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 on Apple Music
New Experimental Music from Finland on Spotify

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IANAI

Mysterious alternative world music group IANAI’s music is imbued with flavors from indigenous musical cultures around the globe and clothed in darkly hued indie moods. As the album progresses, listeners transcend through the instrumentation of Scandinavia, Africa, Asia, Middle East and South America. From celestial harmonies to earthly delights, IANAI’s music is a reflection of both the worldly and otherworldly. Produced by Jaani Peuhu (Iconcrash, Mercury Circle), IANAI's debut album – years in the making – will feature a cohort of musicians from the world music scene and classical orchestras, as well as bands such as Massive Attack, Client, HIM, Sisters Of Mercy, Swallow the Sun and The Rasmus.

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AHO

The Helsinki based producer AHO found by composer Matias Ahopelto, blends ambient textures with vivid compositions. His first full length album Nowinter Nosummer was released in 2020 by PME Records. On the debut albums the simmering electronics are faced with organic instruments creating a unique soundscape.

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Project Vainiolla

On Project Vainiolla's album "Waves of Inner Peace", reel-to-reel recorders released composer Kalle Vainio to create an hour-long audiovisual artwork. In the composition one can hear e.g. string orchestra, Buchla 200e and Serge modular synthesizer, prepared piano and five-string kantele. Every recorded sound has passed through an analog tape such as reel to reel, elcaset or cassette recorders. Instruments on the record are prepared piano, modular synthesizer, string orchestra and 5-string kantele.

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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 full length debut "Minus 25" (2018) and sophomore album "Archipelago Stories" in 2022. In her music, Sainio combines elements of classical music with cinematic melodies, electronic sounds and post-rock textures.

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Tapani Rinne & Teho Majamäki

Woodwinds specialist Tapani Rinne and percussionist Teho Majamäki's duo project harks back to 2011. Space and the sound of it have been the cornerstones of the duo's music since the beginning. Their two forst albums contain meditative music recorded in acoustically interesting and atmospheric locations – temples and caves in India, as well as deep inside the country in the railway tunnels of the Helsinki metropolitan area. With their 3rd album "On the Border", the musicians wanted to keep outside factors to a minimum and record compositions in controlled studio conditions.

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Elia Lombardini

Elia Lombardini (Elias Riipinen) is a finnish-italian composer, producer and violinist. His music fluctuates between classical and electronic music, cathartic harmony and atonal breakdowns. The Helsinki based artists music has drawn comparisons to works by other contemporary composers such as Nils Frahm, Max Richter and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Elia has previously played with esteemed Finnish groups such as The Holy, Karina and Ruusut. Elia Lombardini’s debut album will be out on in spring 2022.

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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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defunensemble

Defunensemble is Finland's premier contemporary music group devoted to the performance of electroacoustic music. Founded in 2009 by composer Sami Klemola, the ensemble includes a pianist, a cellist, a clarinettist, a harpist, a flutist, two sound designers and a visual artist. All members are highly active in Finland's contemporary music scene. Ville Raasakka is a composer, who uses site and situation specific material for his compositions. These can be anything from field recordings to website discussions, dealing with everyday situations as well as social and political issues.

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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 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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Jori Larres

Jori larres is a musician, composer and a producer based in Helsinki. His music creates layered cinematic soundscapes with experimental twist. Drawing inspiration from the speculative futures, his latest album “Intervals” was released in 2022.

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Jussi Lehtisalo

Jussi Lehtisalo, known as the founder of a rock act Circle, is a bassist and vocalist based in the city of Pori. His music has been described as a mixture of different moods and as organic blurring of styles. Lehtisalo's latest single "Supertaktiikkaa" released in 2022 tells a story about a nostalgic Finnish board game known as "Kimble".

Marko Nyberg

Marko Nyberg (also known as the founder of Husky Rescue) draws inspiration from his real-life experiences and further from the art of Hilma af Klint. Nyberg’s music combines neoclassical with techno joined by the sounds of live string ensemble. In early 2022 Nyberg released his solo debut "Ingrid EP".

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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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TAL

TAL a.k.a. Tuomas A. Laitinen is is an artist who works with sound, glass, and video installation. Laitinen composes situations and installations that inquire into the porous interconnectedness of language, body, and matter within morphing ecosystems. His debut album “Sapiduz” released in 2021 has been described as medieval music played on an interstellar journey, creating both absurd and chimeric combinations of sounds and moods.

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Osa 7029

An ambient artist Osa 7029 combines electronic and acoustic sounds creating neo-classical, calm, relaxing, sometimes even ominous soundscapes. Osa 7029 has released three albums in 2016-2021 and has worked with acts like Max Gaertner and Debi Wrong.

Signe

Signe is a jazz band with four female vocalists (Riikka Keränen, Kaisa Mäensivu, Selma Savolainen and Josefiina Vannesluoma). Their current project “Onomatopoesia” is a trilogy of albums contemplating one’s need for attachment in the rapidly changing surroundings. The first part of the triology, “Phonemes”, involves works by Tytti Arola, Mikko Sarvanne and Sampo Kasurinen and playing of percussionist Mika Kallio and avantgarde violinist Meriheini Luoto.

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Holy Play Boys

Holy Play Boys is new meditative music project by two established musicians Tuure Kilpeläinen and Teho Majamäki. The source of inspiration to their cinematic soundscape’s is Manuel Basco’s artwork “Seven Sisters”. Their debut album carrying the same name was released in fall 2021 and focuses around seven different themes – space, ground, air, fire, time, wood and love.

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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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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Läjä Äijälä & Albert Witchfinder

Läjä Äijälä's (previously known from Terveet Kädet and Lapin Helvetti) and Albert Witchfinder's (previously known from Spiritus Mortis and Reverend Bizarre) music relies on minimalistic approach and blends Witchfinder’s mysterious and even raw vocals with the ominous backgrounds created by Äijälä. They released an album “Centuries of Youth” in fall 2021.

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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Vladislav Delay

Sasu Ripatti is one of the most renowned Finnish electronic music artists, whose highly influential recordings as Vladislav Delay, Luomo and various other monickers has been covered in media outlets from Pitchfork to Resident Advisor and placed in films such as Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant. After a lengthy break, Ripatti returned as Vladislav Delay with the new album "Rakka" in 2020.

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