Matthew Milia, Libby DeCamp, Evan Cheadle and The Deep Dark Woods

Another quick round up of musical things that I’ve loved during the recent weeks. First a major release alert from Detroit, Michigan. Like I already mentioned on the new music weekly, there’s a new Matthew Milia album on the horizon. That’s a big deal for me, because I have deep love for both Frontier Ruckus and solo Matthew Milia. He is probably my favorite songwriter of the past decade or so and I can’t wait to make my heart a home for the new album. Keego Harbor will be released on 16th of July, but you can already listen to the wonderful opening track Salad Bars at Bandcamp. Pre-order is up on his website for LP/CD/Photobook and Bandcamp for digital.

Matthew Milia Website
Matthew Milia at Facebook

Staying in Detroit for a great record that is already out and available. I think I first discovered folk singer-songwriter Libby DeCamp thanks to a GemsOnVHS video a few years back and I have been following her since on different platforms. Her debut full-length Westward and Faster came out on the 21st of May and contains exceptional songwriting and various shades of roots music. Such a great record.

Libby DeCamp at Facebook
Libby DeCamp Website

Moving across the border to Canada. Victoria, British Columbia to be more precise. A long time favorite Evan Cheadle released his new timeless beauty Fault Like Serenade on the 11th of June. Here’s one of my personal favorites Ice Water from this enchanting album. I think I actually need Ice Water on multiple levels during this current heatwave.

Evan Cheadle Website
Evan Cheadle at Facebook

Almost too logical next step is to wrap up this little blog entry with a song or two from the magnificent new The Deep Dark Woods album Changing Faces that came out 14th of May on Six Shooter Recordings. After all, Evan Cheadle has played a big part in The Deep Dark Woods during the recent years. The creative force and songwriter extraordinaire of the band is Ryan Boldt who has again created a captivating collection of songs. Here’s one of the standouts with a deeply moving music video and gentle nod to Thompson.

The Deep Dark Woods Website
The Deep Dark Woods at Facebook

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Flora Hibberd, Andrew Bryant, Joe Bourdet and St. Lenox

Just a quick post of recent songs and music videos that I love madly. One should write essays about the greatness of these instead of just small blurbs, but maybe this is better than nothing. London-born and Paris-based Flora Hibberd has quickly become one of my favorite songwriters in the world. Archipelago was my EP of the year in 2020 and next Friday I’m going to celebrate both the midsummer and the release of her new album Hold. Here’s the wonderful first single Night, Perpetual in form of a lovely music video.

Flora Hibberd at Facebook
Flora Hibberd Website

Andrew Bryant from Mississippi is also one of my favorite songwriters and has an album coming out in a few weeks. A Meaningful Connection will be released on the 9th of July, but we already have a couple of great songs available. My favorite so far is this deeply moving and utterly wonderful song called Reality Winner.

Andrew Bryant at Facebook
Andrew Bryant Website

Next up is a timeless Californian folk rock treasure that is already out and available. Joe Bourdet’s album Meadow Rock has been one of my most anticipated 2021 album releases and it finally saw the light of the day on the 18th of June. Here’s the new music video for album track Lost Along The Way along with another personal favorite from Bandcamp.

Joe Bourdet at Facebook
Joe Bourdet Website

Wrapping this little blog entry with another special album that is already waiting for you at the record store. Ten Songs of Worship and Praise for our Tumultuous Times is the new album by St. Lenox and it came out on Don Giovanni Records on the 11th of June. My favorite song from the album is Arthur is at a Shiva. Albeit a part of the reason why that song stands out for me might be my deep love for the music video of the song. Wonderful song, baking tips and heartfelt commentary subtitles. What’s not to love. Check it out below and then hear/buy the whole thing over at Bandcamp.

St. Lenox at Facebook
St. Lenox Website

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #140

Another week, another new music weekly.

A slightly behind schedule this week. I was just too worn out to do this yesterday. Thankfully just one week to go until vacation (albeit a pretty hell-ish week due to the midsummer hassle in the potato and vegetable industry). After that I’ll rest and hopefully do some blog stuff. Maybe like a mid-year list of some sorts, because I haven’t praised enough music outside of these new music weeklies. And I suppose I need to decide whether I want to celebrate that 20 years of music blogging. I think I’m leaning towards no, because it might be too much to handle in the shape that I’ve been for the past year and this also doesn’t feel like the time to ask free favors from artists (whether it would be live or online, it’s not like I have any money to spent on it). Anyway, time to dive into the new music of the week.

My album of the week is the new Joe Bourdet album Meadow Rock. A real special one there for sure. Other wonderful album releases this week came from K.C. Jones, Jess Jocoy (EP), Amythyst Kiah, Daniel Romano’s Outfit (live record, vinyl later), Country Westerns (EP), Nick Ferrio (Canadian liner note hero released a great album of his own music), Kings of Convenience (a most welcome comeback, quiet is still the new loud), Lady Nade, Mr. Husband, Amy Helm, Dylan LeBlanc, Darby Sparkman (EP) andJack Droppers & The Best Intentions.

The Finnish highlight of the week is the long-waited debut album from Tams. Other beautiful Finnish treasures on the list are singles from Arppa, Jukka Nissinen, J.Kajan, Itä-Hollola Installaatio and album from Pykäri.

The international song of the week is the new song by Matthew Milia. He is probably my favorite songwriter of the past decade and therefore this new album announcement is a big deal for me. The new song is not on Spotify, so you won’t find it from the playlist. However, you’ll find Salad Bars from Bandcamp with pre-order possibilities. The other big single for me this week is the second single from Jeremy Ferrara’s forthcoming album. This one is even better than the first time. And of course there’s far more from such great artists like Rose City Band, Drew Beskin,Rod Gator, Justin Wells, Kate Vargas, Ryan Curtis, Darrin Bradbury, Theo Lawrence, Spencer Cullum, T.Hardy Morris, Judy Blank & Dylan Earl, Jackie Venson, Kyle Cox & Franc Castillejos and Margo Price (Roky cover). Just to name a few.

That’s all for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Joe Bourdet – Lost Along the Way (Meadow Rock, Mountain Sound Recorders, 2021)
2. K.C. Jones – I’ve Got Time (Queen of the In Between, 20219
3. Jess Jocoy – Constellations (Brighter Eyes EP, 2021)
4. Amythyst Kiah – Tender Organs (Wary + Stranger, Rounder Records, 2021)
5. Daniel Romano’s Outfit – The One That Got Away (Came Back Today) (Fully Plugged In, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
6. Country Westerns – Coming Down (Country Westerns EP, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
7. Nick Ferrio – Bad Luck (Television of Roses, 2021)
8. Drew Beskin – Double Dipper (single, Super Canoe, 2021)
9. Jeremy Ferrara – Fictional (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
10. Kings of Convenience – Killers (Peace Or Love, Universal, 2021)Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions
11. Lady Nade – Willing (Willing, 2021)
12. Rose City Band – In the Rain (single, Thrill Jockey Records, 2021)
13. Spencer Cullum feat Erin Rae – High on a Rocky Ledge (single, Full Time Hobby, 2021)
14. T.Hardy Morris – DirtRocker (single, Normaltown Records, 2021)
15. Justin Wells – Hard Out Here (single, Singular Recordings, 2021)
16. Rod Gator – For Louisiana (single, Blue Elan Records, 2021)
17. Kate Vargas – Church of the Misdirection (single, 2021)
18. Amy Helm – Verse 23 (What the Flood Leaves Behind, Renew Records, 2021)
19. Darby Sparkman – Rainbows (The Cabin at Ghost Gum Creek, Stationary Vagabond Records, 2021)
20. Ryan Curtis – All Alone (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
21. Darrin Bradbury – Exile on Myrtle Beach (single, Anti, 2021)
22. Pokey LaFarge – Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone (single, New West Records, 2021)
23. Theo Lawrence – I’ll Never Dream Again (single, Tomika, 2021)
24. Kyle Cox & Franc Castillejos – Te Espero / Waiting For You (single, 2021)
25. Mr. Husband – Heart Attack (Kinny Bouquet, Good Soil Records, 2021)
26. Dylan LeBlanc – Expecting to Fly (Pastimes, ATO Records, 2021)
27. Judy Blank & Dylan Earl – Never Said a Word (single, 2021)
28. Jukka Nissinen – Tää on mahtavaa (single, Humu Records, 2021)
29. Arppa – Hauki (single, Johanna Kustannus, 2021)
30. Tams – Kompassi (Menolippu ei minnekään, 2021)
31. Pykäri – Omena (Pyqäri, PME Records, 2021)
32. J. Kajan – Elossa (single, 2021)
33. Itä-Hollola Installaatio – Sydän Särjellään (single, KHY Musiikki, 2021)
34. Margo Price – Two Headed Dog (single, Light in the Attic, 2021)
35. Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions – New Holland (Dad Rock, Mahogany Songs, 2021)
36. Jackie Venson – ‘Til This Pain Goes Away (single, 2021)
37. Mega Bog – Weight Of the Earth, On Paper (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2021)
38. Aldous Harding – Old Peel (single, 4AD, 2021)
39. Hand Habits – Motherless (single, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
40. Leon Bridges – Why Don’t You Touch Me (single, Sony, 2021)
41. Anthonio Tonnon – Leave Love Out Of This (single, Slow Time Records, 2021)
42. Left Vessel – This Year Be (single, GiftShop Records, 2021)
43. Bergen – Spöstad (single, Skulden, 2021)
44. Matthew Fowler – I’m Still Trying (single, Signature Sounds, 2021)
45. Elastic No-No Band feat Toby Goodshank – I’d Love Just Once To See You (single, 2021)
46. Stephen Simmons – Blackberry Winter & Heartache Stew (single, 2021)
47. Jeremy James Meyer – Bon Voyage (Alive & OK, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
48. Quivers – Overthinking (Golden Doubt, Bobo Integral, 2021)
49. Evan Cheadle – Look Out (Fault Like Serenade, Victory Pool, 2021)
50. Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints – Sleepwalk (single, 2021)

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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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