Baby Sweetcorn, Wojtek the Bear, Astral Brain and Treemer

Another quick round of music things I love. This Euro tour starts from Pori, Finland with a song from the new Baby Sweetcorn album He Laughs He Learns He Loves. They did some cupboard cleaning and recorded a bunch of great songs that had been gathering dust for reasons that remain a mystery. The reason sure wasn’t the quality of the songs, because there’s a lot of wonderful material on this album. My early favorite has been this one called Thousand Yard Stare, but do check out the whole thing by hitting the links on the bandcamp player. He Laughs He Learns He Loves came out digitally on Way Beyondo Records on the 15th of November. If you want it on vinyl, pre-order it here. The vinyl will not be sold afterwards.

Baby Sweetcorn at Facebook

Next we travel to Scotland and more precisely Glasgow. Wojtek the Bear still reminds me a lot of great former Finnish indie band Sister Flo, which is not a bad thing because I loved Sister Flo. This time they are channeling their inner Nigel Mansell on this gorgeous new single/video Some States that came out Scottish Fiction on the 22nd of November. Their 2019 singles are also now available as a limited edition vinyl called Old Names for New Shapes.

Wojtek the Bear at Facebook

On our way back home we meet up with Astral Brain in Sweden, Stockholm. This new band by Einar Ekström (Le Futur Pompiste) and Siri af Burén released their latest single Five Thousand Miles on the 6th of November. This is again pure indie gold just like the debut single.

Astral Brain at Facebook

Final destination on this roundabout is just a boat trip away in Helsinki, Finland. This is a most pleasant surprise return from the lovely people who once played in such Finnish indie legends like The Pansies. Their new band is called Treemer and they just released their debut EP Meeting on the 15th of November. So if you like some beautiful guitar pop with noisy hypnotic guitars and shoegazy vibes, check out the debut single The Great Void below and the whole EP on the streaming platforms.

Treemer at Facebook

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Iron Country Sisters, Erin Enderlin, Sarah Lee Langford and Kassi Valazza

A couple of these quick round up posts and then finally moving on to the EOTY lists. Not that I’m ever able to catch up, because I kinda missed a couple of months. Tonight this starts from Helsinki, Finland with some of the finest Finnish roots music. The long-awaited debut from Iron Country Sisters came out on the 27th of September on Soit Se Silti and it’s a great americana album with strong songwriting and exceptional singing. Iron Country Sisters is a roots trio of three actual sisters who share the lead vocal duties and back each other with stunningly beautiful harmonies. Here’s my new favorite Riverside along with the older favorite Go Slow. Both can be found from their new album The Blue Hidden In.

Iron Country Sisters Website
Iron Country Sisters at Facebook

Moving across the ocean to Nashville, Tennessee to hear a song from one of the best country albums of the year. Songwriter Erin Enderlin first released 4 EP chapters and then wrapped them together. The end result is an album called Faulkner County and it came out on the 1st of November. It’s a remarkable collection of beautiful country tearjerkers. I posted the videos for I Can Be Your Whiskey and Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn before, so let’s go with another brilliant song Broken on this little blog post. Such a heartrending song.

Erin Enderlin at Facebook
Erin Enderlin Website

A small trip down south to Birmingham, Alabama. The new Sarah Lee Langford album Two Hearted Rounder has also been in heavy rotation in this household. It came out on Cornelius Chapel Records on the 8th of November and is filled with excellent songwriting. Here’s a couple of personal favorites. A music video for the powerful song Big Women and another album outtake Watch Me. Hit the links on the bandcamp player to hear/buy the whole record.

Wrapping this night’s round up in Portland, Oregon with a revisit to Kassi Valazza’s album Dear Dead Days. There’s a couple of good reasons for this a) I still love it to bits and it’s one of my favorites of the whole year b) Amy Leona Havin directed a video for album cut A Fine Colour and it just surfaced a couple of days ago. I highly recommend checking out the whole thing, because this is a damn impressive record. Country, psych and Hazlewood and so forth.

Kassi Valazza at Facebook

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Kielo Kärkkäinen, Hulda Huima, Tvärtom and Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly

Tonight’s round up is a quick Finnish music video post. Starting from Tampere with a song from the new Kielo Kärkkäinen album Keitä me olemme. It came out on the 6th of September on Texicalli Records and therefore got a little bit buried under the 18 year anniversary festival stuff. However, it’s one that I’ve been returning to all fall long and I love it to bits. This is Laulun Aika from one of my favourite Finnish albums of the year.

Kielo Kärkkäinen Website
Kielo Kärkkäinen at Facebook

Actually these could all be filed under that finest Finnish music of the year category. Next we have a song from the latest Hulda Huima album Maa that came out on the 16th of August should-be legendary Helmi Levyt. Jalat laahaa tätä maata is the brightest diamond of the record and Liina Kuittinen made this great music video for this particular song.

Hulda Huima at Facebook

One of my latest obsessions is this next song/video from the self-titled EP from Tvärtom. Iltariennot is such a perfect indie pop song and this music video by Virpi Stjerna is a perfect companion to the song. And because I have a masters degree in self doubt, this song also resonates within me rather deeply. In fact, I might be this song. Plus there’s a cat on the cover of their self-titled EP. So what’s not to love. Hit the links on the bandcamp player to hear/buy whole EP.

Tvartöm at Facebook

Wrapping tonight’s round-up with something completely different, but equally brilliant. I fell in love with the music of Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly last summer at Ilmiö Festivaali. I knew Pekko Käppi and Ville Rauhala and how awesome musicians they are and that’s why I went to see them despite having some doubts. I had a silly assumption that this might not be for me, because quite frankly I haven’t spent a lot of time listening to etno music. Maybe I even had some prejudiced barrier, but if I did, that damn thing fell down the minute they started playing and I ended up loving every second of the show. Easily one of the best concerts I’ve seen this year. Their new album Hämeen lauluja came out on the 2nd of September on Kihtinäjärvi Records and it opens with this gorgeous earworm Killiäinen Lemmenlintu that gets blissfully stuck in your heart for a long time. Oh and there’s also a new Pekko Käppi album coming out this week on Helmi Levyt, but let’s get to that one some other time.

Anne-Mari Kivimäki Website
Anne-Mari Kivimäki at Facebook

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The New Magnetic North and Verões

Today sees the release of two excellent Finnish albums. First up is the Helsinki-based The New Magnetic North and their debut album Letters On the Floor. The core group of Pyry Suomala, Maria Pääkkönen, Mikael Tiittanen comes from the now disbanded Skip Zone, so if you got high marks on your Finnish americana exam, there’s a good chance you’ve already spent a while in the comfort of their songs. At first this was actually supposed to be just a project for the songwriter Pyry Suomala, but eventually one thing led to another and The New Magnetic North became a full six-piece band. The debut Letters on the Floor is a damn fine alternative country album with a fair share of pop melodies and beautiful harmonies. Here’s the gorgeous album opener and title track + another deep album cut Sky Hangs Loose. The latter one features Ninni Poijärvi on violin. Listen to / buy the whole beautiful album on their Bandcamp.

The New Magnetic North at Facebook

Next we have the Finnish indie songbook as presented by verões aka Petri Nakari. The self-titled verões album contains new versions of songs by (should be) indie legends ultrasport, Sister Flo, The Rollstons, Harry Hunks, Laidun and TV-Resistori. Onechordnet veterans are probably well aware of these lovely bands, because back in the day they all were a big part of the foundation of this little website. Therefore it’s definitely no wonder that I love to hear these beautifully re-imagined versions of these songs that are blissfully stuck in my heart for as long as I breathe. Here’s
verões giving a new leash of life to You Are Evil (originally by ultrasport) and Balloons (originally by The Rollstons). Listen to / buy the whole lovely album on his Bandcamp.

verões at Bandcamp

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