Down (Country Westerns EP, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
7. Nick Ferrio – Bad Luck (Television of Roses, 2021)
8. Drew Beskin – Double Dipper (single, Super Canoe, 2021)
9. Jeremy Ferrara – Fictional (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
10. Kings of Convenience – Killers (Peace Or Love, Universal, 2021)Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions
11. Lady Nade – Willing (Willing, 2021)
12. Rose City Band – In the Rain (single, Thrill Jockey Records, 2021)
13. Spencer Cullum feat Erin Rae – High on a Rocky Ledge (single, Full Time Hobby, 2021)
14. T.Hardy Morris – DirtRocker (single, Normaltown Records, 2021)
15. Justin Wells – Hard Out Here (single, Singular Recordings, 2021)
16. Rod Gator – For Louisiana (single, Blue Elan Records, 2021)
17. Kate Vargas – Church of the Misdirection (single, 2021)
18. Amy Helm – Verse 23 (What the Flood Leaves Behind, Renew Records, 2021)
19. Darby Sparkman – Rainbows (The Cabin at Ghost Gum Creek, Stationary Vagabond Records, 2021)
20. Ryan Curtis – All Alone (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
21. Darrin Bradbury – Exile on Myrtle Beach (single, Anti, 2021)
22. Pokey LaFarge – Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone (single, New West Records, 2021)
23. Theo Lawrence – I’ll Never Dream Again (single, Tomika, 2021)
24. Kyle Cox & Franc Castillejos – Te Espero / Waiting For You (single, 2021)
25. Mr. Husband – Heart Attack (Kinny Bouquet, Good Soil Records, 2021)
26. Dylan LeBlanc – Expecting to Fly (Pastimes, ATO Records, 2021)
27. Judy Blank & Dylan Earl – Never Said a Word (single, 2021)
28. Jukka Nissinen – Tää on mahtavaa (single, Humu Records, 2021)
29. Arppa – Hauki (single, Johanna Kustannus, 2021)
30. Tams – Kompassi (Menolippu ei minnekään, 2021)
31. Pykäri – Omena (Pyqäri, PME Records, 2021)
32. J. Kajan – Elossa (single, 2021)
33. Itä-Hollola Installaatio – Sydän Särjellään (single, KHY Musiikki, 2021)
34. Margo Price – Two Headed Dog (single, Light in the Attic, 2021)
35. Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions – New Holland (Dad Rock, Mahogany Songs, 2021)
36. Jackie Venson – ‘Til This Pain Goes Away (single, 2021)
37. Mega Bog – Weight Of the Earth, On Paper (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2021)
38. Aldous Harding – Old Peel (single, 4AD, 2021)
39. Hand Habits – Motherless (single, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
40. Leon Bridges – Why Don’t You Touch Me (single, Sony, 2021)
41. Anthonio Tonnon – Leave Love Out Of This (single, Slow Time Records, 2021)
42. Left Vessel – This Year Be (single, GiftShop Records, 2021)
43. Bergen – Spöstad (single, Skulden, 2021)
44. Matthew Fowler – I’m Still Trying (single, Signature Sounds, 2021)
45. Elastic No-No Band feat Toby Goodshank – I’d Love Just Once To See You (single, 2021)
46. Stephen Simmons – Blackberry Winter & Heartache Stew (single, 2021)
47. Jeremy James Meyer – Bon Voyage (Alive & OK, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
48. Quivers – Overthinking (Golden Doubt, Bobo Integral, 2021)
49. Evan Cheadle – Look Out (Fault Like Serenade, Victory Pool, 2021)
50. Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints – Sleepwalk (single, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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 Music Weekly – Episode #139

Another week, another new music weekly.

Probably plenty of things flew under my radar this week, because a) I’ve been sick all week long b) I did this very quickly on Saturday morning due to EURO2020 (Finland will play this evening). That is my main focus this weekend instead of new releases. However, there’s a really lot of those beautiful album and single releases this weekend including lots of big personal favorites. So let’s get on to the finest new music of the week.

My album of the week is the new wonderful Evan Cheadle album Fault Like Serenade. Other big album releases this week came from Jeremy James Meyer, St. Lenox, Quivers, Jenny Don’t and The Spurs, Rachel Baiman, Peter Bruntnell, Joana Serrat, Cory Grinder & The Playboy Scouts, Jeb Loy Nichols, Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander and Chloe Foy.

From Finland we are celebrating return single from Burning Hearts, first solo single from Sami Yaffa and covers EP by Janne Laurila and Deux Villes.

The international singles are really strong this week. The stand-outs for me were the album announcements and first singles from big favorites Flora Hibberd, Josienne Clarke, Kashena Sampson and James McMurtry. We also got additional advance single gold from the forthcoming albums by Summer Dean, Chris Acker, Vincent Neil Emerson, John R. Miller, Jeremy Squires and Lucy Dacus. Again just to name a few. There’s treasures throughout the whole list like Charlie Parr’s eight minute opus, new one from Cameron Knowler and many others.

That’s all for now. Time to shift focus to football. Love from a distance.

1. Evan Cheadle – Ice Water (Fault Like Serenade, Victory Pool, 2021)
2. Jeremy James Meyer – Rhinestoned Cowboy (Alive & OK, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
3. Jenny Don’t and the Spurs – California Cowboy (Fire on the Ridge, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
4. Hannah Juanita – Big Secret (Hardliner, 2021)
5. Quivers – Nostalgia Will Kill You (Golden Doubt, Bobo Integral / Ba Da Bing, 2021)
6. St. Lenox – Bethesda (Ten Songs of Worship and Praise for Our Tumultuous Times, Don Giovanni Records, 2021)
7. Josienne Clarke – Sit Out (single, 2021)
8. Flora Hibberd – Night, Perpetual (single, 2021)
9. Jeremy Squires – Fade (single, Blackbird Label, 2021)
10. Chris Acker – Walking (single, Gar Hole Records, 2021)
11. Summer Dean – Can You Hear Me Knocking (single, 2021)
12. Kashena Sampson – Whole Lot Better (single, New Moon Records, 2021)
13. Joana Serrat – These Roads (Hardcore from the Heart, Great Canyon Records / Loose Music, 2021)
14. Rachel Baiman – Cycles (Cycles, Signature Sounds, 2021)
15. John R. Miller – Coming Down (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
16. Vincent Neil Emerson – High on Gettin’ By (single, La Honda Records, 2021)
17. James McMurtry – Canola Fields (single, New West Records, 2021)
18. Wild Earp – I Wanna Go (single, Western Myth Records, 2021)
19. Jesse Daniel – Clayton Was a Cowboy (single, Die True Records, 2021)
20. Cory Grinder & The Playboy Scouts – Back Here on this Throne (Honky Tonkin’ Beauty Supreme, Blue Arrow Records, 2021)
21. Peter Bruntnell – Heart of a Straw (Journey to the Sun, Domestico Records, 2021)
22. The Wild Reeds – Younger Days (single, Dualtone, 2021)
23. Lucy Dacus – Brando (single, Matador, 2021)
24. Burning Hearts – Where I Belong (single, Betula Pendula, 2021)
25. Michael Cormier – Last Hurrah (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
26. Liam Kazar – Frank Bacon (single, Mare/Woodsist, 2021)
27. Jeb Loy Nichols – The World Loves a Fool (Jeb Loy, Timmion Records, 2021)
28. Jason Joshua – Se Acabo (single, Penrose Records, 2021)
29. Durand Jones & The Indications – Love Will Work It Out (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
30. Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander – I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (I’m In Love Again, Turtle Bay Records, 2021)
31. Janne Laurila & Deux Villes – I Will Wait For You (To Only You EP, Laser-Kiekko, 2021)
32. Bess Atwell – All You Can Do (single, Real Kind Records, 2021)
33. Chloe Foy – Bones (Where Shall We Begin, 2021)
34. Andrea von Kampen – Water Flowing Downward (single, Fantasy Records, 2021)
35. Angie McMahon – Tea, Milk & Honey (single, Dualtone, 2021)
36. Laura Stevenson – State (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2021)
37. Lunar Vacation – Shrug (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
38. Anne Soldaat – Flip Decision (single, Excelsior Recordings, 2021)
39. 2nd Grade – Superglue (single, Double Double Whammy, 2021)
40. Sami Yaffa – The Last Time (single, Vallila Music House, 2021)
41. GA-20 – She’s Gone (single, Karma Chief Records / Colemine Records, 2021)
42. Cedric Burnside – Pretty Flowers (single, Single Lock Records, 2021)
43. Flatland Cavalry – No Ace In the Hole (single, 2021)
44. Son Volt – Diamonds and Cigarettes (single, Transmit Sound, 2021)
45. The Felice Brothers – Jazz on the Autobahn (single, Yep Roc, 2021)
46. JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain – House Carpenter (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
47. Billy Law – Voicemail (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
48. Kirby Brown – Lenny’s Song (single, Soundly, 2021)
49. Charlie Parr – Everyday Opus (single, Smithsonian Folkways, 2021)
50. Cameron Knowler – Lena’s Spanish Fandango (single, American Dreams Records, 2021)
51. Joe Nolan – Solid Gold (single, Fallen Tree Records, 2021)
52. Wednesday – Cody’s Only (single, Orindal Records, 2021)
53. Babehoven – A Star (single, 2021)
54. Tristen – Story of Love (Aquatic Flowers, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
55. Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love – The Four Thousand Dollar Days (Friends in High Places, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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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