OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #147

Another week, another new music weekly.

The album of the week is the new Mercy Bell album. All advance singles were great and I’m really loving this whole thing too after just a couple of spins. Other big album releases came from Leah Blevins, wor_kspace (EP, Finlay Macdonald is behind this), Andrea Von Kampen, Fenne Lily (EP, acoustic versions), Christian Lee Hutson (cover EP), Liam Kazar, Gary Hector, Jeffrey Alexander and The Heavy Lidders, Kississippi, Laura Stevenson, Summersets (EP). Oh yeah and out of spotify, there’s some big ones too like the new Marie/Lepanto album on Bandcamp. Lots of other exclusive goodies too, because it was Bandcamp Friday yesterday. Always feel questionable to make a spotify playlist after a Bandcamp day.

Only a couple of Finnish cuts, but quality is super high. There’s singles from Astrid Swan and Liljankukka. There was a new Kynnet song too, but it vanished somewhere. Maybe some hiccup with the release date and it become available sooner than it was supposed to be.

The song of the week is Jimi & Stan by Strand of Oaks. The song is great and the background story hits hard, because we lost our dear Luna earlier in the year for the same the reason that he lost his cat Stan. I quote him so I don’t mess up the story “In my grief I tried to imagine a Heaven that Stan so rightfully deserved. And that Heaven is Stan hanging out with Jimi Hendrix going to shows and having a warm spot to look at the galaxy. I wanted the song to be a joyous sendoff for my sweetest buddy”.

Another big one is the new song and album announcement from Charlotte Cornfield. I’m also very fond of the new songs by Adia Victoria, BAJA, Aimee Mann, Summer Dean, Elijah Ocean, Charley Crockett, Icarus Phoenix, Christo Graham and James McMurtry. Again just to name a few. You’ll find all the treasures from the list below.

That’s all for now. Love from a distance.

1. Strand of Oaks – Jimi & Stan (single, Galacticana Records, 2021)
2. Mercy Bell – Codeine (Golden Child, Bell Records, 2021)
3. Leah Blevins – Mountains (First Time Feeling, Crabtree Records, 2021)
4. Adia Victoria – Magnolia Blues (single, Atlantic, 2021)
5. Astrid Swan – Not Your Mom (single, Soliti, 2021)
6. Charlotte Cornfield – Headlines (single, Polyvinyl / Double Double Whammy, 2021)
7. BAJA – Fears (single, 2021)
8. wor_kspace – song (ext_ended play EP, Glass Modern, 2021)
9. Liam Kazar feat Andrew Sa – No Time For Eternity (Due North, Woodsist / Mare, 2021)
10. Liljankukka – Hankoniemellä (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2021)
11. Christian Lee Hutson feat Fenne Lily – There She Goes (Version Suicides vol 3 EP, Anti, 2021)
12. Fenne Lily – I Used to Hate My Body, Now I Just Hate You -acoustic (Breech Acoustic EP, Dead Oceans, 2021)
13. Andrea Von Kampen – Take Back Thy Gift (That Spell, Fantasy Records, 2021)
14. Aimee Mann – Suicide is Murder (single, SuperEgo Records, 2021)
15. Reb Fountain – Lacuna (single, 2021)
16. Icarus Phoenix feat Josaleigh Pollett – Anthem (single, 2021)
17. Christo Graham – Front Porch (single, We Are Busy Bodies, 2021)
18. James McMurtry – What’s the Matter (single, New West Records, 2021)
19. Summer Dean – Picket Fence (single, 2021)
20. Elijah Ocean – Born Blue (single, 2021)
21. Charley Crockett – Round This World (single, Son of Davy, 2021)
22. Wino-Strut & Friends – It’s Summertime Baby and I’m Going to Love You Forever (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
23. Gary Hector – Searching for Jimmy Crime (National Trash, 2021)
24. Justin Wells – Dogs -acoustic (single, August Music, 2021)
25. The Roseline – Paper Plane (single, 2021)
26. Darrin Bradbury – Busted World (single, Anti, 2021)
27. Jeffrey Alexander and The Heavy Lidders – Dark Ships in the Forest (S/T, Arrowhawk Records, 2021)
28. Erin Rae & The Spacebomb Houseband – Back In Baby’s Arms (single, Spacebomb, 2021)
29. Laura Stevenson – Sky Blue, Bad News (Laura Stevenson, Don Giovanni Records, 2021)
30. Shannon & The Clams – All of My Cryin (single, Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
31. Early James – Tumbleweed (single, Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
32. Lincoln Barr – Dogsbody (single, 2021)
33. Kyle Cox – Halfway Down the Stairs (single, 2021)
34. Dolour – Cheer Up Baby (Origin Story vol.2, 2021)
35. Guided By Voices – My (Limited) Engagement (single, GBV inc, 2021)
36. The Smallgoods – On With the Show (single, Lost and Lonesome Recording Co, 2021)
37. Motorists – Vainglorious (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
38. Lunar Vacation – Mold (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
39. Noah Chenfeld – Song for Ono (single, 2021)
40. Hand Habits – Aquamarine (single, Saddle Creek, 2021)
41. Kississippi – Dreams With You (Mood Ring, Triple Crown, 20219
42. Dori Freeman – I Am (single, Blue Hens Music, 2021)
43. Taylor Rae – Home on the Road (single, 2021)
44. Ana Egge – Heartbroken Kind (single, StorySounds, 2021)
45. Ismay – Snow Country Girl (single, 2021)
46. Maya Elise – Count On Me Too (single, 2021)
47. Summersets – Reciters (Small Town Sunday EP, 2021)
48. Matthew Milia – Inherited Cars (Keego Harbor, Sitcom Universe, 2021)
49. Cecilia James – Malibu (Different Ground EP, Cowgirl Boot Girl Records, 2021)
50. Tobacco City – Half In the Bag (Tobacco City, USA, Scissor Tail Records, 2021)
51. Jeremy Squires – Dream Walking (Unravel, Blackbird Record Label, 2021)
52. Jesse Daniel – Gray (Beyond These Walls, Die True Records, 2021)
53. Ryan Curtis – Detroit Blues (Rust Belt Broken Heart, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
54. An American Forrest – Willy Moore (Gleaner’s Joy, 2021)
55. Charlie Parr – Rain (Last of the Better Days Ahead, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 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. If you want to find the older ones I’ve moved them to the weekly playlist archive. So hit that link above and I’m sure you’ll find this playlist too.

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