OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #115

Another week, another new music weekly.

A super slow release week due to thanksgiving week I presume. Plus we are approaching Christmas and AOTY time, so release schedule starts to slow down in general too. Anyway, therefore there’s a bit more reappearances from the past week than normally.

I’ll start with the Finnish ones this week, because there’s a really important one from Fenno-Swedish songwriter Nightbird. A pretty world class stuff, if you ask me. So if you didn’t get enough new American folk and blues albums this week, give a spin to Travelin’ Baby. It’s a treasure. Other Finnish beauties on the list and my radar this week are an album from Hot Heros feat Iro Haarla, EP from Tiiu Helinä and singles from J.Kajan, Markus Perttula, Sepikka and Joni Ekman. The playlist also includes Jere Valkonen album from a week ago and revisits Antero Kaksikäsi single from the past week.

Not a whole lot on the international albums and EPs front, but a few beauties for sure. A new album from folk singer-songwriter Richard Allen was a lovely surprise. I loved his In the Front Room album in 2014 and this new one sounds gorgeous on quick listen. I can’t wait to give a more thorough spin soon. Probably all songs from Grace Gillespie’s new EP have been on this playlist during the past year. That is now out too. We also have a surprise album from Scott H. Biram, Max Bien Kahn’s stay at home demos plus Emily Barker has a new EP with three versions of Machine. Nick Dittmeier released an extended version of his 2019 EP. I also included wino-strut & friends. I mentioned it on the release week a few weeks back, but it wasn’t on Spotify back then. It is now, so I included it on the playlist this time. Luluc album came out in October, but I missed that at the time completely.

And finally the international singles. There’s a new one from long time favorite Matt Paxton. That matters every time. Never heard of Clara Mann before today, but her single destroyed me in a good way. Amazing song and can’t wait to hear more songs. Desolation Horse is another new one that hit a home run. There’s an album coming out in December on American Standard Time. Little Mazarn, Vilma Flood and Aaron Lee Tasjan released great new songs. Jacob Faurholt covered Sparklehorse and if you are looking for first class pop songs, check out the new track from The Boys of Perpetual Nervousness. As usual, everything is worthy of a namedrop, but you’ll find them from the list below. Oh yeah and there’s already been a ton of gorgeous Christmas singles and albums. I don’t want to put them on the weekly playlist so early on and therefore I made another playlist for the yuletunes. Otherwise I’ll forget them before I even want to listen to them. If you are already on the festive mood, you’ll find that playlist here.

I think that it is for this week. Thank you again for following this little blog. It matters. You matter. Love from a distance.

1. Nightbird – Good One (Travelin’ Baby, Ella Ruth Institutet, 2020)
2. Richard Allen – All he Decisions (Locust Tree Lane, 2020)
3. Grace Gillespie – Song for Nick Drake (After the Harvest Moon EP, Kaleidoscope, 2020)
4. Matt Paxton – Dance Me Home (single, 2020)
5. Clara Mann – I Didn’t Know You Were Leaving Today (single, Sad Club Records, 2020)
6. Max Bien Kahn – Sunrise (Stay at Home Demos, 2020)
7. Desolation Horse – Heavy Rain (single, American Standard Time Records, 2020)
8. Scott H. Biram – Can’t Stay Long (Fever Dreams, Bloodshot Records, 2020)
9. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Sunday Women (single, New West Records, 2020)
10. The Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness – Falling Through (single, Bobo Integral, 2020)
11. Mike Viola – We May Never Be This Young Again (single, Grand Phony Music, 2020)
12. Vilma Flood – Chest (single, Startracks, 2020)
13. Emily Barker – Machine – Alternative Version (Machine EP, Everyone Sang, 2020)
14. wino-strut & Friends – My Whole Heart is Blue (Bloodsicle, American Standard Time Records, 2020)
15. Nick Dittmeier – Take it Slow (live) (Companion Extended Edition, Lost Crossroads Music, 2019/2020)
16. Jacob Faurholt – Heart of Darkness (single, Raw Onion Records, 2020)
17. Little Mazarn – Story of an Artist (single, 2020)
18. J. Kajan – Pihlajapuu (single, 2020)
19. Markus Perttula – Syksy (kevät kuolemalle) (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
20. Sepikka – Muistan sen kesän (single, M.dulor, 2020)
21. Jere Valkonen – Johannes (Jere Valkonen LP, Eclipse Music, 2020)
22. Tiiu Helinä – Pimeys (Vähinä EP, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
23. Hot Heros feat Iro Haarla – Karhuntanssi (Vodjanoi, 2020)
24. Joni Ekman – Suudellaan (single, Lempi & Sylvi Discs, 2020)
25. Antero Kaksikäsi – Viskiä mukissa (single, Hyvät levyt, 2020)
26. Jeremy Andrew – Play the Tennessee Waltz (single, Iso Pinkki, 2020)
27. Hamilton Boyce – Joey the Junkie Cowboy (single, 2020)
28. Brian Johannesen – Turkey River (single, 2020)
29. John Calvin Abney – Evening Tide (Familiar Ground, Black Mesa Records, 2020)
30. Ole Kirkeng – Double Shift (single, Die With Your Boots On Records, 2020)
31. The Parson Red Heads – All I Wanted (Lifetime of Comedy, You Are the Cosmos / Fluff and Gravy Records, 2020)
32. Cat Popper – Maybe It’s All Right (single, Velvet Elk Records, 2020)
33. Moira Demorest – Car Ride (single, 2020)
34. Yee & O’Brien – Boat Race (single, 2020)
35. Adam Selzer – Mystified by Goodbye (Slow Decay, Jealous Butcher Records, 2020)
36. Luluc – All the Pretty Scenery (Dreamboat, Sun Chaser Records, 2020)
37. Kacey Johansing – Let Me Walk Right In (No Better Time, Night Bloom Records, 2020)
38. Laura Fell – I Didn’t Mean To (Safe From Me, Balloon Machine, 2020)
39. Elan Noon – I Wanna Be Your Everything (Colour Story, 2020)
40. J.E. Sunde – We Live in Each Other’s Dreams (9 Songs About Love, Vietnam 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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