New Experimental Music from Finland

Get yourself acquainted with the Finnish experimental music scene! 

Since experimental is a relatively abstract tag for a music genre, we look at it from a broad angle – thus the playlist covers music ranging from surreal sound manipulations and freaky electro to avant-garde pop and modern contemporary art music.  

The playlist will be updated frequently. 


New Experimental Music from Finland

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Elifantree

Helsinki based trio Elifantree delivers an experimental musical trip on the border between improvised and pop music. They make songs with a razor sharp blend of social criticism, surrealism and unique sounds dipping into ambient and electroacoustic textures that creates a sound much larger and wider than the sum of their parts. Elifantree's fifth album "Blood Moon", released October 2019, was made with Tölöläb, another electronic trio keen on free improvisation.

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Idealism

Currently the most streamed Finnish artist on Spotify (domestic or international), 22-year-old Idealism alias Lassi Kotamäki makes chilled music based on relaxing piano chords, dusty, mellow hip hop beats and field recordings. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studies medicine, the extremely prolific Idealism has already released dozens of tracks on digital platforms since he started in 2017, on albums and singles.

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Vladislav Delay

Vladislav Delay (Sasu Ripatti) is a Helsinki-based producer who grew up trained in jazz and took some side trips through Brazilian, Cuban and African music before entering the world of electronic.

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Juhani Saksikäsi

Juhani Saksikäsi is a beatmaker from Finland, making mostly sample based beats with little spice from synthesizers and old drum machines. His first releases are from late 90's,

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Ville Herrala

Bassist Ville Herrala (b. 1979) is one the most employed and versatile jazzmusicians in Finland. He has played with many international stars of jazz, for example with Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Markovitz, John Tchicai and Cuong Vu. His solo debut Pu: is a boundary-breaking presentation of avantgarde jazz.

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Okei

Okei is the alter ego of producer Kalifornia-Keke, who is domestically known from working with rapper acts Paperi-T and Adikia. Okei combines electric sounds and arctic avant-garde in his music.

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr

The space cadets Pertti Grönholm, Kimi Kärki and Ismo Virta pilot their fellow travelers beyond space an time as the trio's music revives sounds and visions of the golden era of 1970's German electronic and experimental rock, inspired by Berlin school, ambient, space music and progressive rock.

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Olavi Louhivuori

Drum and percussion artist Olavi Louhivuori's ambitious five album project Immediate Music saw its second part in 2019. The five-part series aims to explore the limits of freedom in music, with Louhivuori working with different ensembles from album to album. On the first album percussionist Louhivuori is joined by Pekko Käppi on bowed lyre and sound artist Teemu Korpipää on synthesizer and sound effects. The 2nd part features pianists Emil Holmström and Joonas Ahonen and is solely based on improvisaation

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Stiletti-Ana

Stiletti-Ana is a prolific drummer and electronic music producer who's worked with artists such as K-X-P, Tähtiportti, DJ Candle in The Wind, Jimi Tenor, and acclaimed band JESSE.

Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble

Lauri Porra is a multi-talented composer and musician in fourth generation (and grandson of Jean Sibelius, as well as bassist in power metal giants Stratovarius) whose compositions have been performed by symphony orchestras around the world. In addition to bass, he has studied cello, piano, double bass and trumpet, and pursued classical singing. In addition to composing music for orchestra, film and other media, Porra has released four critically acclaimed solo albums. His group Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble combines genres from rock and jazz to classical to electronic.

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Celestial Trax

Celestial Trax (Joni Judén) is a producer, composer and sound artist. Currently based in Helsinki, Finland (via London and New York), the multi-instrumentalist has crafted an unparalleled voice within the experimental electronic music landscape. The artist’s sound – a mixture of meditative, mind-bending psychedelia, drone and ambient – is traceable across his myriad of productions, as well as in his performances, where using all live instrumentation Judén creates intoxicating worlds within worlds of lush ambiance, penetrated by sonics from his musical history.

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Amnesia Scanner

Amnesia Scanner is a Berlin-based Finnish duo, who released their debut ep ”AS” on Young Turks label in 2016, with critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Allmusic, Resident Advisor and many others. The mysterious band followed with the self-released album ”AS Live”, the mixtape ”AS Truth” (2017), and albums "Another Life" (2018) and "Lexachast" (with Bill Kouligan, 2019).

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Timo Kaukolampi

With his countless music projects – including his current band K-X-P, Timo Kaukolampi has been an influential artist in the Finnish music scene since the late 1980s. With his solo music he has managed to reinvent himself as a musician and is now finally getting the recognition he deserves. Expect: pulsating synths and distant beats, cosmic disco, techno and dense cinematic ambience.

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Lau Nau

Laura Naukkarinen’s songs are imbued with a cinematic breadth of vision and her idiosyncratic, finely honed soundworld builds on fragile, spectral otherness. In her concerts you can feel the time stop while she shares small stories with the audience, accompanied by a guitar, synths, small toy instruments and a sea of effects. Lau Nau’s fifth album Poseidon was released in November 2017. It is a a heart breaking, beautiful, crooked orchestral album that is created with her co-players Matti Bye, Helena Espvall, Samuli Kosminen, Pekko Käppi and Antti Tolvi. 

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Exploited Body

Exploited Body, the brainchild of multidisciplinary artist Noah Kin, is an exploration of relentless, club-ready experiments that push the limits of the physicality of sound. In 2019 Exploited Body has released two EP's, "Threnody" and "Touching Without Feeling".

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Meriheini Luoto

Meriheini Luoto, a 2016 graduate of Sibelius Academy, is an artist and composer who explores sound as a comprehensive phenomenon with violin, nyckelharpa, vocals, and electronics as her instruments of choice. Meriheini finds inspiration for her particular sound in several musical styles including experimental music, sonic arts, and Nordic folk music.

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New Sincerity

New Sincerity is the duo of producers Eero Pulkkinen & Viktor Kalima. According to Opal Tapes, the label releasing New Sincerity's latest collection "Fiberglass Pools", the industrial/noise duo's "rough edged bass music coalesces with glitching, flickering sound design styles reminiscent of the work of Yves De Mey and Lumisokea re-animated through a cyber-bashment vibe".

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Oddarrang

Finnish quintet Oddarrang has established itself as a band with an undeniably unique sound – blending monumental riffs and dynamic builds and influenced by jazz, classical, world music and post-rock. On their latest releases the group has veered towards experimental ambient soundscapes.

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Quadrivium

Quadrivium is an improvisational group consisting of Kalle Vainio and Alexander Salvesen, formed in 2017. The duo uses prepared piano, modular synthesizer, tape recorders and liquid light analog visuals to create a psychedelic organized chaos. With musical influences ranging from from Aphex Twin to Steve Reich, Quadrivium's work is always changing due to the flowing quality of the creation.

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Pekka Toivonen Ensemble

Pekka Toivonen (b. 1979) is a Finnish composer, pianist and producer refusing to stick with any yet defined sound of music. Among other musical adventures, Toivonen has composed music for colours (CMYK), improvised free-jazz and organized a "piano week" festival carrying his name and a programme with himself as the sole composer. 2019 sees the release of Pekka Toivonen Ensemble's first album "In The Bottom of The Ancient Ocean", which ranges from contemporary minimalism to ecstatic jazz and genre free improvisation.

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Tapani Rinne

Tapani Rinne is a Finnish musician, composer and record producer, who is known for his experimental and innovative style with the clarinet and saxophone both solo and as a part of Rinneradio. As a solo artist, the reedsman/composer has made his mark through close collaborations with fellow Finnish iconoclasts Edward Vesala, Raoul Björkenheim, Kimmo Pohjonen, Wimme Saari, and Iro Haarla.

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Aleksi Perälä

On his latest 17 albums or so, electronic producer Aleksi Perälä has used the novel musical tuning system called Colundi. His music, which combines IDM with fluttering microtonal melodies has been released by labels such Rephlex and Clone.

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Tsembla / Marja Ahti

Tsembla is the solo alias of musician Marja Ahti, a frequent collaborator of the Kemialliset Ystävät musical collective and one half of the electro-acoustic duo Ahti & Ahti. As Tsembla, Ahti creates vivid, imaginative compositions of sound and rhythm using electronics and treated samples of recorded acoustic instruments, objects, voices, feedback, and environmental sounds.

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