Icarus Phoenix, Quivers and John Andrews & The Yawns

I’ve been meaning to share the video of the song Cassie Knows, or How a shy person says I love you by Icarus Phoenix for a long time, but my blogging activity has been next to none. Tonight I saw the new video for the Iron Man and his Demons, for Striker and after shedding the tears, I knew I had to finally break out from the blogging slump and share songs and videos from this beautiful record.

Icarus Phoenix is a new project my long time blog favorite Drew Danburry. He originally released the Icarus Phoenix album last year on cassette, but in april 2021 he also made it available digitally. He is also making these beautiful hand-drawn time lapse music videos. It must take a long time to make them, but they are worth the effort. Here’s the two I mentioned above, but you’ll find more from his youtube. And if you like them, buy the cassette or download from Telos Tapes Bandcamp.

Drew Danburry at Youtube

Next up is my favorite Tasmanian pop group Quivers. Actually I think they are located in Melbourne these days, but what actually matters is that they are a great band. I fell in love madly when I heard the song Pigeons few years back. In between now and then they released their debut record and covered the entire Out Of Time album by R.E.M. Both are highly recommended if you missed them. At this moment in time they are getting ready to release their new record Golden Doubt. They seem to be on an upward trajectory, because the new one will be co-released by such cool labels as Ba Da Bing!, Bobo Integral and Spunk. The two singles that are out and available are both absolutely wonderful.

Quivers at Facebook
Quivers Website

Let’s wrap this one with a song or two from the forthcoming John Andrews & The Yawns album. Cookbook is out next week on Woodsist and all the singles have been pure gold. This River of Doubt video makes me smile every time. There’s live music, pond hockey and cats, so how could I not love it wholeheartedly.

John Andrews & The Yawns at Facebook

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Jesse Aycock, Kelly Sloan, Evan Cheadle and Joe Bourdet

My blogging activity outside the weekly round-up and playlist has been next to none for various of reasons. That probably remains the case for the foreseeable future, but I try to make a couple of quick posts to share some songs / albums / videos that I’ve loved during the recent months. Starting from Tulsa, Oklahoma with a long-waited new solo album from Jesse Aycock. After excellent Flowers & Wounds (2014), he has been a member of Hard Working Americans and a trusted sideman for other excellent artists. Now he is back with a gorgeous solo album that ranges from mellow folk rock balladry to catchy (should be) rock hits with a fair amount of pop sensibility. What a beautiful record.

Moving on to Canada for the latest single Tangled from singer-songwriter Kelly Sloan. Two songs out so far and both are pure gold. I can’t wait to hear more from her and hopefully there’s a full album on the horizon, because it sure sounds like Kelly Sloan and producer Jeff McMurrich are on to something magical.

Kelly Sloan Website
Kelly Sloan at Facebook

Speaking of timeless future treasures. Long time favorite Evan Cheadle from Victoria, British Columbia is about to release a new album Fault Line Serenade on the 11th of June. There’s a couple of great singles out there already. The latest one First Morning Light just surfaced in the form of a beautiful animated music video. Rest a while on its gentle sway and then hit that pre-order button on Bandcamp.

Evan Cheadle Website
Evan Cheadle at Facebook

More reasons to set a camp outside a record store or do a pre-order at Bandcamp. I was thrilled to hear that Joe Bourdet is finally releasing a full album (thanks to Lara from the excellent Petal Motel blog to first breaking the news). I loved Joe’s Seamist / El Capitan single a few years back and shared it on this blog too. If you are into 70s folk rock and california sounds, you are going to love this one. Not that I’ve heard the whole thing, but I know it’s going to be a great one. I recently shared the opening song on the playlist, so here’s the other beauty that is already available on Bandcamp. It’s called Call You Friend and I love it to bits.

Joe Bourdet Website
Joe Bourdet at Facebook

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #134

Another week, another new music weekly.

Here we are again going through the finest new music releases of the week. First apologies for sleeping on Rosali’s singles. I haven’t featured them here, because was unaware how great the songs were. I listened the album last night and instantly loved it. It’s my top pick of the week along with Charlie Marie, Fiver and Will Stratton that have been featured here quite well during the album cycle. Other great album releases this week came from Blue Cactus, American Aquarium (covers), Dorothea Paas, Peter Doran, Sam Tudor, Natalie Bergman, Maia Sharp, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Carter Tanton and Ted Russell Kamp.

As for Finnish stuff, there’s new albums from Maa ilmasta and Eero Marila plus a run of singles from Pambikallio, Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus, Grant Wood Company and Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki.

Last but not least the international (should-be) hit singles. My personal favorite is probably the new single from Libby DeCamp. I can’t wait to hear her record. If you are into power pop and such melodic treasures there’s a new David Myhr single from a forthcoming EP. We also have more advance singles from the forthcoming albums by John Andrews & The Yawns, Tristen, Amythyst Kiah, Bill and The Belles, Shay Martin Lovette and so forth. Again just to name a few. They are all worth a namedrop, but you’ll find the list below.

I think that’s it for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Rosali – Whatever Love (No Medium, Spinster, 2021)
2. Charlie Marie – Kiss My Boots (Ramble On, Soundly, 2021)
3. Libby DeCamp – On The Range (single, 2021)
4. Fiver – Jr. Wreck (Fiver with the Atlantic School Of Spontaneous Composition, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
5. Will Stratton – Infertile Air (The Changing Wilderness, Bella Union, 2021)
6. John Andrews & The Yawns – Try (single, Woodsist, 2021)
7. Blue Cactus – Rodeo Queen (Stranger Again, Sleepy Cat Records, 2021)
8. American Aquarium – John Deere Green (Slappers Bangers & Certified Twangers, Losing Side Records, 2021)
9. Amythyst Kiah – Hangover Blues (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
10. Tristen – Wrong With You (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
11. Dorothea Paas – Waves Rising (Anything Can Happen, Telephone Explosion Records, 2021)
12. Peter Doran – None the Wiser (Voices, 2021)
13. Sam Tudor – Change My Shape (Two Half Worlds, 2021)
14. Natalie Bergman – Your Love Is My Shelter (Mercy, Third Man Records, 2021)
15. David Myhr – We Wanted to Shine (single, Lojinx, 2021)
16. Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki – Pelastaja (single, Soit Se Silti, 2021)
17. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Onnellinen? (single, Iso Pinkki, 2021)
18. Eero Marila – Rakastua uudestaan (Muutos, 2021)
19. Pambikallio – Volvo (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
20. Maa ilmasta – Päijänne-ilmiö (ISO YÖ, Luova Records, 2021)
21. Grant Wood Company – Home (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2021)
22. T. Hardy Morris – Down & Out (single, Normaltown Records, 2021)
23. The Roseline – Joy (single, RPH Records, 2021)
24. Travis Linville – Blue Sky Bound (single, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
25. Hannah Juanita – Love Like Yours (single, 2021)
26. Bill and The Belles – People Gonna Talk (single, Ditty Boom Records, 2021)
27. Darrin Bradbury – Pizza & Drugs (single, Anti, 2021)
28. Maia Sharp – Backburner (Mercy Rising, Crooked Crown, 2021)
29. Anna Ash – I Was Just Your Evening (single, 2021)
30. Rachel Sermanni – Travelled (single, Jellygirl Records, 2021)
31. Shay Martin Lovette – Parkway Bound (single, 2021)
32. Kevin Morby – Dumcane (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
33. Anne Soldaat – Suffer Silently (single, Excelsior Recordings, 2021)
34. John Myrtle – How Can You Tell If You Love Here (single, Sad Club Records, 2021)
35. Nap Eyes – When I Come Around (single, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
36. Kitty Kat Fan Club – Keep Spinning (single, Asian Man Records, 2021)
37. Emma Kupa – Happy Birthday (single, Lost Map Records, 2021)
38. Lauren O’Connell – Unbelievers (single, Sugar Glider, 2021)
39. Louien – Fire (single, Jansen Records, 2021)
40. Possum – Clarified Budder (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)
41. James Matthew VII & Young Guv – Til I Find Love Again (single, 2021)
42. Kelly Finnigan – Can’t Let Him Down -acoustic (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
43. GA-20 – Two in the Ground (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
44. Volk – I Fed Animals (single, Romanus Records, 2021)
45. The 40 Acre Mule – Brown Eyed Handsome Man (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
46. Tejon Street Corner Thieves – Crawdad (Stolen Goods, Liars Club, 2021)
47. Riley Downing – Start It Over (single, New West Records, 2021)
48. Thomas Csorba – When You Can’t See The Highway End (single, Tone Tree Music, 2021)
49. Gary Louris – Follow (single, SHAM, 2021)
50. Straight White Teeth – The Night Washes Its Face (single, Hunny Hawk Records, 2021)
51. Carter Tanton – Gunnin’ For the Stem (Carter Tanton, Western Vinyl, 2021)
52. Megan Palmer – Take Good Care (single, Triple Threat, 2021)
53. Eric Bolander – Montogomery Hill (single, 2021)
54. Ted Russell Kamp – You Can Go To Hell, I’m Going to Texas (Solitaire, TRK / CRS, 2021)
55. Jeff Crosby – Runnin’ Free (single, 2021)
56. Doc Feldman and The Alt + Cntry + Delete – Let Me Love You (A Healthy Dose Of Anxiety, 2021)
57. Wes Tirey – Life Is Good, Life Is Sweet (The Midwest Book of the Dead, Dear Life Records, 2021)
58. Joe Kaplow – Rain Drums (Sending Money and Stems, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2021)
59. The Legal Matters – You Sure Can’t Blame Her (Chapter Three, Futureman Records, 2021)
60. Teenage Fanclub – Living With You (Endless Arcade, PeMa, 2021)

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Playlist Archive

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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