OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #88

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Here we are again with the weekly round up of new releases. Maybe slightly slow release week on the album front, but still plenty to love and cherish. I quite rarely put reissues on the playlist, but I’ll make an exception for Julie Arsenault. I love her music and hopefully more people will find her songs thanks to this extended edition of The Creature that I Call Myself that was released by Son Canciones.

As for completely new albums, the big ones for me are the new ones from Woods and A.O.Gerber. The week also gave us new albums from Rod Smoth, Steve Earle, Jarrod Dickenson, Audrey and Hugh, Darren Hayman, RG Lowe, Katie Von Schleicher, Jordan Klassen, Tessy Lou Williams and Fretland. The album by Thomas Hine is some weeks old, but it’s on this playlist for the first time.

The lone Finnish album here is the new LOVE SPORT album. As an addition to that there’s awesome new singles from Lone Deer Laredo, Sam Shingler, Rohkeat Kuvat, Jukka Ruottinen, White Jackets and Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat.

And finally the international singles. There was a couple of big announcements. There’s a new posthumous album coming from Jason Molina. One of the all-time greats in my books. The other big deal is that Kathleen Edwards returned with a new single. Some other single favorites came from Jenny O, Phoebe Bridgers and Kyle Nix, but as usual everything is a worthy of a mention.

That’s it for this week. As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing those round up posts to catch up with the stuff that I failed to post during my eight week long illness. Outside the playlist I mean, but I think it’s worthy because not every follows the playlist and I don’t want this to become just a playlist. All the best to everyone. Love from a distance.

1. Julie Arsenault – Island Girl (Creature that I Call Myself Extended, Son Canciones, 2020)
2. Woods – Be There Still (Strange to Explain, Woodsist, 2020)
3. A.O. Gerber – Full Bloom (Another Place to Need, Hand In Hive, 2020)
4. Jenny O – Even If I Tried (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
5. Phoebe Bridgers – I See You (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
6. Darren Hayman – I Am the Noise (Home Time, Fika Recordings, 2020)
7. Jason Molina – Shadow Answers the Wall (single, Secretly Canadian, 2020)
8. Rod Smoth – Pocket Mirror (Rod Smoth, Future Loves Records, 2020)
9. Kyle Nix – Blue Eyes (single, Soundly, 2020)
10. Lone Deer Laredo – High Noon (single, 2020)
11. Bror Gunnar Jansson – The Cotton-Eyed Joe (single, Playground, 2020)
12. Jarrod Dickenson – Gold Rush (Ready the Horses, 2020)
13. Steve Earle & The Dukes – If I Could See Your Face Again (Ghosts of West Virginia, New West Records, 2020)
14. Jaime Wyatt – Goodbye Queen (single, New West Records, 2020)
15. Kathleen Edwards – Options Open (single, Dualtone Records, 2020)
16. Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison (single, Concord Records, 2020)
17. Audrey and Hugh – What a Man Does (Sisterman, 2020)
18. My Darling Clementine with Steve Nieve – Different Finger (single, Fretsore Records, 2020)
19. Tenci – Forgot My Horse’s Name (single, Keeled Scales, 2020)
20. Sam Shingler – In It Together (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
21. Babehoven – Dissociative Tally (single, 2020)
22. Gold Star Gold Star – Play It Cool (single, 2020)
23. RG Lowe – Tulip Ave (Life of the Body, Western Vinyl, 2020)
24. Jukka Ruottinen – Sort it Out (single, 2020)
25. Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat – Kii sussa (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
26. Rohkeat kuvat – Joo (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
27. LOVE SPORT – The Biggest Liar in Town (And Justice For All, Soliti, 2020)
28. White Jackets – Hard Times (single, Pinetree Records, 2020)
29. The Speedways – Love Really Hurts Without You (single, 2020)
30. Pacific Radio – It’s So Good to See My Baby (single, 2020)
31. Matt York – Scent of Sin (single, 2020)
32. Lauren O’Connell – I Hear Them All (single, 2020)
33. The Wild Reeds – Get Better (single, Dualtone Records, 2020)
34. Lily Hayes – Still Young (single, Uncollective Records, 2020)
35. Katie Von Schleicher – Nowhere (Consummation, Full Time Hobby, 2020)
36. Jordan Klassen – Ministry of Doubt (Tell Me What to Do, 2020)
37. Thomas Hine – Barren Daughters (Ledgers and Stones, 2020)
38. Sofia Talvik – Broken (Steelguitars in Heaven) (single, Makaki Music, 2020)
39. Tessy Lou Williams – Midnight Arms (Tessy Lou Williams, 2020)
40. Fretland – Hands (Fretland, 2020)
41. Nicholas Mudd – Heartache Express (single, 2020)
42. Kelly Finnigan – Impressions of You (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
43. Holy Hive – Float Back to You (single, Big Crown Records, 2020)
44. Lee Fields & The Expressions – Thinking About You (single, Big Crown Records, 2020)
45. War & Pierce – Amen (single, 2020)
46. Mark Fredson – Come Find Me (If There’s Anything I Can Do, 2020)
47. MAITA – Pay To Play (Best Wishes, Kill Rock Stars, 2020)
48. Zach Aaron – C.C.C (Fill Dirt Wanted, 2020)
49. Pharis & Jason Romero – Old Chatelaine (Bet On Love, Lula Records, 2020)
50. Jason Isbel & The 400 Unit – Letting You Go (Reunions, Southeastern Records, 2020)

Playlist link

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.

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Kalevi Suopursu, Guggenheim-projektz, Hermaja and Rock Siltanen

These quick spring release round-up posts now turn into a Kalevi Suopursu appreciation society. During the last few years I’ve learned that I love pretty much all music-related things that somehow involves Kalevi Suopursu. It don’t matter whether it’s Amuri, Guggenheim-projektz, Kalevi Suopursu Karaoke Show or just adding some VHS magic to songs by other beautiful artists. It’s all pure gold. Therefore one of my favorite albums of this spring has been the new solo album Yksin yksiössä that came out on Helmi Levyt on the 13th of March. A wonderful record that contain (should be) hits like Sinä olet minun sunnuntai, Mies Saabissa itkee ja Sotkin käteni vereen.

If you are hungry for more and quite frankly who wouldn’t be, one of his bands Guggenheim-projektz also released a great new album called Dersu Uzala. Here’s the lead track Matematiikon poika. Check out the whole album on the streaming services or buy a cassette version from Helmi Levyt.

Guggenheim-projektz at Facebook

Then a couple of other gorgeous Finnish releases with some video art from Kalevi Suopursu. First the debut album Kultasuoni from Hermaja that came out on the 8th of May on Helmi Levyt. It’s sad that there’s no Hullu Ruusu anymore, but thankfully both Merita Berg and Antti Hermaja are releasing equally wondrous music on their own / with their new groups. Here’s Charlotta Siren from the new Hermaja album.

Hermaja at Facebook

And last but definitely not the least on this little round up is the new magical single from Rock Siltanen. I was ready to spend the summer of 2020 singing along to a completely another song by Rock Siltanen, but that’s not what life had in store for us. We shall do the Uskon Huuhkajiin sing-alongs next summer, but Rock Siltanen has a perfect song for these current times too. Tulevaisuus ei oo sitä mitä se oli is warm-hearted, beautiful and full of empathy. A kind shoulder to lean on, if the anxiety tries to take a hold of me. Oh and be on the lookout for the Amuri debut album out in the fall of 2020. It will contain more magnificent songs from both Kalevi Suopursu and Rock Siltanen. If this blog / world still exists at the end of 2020, it might well turn out to be my album of the year.

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Andrew Bryant, NQ Arbuckle and Joshua Ray Walker

Another set of albums/songs that are dear to me and came out during the past few months. Starting this one with this southern burner from a long time favourite Andrew Bryant. I really love this Mississippi-based songwriter and his voice and words always resonates with me deeply. His new album Sentimental Noises came out on the 1st of May and it’s an excellent addition to his impressive discography. Here’s my own early favorite Something Else. Listen to / buy the whole album by hitting the Bandcamp links on the player.

Andrew Bryant Website
Andrew Bryant at Facebook


Moving over to Toronto, Canada, but sticking with the long time favourites. A new song from NQ Arbuckle was the most pleasant surprise and Love Songs For the Long Game was just as great as I expected. Oh how I’ve missed his voice and songwriting. What a song.

NQ Arbuckle at Facebook
NQ Arbuckle Website

Texas country singer-songwriter Joshua Ray Walker from Dallas is getting ready to release his sophomore album Glad You Made It. The album is coming out on he 10th of July on State Fair Records, but there’s a couple of advance singles available and both are pure gold. Here’s the music video for Voices and True Love with the Bandcamp link for pre-orders and such. So damn good and I can’t wait to hear the whole album.

Joshua Ray Walker Website
Joshua Ray Walker at Facebook

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Ron Sexsmith, Joey O’Neil, Jeremy Ferrara and Maybel

The blog was pretty much on hold for a while, because I was sick for eight weeks and just did the playlist during that time. I’ll never catch up completely, but I’m gonna make a few quick round of posts of the albums that carried me through the past few months. Starting things with the new wonderful Ron Sexsmith album Hermitage, which is probably my favourite album of 2020 so far. I loved him in the late nineties and 00s, but somewhere along the way I lost track and a there’s a record or two I haven’t even heard. Something that I need to rectify, because my love for Ron is now as strong as ever. Hermitage is full of gorgeous songs like Glow In the Dark Stars, Think of You Fondly, Morning Town and Whatever Shape Your Heart Is In. I might just as well list them all, because these beautiful, kind-hearted songs and that warm and familiar voice formed the shoulder I needed during a few long nights.

Ron Sexsmith at Facebook
Ron Sexsmith Website

While Ron Sexsmith is a long time favourite, Canadian folk-country songwriter Joey O’Neil is a new one and her music has been one of my favorite new finds of the year. Her sophomore album Ever Ahead came out on the 10th of April and it has been on heavy rotation ever since. Here’s Joey O’Neil singing wonderful Badlands for her copilot and trusty companion Oblio. Listen to / buy the whole beautiful album by hitting the links on that Bandcamp player.

Joey O’Neil at Facebook
Joey O’Neil Website

Another big new favorite has been Jeremy Ferrara and his debut full-length With Every Change. I’m kinda ashamed really, because after falling in love with the advance singles I searched my inbox and saw an old email from him that I had missed. I need to be better at that email game so such treasures don’t slip through my fingers. Anyway, this is a very heartfelt, captivating and beautiful folk album and I love it to bits. Here’s one of the personal favourites Ourselves. Listen to / buy all the other equally amazing songs by hitting the links on the Bandcamp player.

Jeremy Ferrara at Facebook
Jeremy Ferrara Website

Let’s wrap this first round-up post with a song from the magnificent new Maybel album. I found them, because I love the songs I’ve heard from Lauren Spear aka Le Ren and she formed Maybel with Ali Hendra, Loris Kecaj and Fez Gielen. Their debut album Gathering came out on Vain Mina Records on the 10th of April. Check out the whole album over at Bandcamp after listening this brilliant song called Can’t Abandon My Love.

Maybel at Instagram

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