OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #102

Another week, another new music weekly.

This was quite a release week and it wasn’t possible to listen to everything before making this. But here’s some kind of attempt to round up most of the new releases of the week.

A lot of country music to love this week. Zephaniah OHora, Justin Wells and Colter Wall albums were all highly anticipated and they all are damn good. Some other kind of favourites too like Jeremy Squires, Caitlin Pasko and Rae Fitzgerald EP. Oh yeah and some gorgeous surprise b-sides from TK & The Holy Know-Nothings. And many other things. Here’s a full list of international albums that were on my radar:

Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs (La Honda Records, 2020)
Justin Wells – The United State (Singular Recordings)
Zephaniah OHora – Listening to the Music (Last Roundup Records)
The Reeves Brothers – The Last Honky-Tonk
Jeremy Squires – Many Moons (Blackbird Record Label)
TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Pickled Heat EP (Mama Bird Recording Co)
Rae Fitzgerald – Lonely Listener EP (Keeled Scales)
Caitlin Pasko – Greenhouse (Whatever’s Clever)
Karen Jonas – The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams
The Northern Belle – We Wither, We Bloom, (Die With Your Boots On Records)
Wood & Wire – No Matter Where It Goes from Here (Blue Corn Music)
Widowspeak – Plum (Captured Tracks)
Molly Tuttle – ..but I’d rather be with you (Compass Records)
Lauren O’Connell – Covers Two (Sugar Glider)
Aidan Knight – Aidan Knight (Full Time Hobby)
Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar)
Bobby Rush – Rawer than Raw (Deep Rush Records)
Bettye LaVette – Blackbirds (UMG Recordings)
Isaac Hoskins – Sell the Farm
The Avett Brothers – The Third Gleam EP (Loma Vista)

This was also a brilliant Finnish release week. The biggest treasure is the debut album from Amuri. A really big deal for me and I love it so much. However, that’s not the only beautiful album release. Those Metsäheikki and Arppa albums are awesome as well. The playlist also has excellent new singles from Laura Moisio, Linkopii and Vuoret plus revisits The Sugarrush album that came out a week ago.

When it come to international singles there’s a powerful double from Adia Victoria and Austin Lucas early on. Some other personal favorites are new songs by Tiffany Williams, Laura Fell, Skyway Man and Girlatones. Just to name a few.

That’s it for this week. I’m on vacation for the next week, so I try to catch up on blog emails and maybe do a blog post or two. No definite promises though. Love from a distance.

1. Colter Wall – Big Iron (Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs, La Honda Records, 2020)
2. Justin Wells – Temporary Blue (The United State, Singular Recordings, 2020)
3. Zephaniah OHora – When I’ve No More Tears to Cry (Listening to the Music, Last Roundup Records, 2020)
4. Amuri – Ilta aamuksi vaihtui (Amuri, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
5. Metsäheikki – Puut tanssivat hiljaa (Sammakko saunassa, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
6. The Reeves Brothers – I’ve Lost All My Strength to Sing the Blues (The Last Honky-Tonk, 2020)
7. Adia Victoria – South Gotta Change (single, Atlantic, 2020)
8. Austin Lucas – Already Dead (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2020)
9. Jeremy Squires – Hummingbird (Many Moons, Blackbird Record Label, 2020)
10. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Ghosts (Pickled Heat EP, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
11. Tiffany Williams feat Jonathan Dean – If I Wasn’t (single, 2020)
12. Rae Fitzgerald – Everlast (Lonely Listener EP, Keeled Scales, 2020)
13. Caitlin Pasko – Quiet Weather (Greenhouse, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
14. Laura Fell – Bone of Contention (single, Balloon Machine, 2020)
15. Laura Moisio – Huumaavaa (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
16. Arppa – Laavalamppuja (Laavalamppuja, Arppa Music, 2020)
17. Karen Jonas – Out in Palm Tree Paradise (The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams, 2020)
18. The Northern Belle – Evelyn (We Wither, We Bloom, Die With Your Boots On Records, 2020)
19. Wood & Wire – Spirit of ’94 (No Matter Where It Goes from Here, Blue Corn Music, 2020)
20. Widowspeak – Plum (Plum, Captured Tracks, 2020)
21. Heather Valley feat Katey Morley – How I Got to Memphis (single, 2020)
22. Molly Tuttle – A Little Lost (..but I’d rather be with you, Compass Records, 2020)
23. Lauren O’Connell – Thirteen (Covers Two, Sugar Glider, 2020)
24. Michael C. Duguay – Twenty-Five to Life (single, So Sorry Records, 2020)
25. Girlatones – Remember the Future (single, 2020)
26. Nap Eyes – Snake Oil (single, Jagjaguwar, 2020)
27. Skyway Man – Old Swingin’ Bell (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
28. Have Gun Will Travel – Melancholy Moon (Everything Dies) (single, 2020)
29. Terry’s Paradise – Paradise Girl (single, 2020)
30. Molly Parden – Kitchen Table (single, 2020)
31. Laura Veirs – Turquoise Walls (single, Bella Union, 2020)
32. Andrew Gabbard – Cloud of Smoke (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
33. Aidan Knight – Julia in the Garden (Aidan Knight, Full Time Hobby, 2020)
34. Native Harrow – Smoke Burns (single, Loose Music, 2020)
35. Rhiannon Giddens – Don’t Call Me Names (single, Nonesuch Records, 2020)
36. Anne Malin – Child (single, 2020)
37. Julia Holter – Gold Dust Woman (single, Domino Recording Co, 2020)
38. Angel Olsen – Tonight (Without You) (Whole New Mess, Jagjaguwar, 2020)
39. Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Osouji (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
40. Grace Gillespie – Your God’s Within (single, Kaleidoscope, 2020)
41. Bill Callahan – Ry Cooder (single, Drag City, 2020)
42. Bobby Rush – Down in Mississippi (Rawer than Raw, Deep Rush Records, 2020)
43. Bettye LaVette – I Hold No Grudge (Blackbirds, UMG Recordings, 2020)
44. Vuoret – Sotaunia (single, M.dulor, 2020)
45. Linkopii – Takiainen (single, Luova Records, 2020)
46. Jacob Faurholt – Don’t You Worry About Me (single, Raw Onion Records, 2020)
47. Nick Garza’s Get Along – Take Me Down to San Antonio (single, 2020)
48. Sam Morrow – Money Ain’t a Thing (single, Forty Below Records, 2020)
49. John Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner – I Don’t Wanna Be Alone Tonight (single, State Fair Records, 2020)
50. Benchmarks – Our Finest Hour (Summer, Slowly, 2020)
51. The Sugarrush – FLB (High Status, Nature Sucks Anyway Records, 2020)
52. Brent Cobb – Shut Up and Sing (single, Ol’ Buddy Records, 2020)
53. Isaac Hoskins – I Make My Living in a Tavern (Sell the Farm, 2020)
54. The Avett Brothers – Back into the Light (The Third Gleam EP, Loma Vista 2020)
55. Trummors – What You Had (Dropout City, Ernest Jenning, 2020)
56. Juliet McConkey – Disappearing Girl (Disappearing Girl, 2020)
57. Evangeline Gentle – Ordinary People (Evangeline Gentle, Sonic Unyon Records, 2020)
58. Maya Hawke – So Long (Blush, Mom+Pop, 2020)
59. Dolly Valentine – Everywhere, Love (How To Be Good, Holy Golden Music, 2020)
60. Bright Arcana – There’s a Place (Bright Arcana in the Lowland Plains, 2020)

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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