Carla Geneve, Black Sea Dahu, Joan Shelley and Lauren O’Connell

I’ve been busy on planning the anniversary festival, but a small break in the arms of songs that mean the world to me. Tonight this story begins from Perth, Australia with the self-titled Carla Geneve EP that came out on the 7th of June on Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. I’m especially fond of the last song I Hate You (For Making Me Not Want To Leave The City), but it’s all great and powerful.

Carla Geneve at Facebook

Moving on to Zurich, Switzerland for the new Black Sea Dahu single Thaw. They are probably my biggest music crush at the moment and I find myself listening every new song on repeat for a long time. I don’t know how these melodies always become a part of who I am. Their new EP No Fire in the Sand is due out on the 27th of September on Mouthwatering Records. Both this new one and the first single How You Swallowed Your Anger are pure gold and I can’t wait to hear the rest.

Black Sea Dahu Website

Traveling across the sea to Louisville, Kentucky to meet up with Joan Shelley (and hopefully Dwight too). She has a new album Like The River Loves The Sea coming out on the 30th of August on No Quarter. She is an exceptional folk songwriter and this album is going to be a beautiful treasure. Here’s the latest single Cycle (with gorgeous artwork and animation by Douglas Miller).

Joan Shelley Website

And the last station on this little blog entry is Oakland, CA. This is also a small step back to 2018, because Shimmering Silver is an outtake from Lauren O’Connell’s brilliant 2018 album Details. There’s a couple of good reasons to revisit the album 1) I still love it passionately 2) Marta Dymek directed a wonderful music video for this wonderful song.

Lauren O’Connell Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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Roseanne Reid, Iain Micah Weigert, Kate Vargas and Lily Dabbs

Hey look, another round up posts of songs and albums that I happen to love. Other vacation things to do today, but there’s time for one quick blog post. We shall begin from Edinburgh, Scotland with Roseanne Reid’s debut full-length Trails. This beautiful album came out out Last Man Music on the 5th of April. Teddy Thompson produced and Steve Earle makes a guest appearance, but Roseanne Reid and her captivating folk and country songs are the real star here. Here’s two gorgeous outtakes from the album, a music video for Amy and the first single I Love Her So. You’ll need to hear the whole album though (Levi is probably my biggest favorite, but these were easier to embed to a blog post).

Roseanne Reid Website

Next up is Iain Micah Weigert from Nashville, Tennessee and his 2019 album Dust to Mud that came out on the 24th of February. The highlight is the beautiful duet Wishful Drinking with Caitlin Anne Webster, but everything else works too. Here’s an early Nightingale Rodeo video of the same song and another excellent album cut. As usual, listen to/buy the whole album by hitting those links in the bandcamp player.

Iain Micah Weigert Website

Moving on to New York and getting ready to gently sway with the latest Kate Vargas single Nothing Turns My Lock. She is exploring old-fashioned jazzy horizons on this marvellous new single and it works perfectly. Here’s a gorgeous live in studio video of Nothing Turns My Lock. Filmed by Rob Dezendorf in Dubway Studios in NYC.

Kate Vargas Website

Last destination on this tour is Athens, Georgia and a new album from Lily Dabbs. I don’t know anything about her, but I really like this self-titled record that came out on the 25th of July. I just found it because I always go through new americana releases on bandcamp and listen to them (if I like the cover art). Her beautiful timeless voice instantly grabbed my attention and soon I discovered she was also able to write really good songs. Here’s one of them called Nowhere Road.

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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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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