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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Cucina Povera

Cucina Povera's aka Finnish-born, Glasgow-based sound artist Maria Rossi's debut "Zoom" is a verité collection of situational recordings in intimate spaces full of acoustic or ideological intrigue, primarily using a capella voice. It is a document of different locations and moods that interested the recorder, a postcard look into the stream-of-consciousness processes of an artist developing her own language. After "Zoom", Cucina Povera has released altogether three albums in 2020 and 2021.

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Olavi Louhivuori

Drum and percussion artist Olavi Louhivuori started an ambitious five album project called Immediate Music which 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. Yet, his latest release is a three piece single called Coming Home.

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Kimmo Helén

Kimmo Helén is a violinist and a multi-instrumentalist known from the folk band Hexvessel. Helén has worked for several years with Mat McNerney, his colleague from Hexvessel, creating music for movie soundtracks. Their music has been inspired by both the Newfoundland and traditional folk. Their latest release the single Romance of Mystery from the upcoming movie soundtrack A Fire in the Cold Season was released in 2021.

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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Heikki Ruokokangas

Heikki Ruokangas (b. 1987) is a jazz/avant-garde guitarist and composer from Oulu, Finland. His music is a dialogue between melody and noise, shifting from soothing and sensitive moments to violent avant-garde expression, to distinct melodies and atonal motifs. Ruokangas draws his inspiration from avant-garde, contemporary, and traditional jazz as well as from his native Finnish musical heritage and traditions.

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Eilien

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Vladislav Delay

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Exploited Body

Exploited Body, the brainchild of multidisciplinary artist formerly known as Noah Kin, is an exploration of relentless, club-ready experiments that push the limits of the physicality of sound. In 2019 Exploited Body released the EP's, "Threnody" and "Touching Without Feeling" which were followed by "Etsin turvaa", a mixtape with Varg 2TM and finally the debut album "When My Darkness Came To Light" in 2021.

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Arttu Silvast

The Finnish composer and audio creative Arttu Silvast released his first solo album "Polarity" in 2021. Inspired by the landscapes and isolation of the Arctic, his music combines organic and synthesized sounds creating spacious ambient soundscapes. Among the piano themes, a variety of instruments can be heard on the album all the way from the temple bells of Myanmar to more traditional Scandinavian instruments.

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Kepa Lehtinen

Kepa Lehtinen is an electronica composer known from his work as a film and media composer. He uses the combination of theremin, piano, and contrabass to create the retro yet hi-fi sounds heard in his 2020 album "It is ok to be sad and dark". The album was followed by the ep "Face Plant" in 2021.

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Josu Mämmi

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Jolea

Jolea is the moniker of Joanna Similä, Helsinki born producer and singer/songwriter. The name is drawn from the Finnish word kolea which means ”chilly”, as she found it oddly suitable for the style of music she represents. Jolea’s album "Atlas" (2020) is her first instrumental, compositional ambient release followed by a new ambient album "Weight of Clouds" (2021).

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Mirror Ghost

Tampere based musician and composer Mirror Ghost's music consists of meditative–ambient–new age sounds. His debut album "Syrup Hill" was released in early 2021 on digital platforms.

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Timo Kämäräinen

The debut solo album from experienced guitarist Timo Kämäräinen (known from bands like TOOT TOOT, Ellips and Ismo Alanko Säätiö) consists of beautifully crafted, almost ambient-like instrumental pieces based on free improvisation, forming a concept work of “life and humanity”.

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Markku Klami

Markku Klami's music has been described as delicate, elegant, fragile and powerful with strong emotions. Markku spent his early years singing in the boys choir of Turku Cathedral and later around Europe on the choir's tours. He has composed instrumental works ranging from solos to works for orchestra with soloists and vocal works including two operas.

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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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Samuli Tanner

Samuli Tanner is a Finnish electronic musician/producer and drummer born in 1982. He's known for his work in Siihhi, World Bank, Tiiu Helinä and Myttys to name a few. "Music for 1-Year-Old Samuli Tanner", his first proper solo album was previously released as cd by US-based by Sun Ark Recordings, and now finally re-issued on vinyl and digital by Fonal Records, Ikuisuus and Peace Files. The album consists of playful improvised sci-fi compositions and “beats” made with self-built samplers, old tape machines and new computers.

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Heikki Lindgren

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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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Aition

Aition is a collaboration project with Helsinki based producer Lasse Lindgren, a member of post-jazz group Oddarang, and vocalist Aino Peltomaa who is specialised in medieval and renaissance music.

Mari Sainio

Helsinki based composer and producer Mari Sainio works in domestic and international concert, theater and film projects. In 2017, Sainio released her debut solo EP ”Tales”, which was followed by her first full length album "Minus 25" in 2018. In her music, Sainio combines elements of classical music with cinematic melodies, electronic sounds and post-rock textures.

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Secret North Ox

Secret North Ox is a drone/ambient endeavour of Juho Niemelä of Finnish experimental metal band Callisto and indie folk group Viitasen Piia.

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