OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #114

Another week, another new music weekly.

This one was a giant release week, because some of my absolute favorite songwriters released new albums. I’m referring to J.E. Sunde and John Calvin Abney. I’ve loved their songs for a long time and the new albums are wonderful. Actually I’ve loved the music of Adam Selzer even longer and I was thrilled to see he released a solo record. If you are a really long time reader of this little music blog, you might remember his old a band called Norfolk & Western. I loved them back in the early 00s and Dusk In Cold Parlours is one of my all-time favorite albums. Give that one listen, if you are not familiar with it. That last song still stops time. A perfect album. Anyway, back to 2020 and the new solo album which also sounds great. I look forward to diving into it more thoroughly once I’ve done with this weekly round up thing-y. Oh yeah and that The Parson Red Heads album I mentioned a week ago is now streaming here in Europe too, so it’s on the playlist this time around. Moving on from long time favorites to new favorites. These Kacey Johansing, Laura Fell and Badge Epogue Ensemble albums sound fabulous on quick listen. And that’s just to name a few. Here’s a list of all new album/EP releases that were on my radar this week.

J.E. Sunde – 9 songs About Love (Vietnam)
John Calvin Abney – Familiar Ground (Black Mesa Records)
Adam Selzer – Slow Decay (Jealous Butcher Records)
Kacey Johansing – No Better Time (Night Bloom Records)
Laura Fell – Safe From me (Balloon Machine)
The Parson Red Heads – Lifetime of Comedy (You Are The Cosmos / Fluff & Gravy Records)
Badge Epogue Ensemble – Self Help (Telephone Explosion Records)
Partner – Never Give Up (You’ve Changed Records)
Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – Late Night Essentials -Nov 9th release, but first time here
Tim Bluhm – Hag Heaven (Blue Rose Music)
Kelsey Waldon -They’ll Never Keep Us Down EP (Oh Boy Records)
Elan Noon – Colour Story
I Am Oak – Odd Seeds Pt1 (Snowstar Records) -Full album in December
Brenna Lowrie – Loss Leader EP -Jun 23rd release, missed it at the time
Ryan Burns & The Local Ghosts – Static Year
Jack Name – Magic Touch (Mexican Summer)
Ward Davis – Black Cats and Crows
Josh King – The Shed, SpoonKing
Emily Edrosa – Another Wave Is Coming (Park The Van)
Weezy Ford – All At Once (Field Electric Recordings)
King Hannah – Tell Me Your Mind and I’ll Tell You Mine EP (City Slang)
Huttch – Quick Fix EP
Slight Of – Other People (Dadstache Records) -28th of Aug release, shared the single failed the album release.

And outside of the streaming services, we’ll have at least a new album from Freschard. That’s always something love and cherish.

Moving on to the Finnish stuff. The only album release is the new one from Jerry Lindqvist, but it’s a really good one. As an addition to that there’s a mighty good run of singles from Janne Laurila, Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus, Antero Kaksikäsi, J.Kajan, Mauri Dark, Eerie Deer, Iisa, Ruissalo Amping, Radio Supernova. I was also ready to praise the new Nightbird album, because I thought it was a Friday release. However, it’s actually a 24th of November release, so you can check that out midweek if you want to hear a magnificent Finnish album.

Finally the international should-be hits aka singles. A couple of big album announcements from The Weather Station and Michael Feuerstack. If this blog and world still exists at the end of 2021, you’ll find those from my AOTY 2021 lists. Wonderful songs once again. Other personal favorites like Andy Shauf, Mariel Buckley, Aaron Frazer, Drew Beskin also have fabulous songs this week. Brian Johannesen released two amazing new songs. Duff Thompson is a new one for me, but I’m very fond of his new singles and look forward to hearing the album in December. As usual everything else would also be worthy of a mention, but you’ll find them all from the list below.

I think that is all for this week. Such a lovely week of new releases. Thank you songwriters for keeping me relative sane during these weird times. Love from a distance.

1. J.E. Sunde – Clover (9 songs About Love, Vietnam, 2020)
2. John Calvin Abney – The Contractor (Familiar Ground, Black Mesa Records, 2020)
3. Adam Selzer – Seasonal Stars (Slow Decay, Jealous Butcher Records, 2020)
4. Kacey Johansing – I Try (No Better Time, Night Bloom Records, 2020)
5. The Weather Station – Tried to Tell You (single, Fat Possum Records, 2020)
6. Michael Feuerstack – I Used to Be a Singer (single, Forward Music Group, 2020)
7. Laura Fell – Until Now (Safe From me, Balloon Machine, 2020)
8. Andy Shauf – You Slipped Away (single, Anti, 2020)
9. The Parson Red Heads – Warrior (Lifetime of Comedy, You Are The Cosmos / Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
10. Mariel Buckley – No Surprise (single, Birthday Cake Media, 2020)
11. Brian Johannesen – Corona of Springfield (single, 2020)
12. Duff Thompson – Haywire (single, Mashed Potato Records, 2020)
13. Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams – Arahura (single, New West Records, 2020)
14. Badge Epogue Ensemble – Sing a Silent Gospel (Self Help, Telephone Explosion Records, 2020)
15. Aaron Frazer – If I Got It (Your Love Brought It) (single, Dead Oceans / Easy Eye Sound, 2020)
16. Drew Beskin – The Cut of My Jib (single, Super Canoe, 2020)
17. Steady Holiday – Tangerine (single, 2020)
18. Partner – Couldn’t Forget (Never Give Up, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
19. Janne Laurila – Roskia visiiriin (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
20. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Pohjaan painan pimeän pään (single, Iso Pinkki, 2020)
21. Antero Kaksikäsi – Yödösä (single, Hyvät levyt, 2020)
22. Izaak Opatz – Drunk on a Plane (single, Mama Bird Recording co, 2020)
23. Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – All My Friends are Dancers (Late Night Essentials, 2020)
24. Pat Reedy & The Long Time Goners – Tallest Man in Tennessee (single, 2020)
25. Jerry Lindqvist feat Janne Hyöty – Put This Hope to Rest (Waiting Out the Storm, 2020)
26. Tim Bluhm – Someday We’ll Look Back (Hag Heaven, Blue Rose Music, 2020)
27. Kelsey Waldon – They’ll Never Keep Us Down (They’ll Never Keep Us Down EP, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
28. Lance Howell – Helping Hand (single, 2020)
29. Buck Meek – Pareidolia (single, Keeled Scales, 2020)
30. Elan Noon – Groovy Stranger (Colour Story, 2020)
31. I Am Oak – Field Studies (Odd Seeds Pt1, Snowstar Records, 2020)
32. Eerie Deer – Shift (single, 2020)
33. Brenna Lowrie – Better Late Than Never (Loss Leader EP, 2020)
34. J. Kajan – Syksy (single, 2020)
35. Matthew Ryan – Tyrone (single, 2020)
36. Mauri Dark – Thin Line of Understanding (single, EluccaArts, 2020)
37. Jack Name – Empty Nights (Magic Touch, Mexican Summer, 2020)
38. Champs of the Sun feat Abby Hamilton – Bless Your Heart (single, 2020)
39. Ryan Burns & The Local Ghosts – Maria (Static Year, 2020)
40. Josh Baumann – Texas Dead (A/B Sessions Vol1, Golden Spread Music, 2020)
41. Ward Davis – Colorado (Black Cats and Crows, 2020)
42. Josh King – On My Own (The Shed, SpoonKing, 2020)
43. Melissa Erin – Settle on Down (single, 2020)
44. Abby Johnson – Grow (single, 2020)
45. Emily Edrosa – A New Career (Another Wave Is Coming, Park The Van, 2020)
46. Weezy Ford – Melody in the Making (All At Once, Field Electric Recordings, 2020)
47. King Hannah – The Sea Has Stretch Marks (Tell Me Your Mind and I’ll Tell You Mine EP, City Slang, 2020)
48. Iisa – Valkohai (single, Fullsteam Records, 2020)
49. Ruissalo Amping – Hyvään yöhön (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2020)
50. Radio Supernova – Eroosio (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
51. Crystal Canyon – Turn Blue (single, Repeating Cloud, 2020)
52. Matthew Sweet – Give a Little (single, Omnivore Records, 2020)
53. Huttch – Quick Fix (Quick Fix EP, 2020)
54. Slight Of – Americana (Other People, Dadstache Records, 2020)
55. Jacksonport – Everything But Love (single, 2020)
56. Spencer Burton – Nothing’s Changed (single, Still Records, 2020)
57. M. Ward – You’ve Changed (single, Anti, 2020)
58. Bonny Light Horseman – Clementine (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2020)
59. Terra Spencer – Coyotes (Chasing Rabbits, 2020)
60. Trevor Beld Jimenez – When Your Love Surrounds Me (I Like It Here, Curation Records, 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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