Adrianne Lenker, The Other Years and Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover

Continuing with these round-up posts. I’m not entirely sure are these kind of posts any good for anybody, but at the moment I just don’t have the time or energy to write long posts. Maybe these are better than nothing. If not, just shout STOP and I’ll think it over again.

Last Friday, the 5th of October was a pretty special release date. The new solo album from Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker was one particular highlight. Abysskiss came out on Saddle Creek and it’s a mesmerizing and enchantingly beautiful collection of songs. Shines as brightly as the Big Thief albums and stays with you long after the last note has drifted away from the speakers.

Adrianne Lenker Website

The Other Years are Anna Krippenstapel and Heather Summers from Louisville, Kentucky and their self-titled debut album came out on the same day on No Quarter. This is such a strong debut filled with beautiful lead vocals, surrounded by the loveliest of harmonies and accompanied by fiddle, banjo and guitar. The whole album is a treasure, but I’m especially fond of this remarkable song Talkeetna. I can listen to it on repeat for an hour or two. Such a beautiful song.

The Other Years at Facebook

Last but not least, we have an EP of the year contender. Two singer-songwriters Haley Heynderickx (Portland, Oregon) and Max García Conover (Portland, Maine) traveled to Spain and spent seven days in a farm among the horses and wrote and recorded a six-song EP during their stay. This approach seemed to fit them perfectly, because the end result Among The Horses III EP is tremendous. It definitely inspires me to look deeper into the work of Max Garcia Conover, because before this I was only vaguely familiar. I was already fully aware of the undeniable greatness of Haley Heynderickx, but somehow she still has the ability to leave me astounded. All of her songs on this little record are again quietly phenomenal and match the sky high level of her earlier 2018 full-length album I Need to Start A Garden. Here’s my early personal favorite from the new EP, but you need to hear/buy the whole beautiful EP. You can follow the links on that player to Son Canciones Bandcamp.

Haley Heynderickx Website
Max Garcia Conover Website

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John R. Miller & the Engine Lights, William Matheny and Nickel & Rose

Another one of those round-up type posts, because it’s a continuous struggle to find the time to feature all the great music that is being released. This time I shall begin from West Virginia where John R. Miller & The Engine Lights gave birth to one of my favorite albums of the past few months. I was a big Fox Hunt fan some years ago and have tried to follow the guys who sang their way into my heart back then. John R. Miller is one of them and his new album with The Engine Lights is equally magnificent. The Trouble You Follow came out on Emperor Records on the 31st of August and it’s a first-rate country folk album about leaving and being left and the struggles that it all brings. Here’s the first single Red Eyes from the album.

John R Miller Website

Next up is fellow West Virginian, friend and bandmate William Matheny who has a gorgeous new seven inch single Flashes & Cables b/w Christian Name out on Misra Records. Flashes & Cables is a loving rendition of a Centro-Matic song and Christian Name is a new William Matheny original. Max Nolte directed a music video for Christian Name. Watch that below and order a copy of the seven inch from his website.

William Matheny Website

Last stop this time around is Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the new Nickel & Rose EP Americana. Nickel & Rose is a folk/americana duo of Carl Nichols (guitar) and Johanna Rose (upright bass) and together they have created a very powerful and meaningful EP. The title track is important and awakening song about Carl’s personal experience as a black artist and being an outsider within Americana. The whole thing is just as good and I have to include Hard Day’s Work as well, because I love the song.

Nickel & Rose Website

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #12

Another week and another weekly playlist.

What an amazing week of new music week once again. I could make a pretty damn good year-end top 10 just by using the albums that came out this week. Vanessa Peters (not on Finnish spotify, so not on the playlist), Philippe Bronchtein, Adrianne Lenker, The Other Years, JP Harris, Cat Power, Nathan Bowles, Will Hoge, Swearin’, Ancient Shapes, Sylvia Rose Novak, Sharesprings, Martha L. Healy etc. Pretty insane stuff. And I haven’t even touched the surface of some bigger album releases like Phosphorescent, Gregory Alan Isakov and Jim James. Plus all the stuff that I’m not even aware of at all.

Among Horses III EP by Haley Heynderickx and Max Garcia Conover is incredible. The biggest and most powerful single for me was the new Julia Jacklin song that starts the playlist. Lots of other magnificent ones from the likes of Mandolin Orange, Comet Gain, Laura Gibson and Bedouine.

Some Finnish stuff too. A new solo album from Jussi Petäjä and new singles from Klasu and Liljankukka. Also another song from Lac Belot, the writer of the finest Finnish album of the year so far.

Again some of last week’s finest albums appear with another should be hit on the last third of the list: St. Lenox, Jerry David DeCicca, The Pollies, William Matheny, Ural Thomas & The Pain, The Herbert Bail Orchestra.

Ok, I think that’s all for now. I’m sure I forgot something, because this was a bit more rushed effort than normally. I’ve had a minor hockey overdose going on, because the NHL season began and I’ve spent most of my spare time watching hockey. However, I still think this list turned out great and contains magical and endearingly beautiful music. Of course that has absolutely nothing to do with your ”curator” and everything to do with the extraordinary music that came out this week. Just the first five songs for example. Oh my. Perfect on all accounts.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #12

1. Julia Jacklin – Body (single, Transgressive Records / Polyvinyl Records, 2018)
2. Adrianne Lenker – what can you say (abysskiss, Saddle Creek, 2018)
3. Philippe Bronchtein – I’m a Runner (Me and the Moon, 2018)
4. Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover – The Park (Among Horses III, Son Canciones, 2018)
5. The Other Years – Talkeetna (The Other Years, No Quarter, 2018)
6. Adeline Hotel – Lightning (single, Ruination Record Co, 2018)
7. Laura Gibson – Domestication (single, City Slang, 2018)
8. Cat Power – In Your Face (Wanderer, Domino Recording Co, 2018)
9. JP Harris – Long Ways Back (Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing, Free Dirt Records, 2018)
10. Will Hoge – Still a Southern Man (My American Dream, EDLO Records, 2018)
11. Nathan Bowles – Fresh & Fairly So (Plainly Mistaken, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
12. Petäjä – Fading (40950, Pinetree Music, 2018)
13. Klasu – Kultaakin kalliimpaa (single, Soit se silti, 2018)
14. Liljankukka – 22 vuotta sitten (single, Karhuvaltion Records, 2018)
15. Swearin’ – Big Change (Fall Into Sun, Merge Records, 2018)
16. Ancient Shapes – Wabash Wrecking Ball (Silent Rave, You’ve Changed Records, 2018)
17. Comet Gain – I Was More of a Mess Then (single, Tapete Records, 2018)
18. Sharesprings – Pocketguides (Paraparlor, Jigsaw Records, 2018)
19. Mandolin Orange – Time We Made Time (single, Yep Roc, 2018)
20. Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers – Across a Crowded Room (Pay Pack and Carry, 2018)
21. Martha L. Healy – No Place Like A Home (Keep the Flame Alight, 2018)
22. Sylvia Rose Novak – Devil’s in the Details (Someone Else’s War, Due South Records, 2018)
23. William Matheny – Flashes and Cables (single, Misra Records, 2018)
24. The Pollies – Love’s to Fault (Transmissions, This Is American Music, 2018)
25. Jerry David DeCicca – Burning Daylight (Burning Daylight, Super Secret Records, 2018)
26. The Herbert Bail Orchestra – Headed North Again (History’s Made At Night, 2018)
27. St. Lenox – Apparently (Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love, Anyway Records, 2018)
28. Ural Thomas & The Pain – Vibrations (The Right Time, Tender Loving Empire, 2018)
29. Bedouine – Come Down In Time (single, Spacebomb Records, 2018)
30. Lac Belot – Abracadabra (ABRACADABRA! Solina Records, 2018)

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.

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.

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Ural Thomas & The Pain, Ben Pirani, The Sha La Das & Black Pumas

A small soulful blog entry inspired by Ural Thomas and The Pain. I have lot of interest in soul music even though I rarely feature it on these pages, because I don’t have the time or the knowledge to dig deeper into it. My knowledge of new soul music is pretty much just checking every week that whether my trusted go-to labels Colemine Records and Daptone Records have released something new.

Ural Thomas & The Pain is on neither of those labels, but the making of those weekly playlist led me into the comforting arms of their album The Right Time that came out on Tender Loving Empire on the 28th of September. Ural Thomas is a Portland soul legend that has performed with James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder. Ural released a live album and some singles in the sixties and seventies, but this new album is still, in many respects, his debut full-length. What a remarkable album it is. It’s beautiful, smooth and moves your body and your soul. Here’s a couple of great ones for a taste, but you should listen/buy whole lovely album.

Ural Thomas & The Pain

Next up is the latest from the vaults of Colemine Records. Ben Pirani’s album How Do I Talk To My Brother? came out on the 21st of September and it’s another magical soul gem. Ben Pirani has created some deep, beautiful and captivating soul songs. Absolutely love the vocals and the harmonies on this one and it’s so easy to get lost in these warm and mesmerizing sounds. Maybe even so that a song like Dreamin’s For Free hit me extra hard when I started paying attention to the words. The contrast between the sweetest of sounds and the heaviest of thoughts. It’s a good way to get the message through.

Ben Pirani Website

One from the Daptone family as well. This album Love In The Wind by The Sha La Das is a real family effort too. Bill Schalda and his three sons singing together in perfect harmony. This sweet soul and doo wop combination will keep the summer in your heart even during these dark fall nights. This is my early favorite Just For A Minute.

The Sha La Das Website

Last but definitely not least, one slightly older song from Black Pumas. This song Black Moon Rising has been on that best of 2018 playlist since its release in March 2018, but I don’t think I have shared it on the blog. Black Pumas are a psychedelic soul group formed by Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada and this is debut single is out on Karma Chief/Colemine Records. I can’t wait to hear the full-length album.

Black Pumas Website

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Gladie – 20/20 (song)

20/20 by Gladie is one of my absolute favorite songs of the year. I found it a couple of months ago thanks to the great The Grey Estates blog, bought a download and I’ve been spinning it frequently ever since. Gladie is a Philadephia-based indie rock band/duo formed by Augusta Koch and Matt Schimelfenig and 20/20 is the opening track of their Everyone Is Talking But You EP that came out 16th of May. The whole EP is really good, but this particular song is just insanely powerful and listening to it gives me energy and encouragement. It’s a good partner to have, if the everyday life starts to resemble an overwhelming chaos. Everything feels somehow manageable with this song on my side.

Gladie at Facebook

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