OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #201

Another week, another new music weekly.

Hey look, it’s episode #201. I guess there was never that big of a doubt. Although mid-week I did consider taking a break for a week or two, because it felt like I’ve given all I have for the time being. But then on Friday I saw all kind of cool things like the new Kristiina single and suddenly it felt like there was a reason to keep going. So here we are.

This was a horrible week in the country music world, because we lost a great songwriter and a beautiful soul way too young. Rest in peace Luke Bell and thank you for everything. Luke actually duets with Martha Spencer on a couple of songs on Martha’s brand new album, so I’ll start this week with Martha and Luke singing beautifully together. I would have loved to share that under better circumstances, because the album is a beauty and worth all the love. Another rootsy gem in the beginning is Jack Fister’s album followed with a few power pop treasures from Uni Boys and Mo Troper. Kind of covering both sides of my music listening habits there. The week also gave us new albums from Jake Tittle, Ragland, The Wynntown Marshalls, Jay Gavin (EP) Drayton Farley (EP), Lean Year, Lou Turner, Motel Radio, The Orchids, Ylayali, Ruby Gill, Brittany Collins and Julie Title (this last one is from mid-August).

The Finnish section starts with my favorite song of the week. It’s the first single from Kristiina’s (Tamara Luonto) forthcoming album. Absolutely love this one, which is not surprise because Neiti B by Tamara Luonto is one of my favorite Finnish songs of the year. Can’t wait to hear more from both Kristiina and Tamara Luonto. A couple of big album releases too from Samae Koskinen and Itä-Hollola Installaatio plus singles from KIUSA, Otto Mikkola, AURAL, Evita, Bleak Moments, Knife Girl and Tahtoisin kertoa sinulle tarinan. All great, but I want to highlight the one by KIUSA, because the band hasn’t been on this blog before. Just found them this weekend (thanks Olli) and I really like them. The list also includes two more songs from Ite Eerola’s last week album release, because I still love it madly.

And then the international singles. There’s the double a-side split power pop monster single in the beginning from Weird Nightmare and Ancient Shapes. Later on some of my favorites include the new ones from Todd Farrell Jr, Marina Allen, Mapache, Drew Beskin & The Sunshine, Nathan K, The Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness and The Late Great. Just to name a few and only further spins will tell me what I end up loving the most.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Love from a distance.

1. Martha Spencer feat Luke Bell – Hesitation Blues (Wonderland, Gingham Rose, 2022)
2. Jack Fister – Funeral House Blues (Sweet Riverside Farm Mojo Heart, 2022)
3. Uni Boys – Long Time No See (Do It All Next Week, Curation Records, 2022)
4. Mo Troper – Waste Away (MTV, Lame-O Records, 2022)
5. Weird Nightmare – I Think You Know (single, Sub Pop Records, 2022)
6. Ancient Shapes – Bird With an Iron Head (single, Sub Pop Records, 2022)
7. Jake Tittle – Owen (Blood Offering, Anxiety Blanket Records, 2022)
8. Lou Turner – Empty Tame and Ugly (Microcosmos, Spinster, 2022)
9. Lean Year – The Trouble With Being Warm (Sides, Western Vinyl, 2022)
10. Ragland – I Think I Love You Too Much (Guardian, 2022)
11. Jay Gavin – Therapy (Therapy EP, 2022)
12. Drayton Farley – Dreamer (Walk Home EP, Hargrove Records, 2022)
13. The Wynntown Marshalls – Disappointment (Big Ideas, 2022)
14. Todd Farrell Jr. – Can’t Sit Still (single, 2022)
15. Kristiina – Hai (single, Humu Records / Hillotehdas, 2022)
16. Itä-Hollola Installaatio – Länki (Velipuolet, KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2022)
17. KIUSA – 52 kertaa (single, 2022)
18. Bleak Moments – Sad Country Girl (single, 2022)
19. Otto Mikkola – Ei mul oo varaa rakastuu (single, Harava Records, 2022)
20. Tahtoisin kertoa sinulle tarinan – Järjellä vai tunteella (single, 2022)
21. Samae Koskinen – Marketin rappuset (Viima vei, KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2022)
22. Ite Eerola – Pirkko (On tullut ajateltua kuolemaa ja semmosta, Panama-levyt, 2022)
23. AURAL – Syyskuu (single, 2022)
24. Evita – Kassa (single, Grand Vesuvio, 2022)
25. Knife Girl – Never Let Go (single, Soliti, 2022)
26. With Strangers – A Love That’s Gone (single, Mango Hill Records, 2022)
27. Ironsides – Changing Light (single, Colemine Records, 2022)
28. Mapache – Always It’s You (single, Innovative Leisure, 2022)
29. Motel Radio – Stress (The Garden, Single Lock Records, 2022)
30. Marina Allen – Halfway Home (single, Fire Records, 2022)
31. Nathan K. – Tryin (single, 2022)
32. Drew Beskin & The Sunshine – All Along Your Way (single, Super Canoe, 2022)
33. The Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness – Isolation (single, Bobo Integral, 2022)
34. The Orchids – Echos (Dreaming Kind, Skep Wax Records, 2022)
35. Shannen Moser – Ben (single, Lame-O Records, 2022)
36. A.O. Gerber – For (single, Hand in Hive & Father / Daughter, 2022)
37. Ylayali – He Needs Me (Separation, Dear Life Records, 2022)
38. Via Mardot – Portal (single, 2022)
39. Plains – Abilene (single, Anti, 2022)
40. Dana Gavanski – Strangers (single, Full Time Hobby, 2022)
41. Ruby Gill – Dirty Work (I’m Gonna Die With This Frown on my Face, 2022)
42. Annie Dressner – I’ve Always Been Like This (single, 2022)
43. Quinn Cicala – Arkansas (single, 2022)
44. Gilded Lows – Last Call (single, Perpetual Doom, 2022)
45. Nathan Xander – Tide Rolls Back (single, 2022)
46. Rayland Baxter – If I Were a Butterfly (single, ATO Records, 2022)
47. Kim Ware & The Good Graces – Palisade Peaches (single, Fort Lowell Records, 2022)
48. Hayes Carll – Happy Hour (single, Dualtone, 2022)
49. The Late Great – Absolutely Losers (single, Safe & Sound Recordings, 2022)
50. Amy Ray – Joy Train (single, Daemon Records, 2022)
51. Gabe Lee – Rusty (single, Torrez Music Group, 2022)
52. Matthew Check feat Miss Tess – The Way That You Are (single, 2022)
53. Brittany Collins – Two Worlds (Things I Tell My Therapist, Pacific Northwest Records, 2022)
54. Julie Title – A Wreath to Lay (After the Sun, Beatroot, 2022)
55. Angela Perley -Star Dreamer (single, 2022)
56. Riley Catherall – Bark at the Moon (single, Compass Brothers Records, 2022)
57. Deer Tick – Cake and Eggs (single, Partisan Records, 2022)
58. Kyle Hamlett Duo – ZZZ (Tape Diamonds, Arrowhawk Records, 2022)
59. The Secret Beach – The Last Time We Love (Songs from the Secret Beach, Victory Pool, 2022)
60. Ite Eerola – Laulu ystäville (On tullut ajateltua kuolemaa ja semmosta, Panama-levyt, 2022)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

Playlist Archive on Tidal

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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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