On this year’s second edition of New Artists to Follow you'll get to know Moon Shot (on the cover image), ILON, Stoned Statues and Knife Girl. Find out about these interesting newcomers and dive into their music ranging from anthemic stadium rock to international pop.
Also, scroll to the bottom of the page for our New artists to follow playlist, available on Spotify and Apple Music.
Moon Shot is a 21st century rock band formed by experienced musicians Ville Malja (vocals), Jussi Ylikoski (guitar), Henkka Seppälä (bass) and Mikko Hakila (drums) known from acts such as Disco Ensemble and Children of Bodom. The band's sound can be described as anthemic stadium rock taking influence especially from the guitar-led rock of late 90's and early 2000's. Moon Shot released their debut album "Confession" in fall 2021.
Listen to the album on Spotify.
Singer-songwriter ILON is a new arrival on the Finnish pop scene with a strong, dark sound. She debuted during fall 2020, with a string of singles written together with Ilkka Wirtanen. ILON provides a timeless, fresh vocal impression, which is combined with her lyrics infused with stories of modern romance. On her latest single Tobacco, released in 2021 her strong lyrics meet with an intense disco atmosphere.
Stoned Statues is an alternative metal band formed in 2019. Their sound mixes metal and prog together with rock and pop elements and relies on catchy melodies. Lead singer Jenna Kosunen's strong vocals and lyrics along with Markus Hakala's (vocals, guitar) and Allu Tanskanen's (drums) playing create a combination of metal music with punk attitude. Stoned Statues released their debut single Demento in November 2021 on the Sakara label.
Knife Girl, who previously used the artist name olli, is a young songwriter who produces tracks with an authentic, organic feeling. She released her debut EP "Metro" in summer 2021 with music relying on deep grooves and catchy top lines. The debut has been followed by another EP, "Oona", where the single "7up" has taken a step towards more pop sound.