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

Related Artists

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.

Read more

Jolea

Jolea is the moniker of Joanna Similä, Helsinki born producer – 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).

Read more

Mirror Ghost

Mirror Ghost's music consists of meditative–ambient–new age sounds. His debut album Syrup Hill out now.

Read more

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”.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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 is the first album released under his own name and was previously released in USA by Sun Ark Recordings in CD format. Now the album is finally released on vinyl and digital format by Fonal Records, Ikuisuus and Peace Files. Music For 1-Year Old Samuli Tanner consists of playful improvised sci-fi compositions and “beats” made with self-built samplers, old tape machines and new computers.

Read more

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 HiFi sounds heard in his recent album "It is ok to be sad and dark".

Read more

Heikki Lindgren

Ambient Experimentations: Tube Noise Generator and Forest Recordings with Kantele is a second album in collaboration series of sound artist Heikki Lindgren. It explores further the aesthetics of long sound and the concept of ambient music. This release is based on the recordings from an improvised session with kantele-artist Marjo Smolander.

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. 

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Jori Sjöroos

Musician and producer Jori Sjöroos is locally best known for producing the highly succesful Finnish band PMMP. With his own music he’s tackled a wide array of genres, ranging from atmospheric shoegaze-pop (Magenta Skycode) to electronic adventures (Fu-Tourist) and funeral doom (Thergothon) – besides composing songs for a musical about LGBT icon Tom of Finland!

Read more

Cyril Awakens

Cyril Awakens is a multidisciplinary band inspired producing music with dance music influences, drum machine beats and beautiful soundscapes. The Band consists of singer Konsta Koivisto, drummer Lauri Suutarinen, percussionist,Juho Kavasto and visual performer Tuomas Alahäivälä.

Read more

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.

Read more

Cucina Povera

Zoom is a verité collection of situational recordings made by Cucina Povera - aka Finnish-born, Glasgow-based sound artist Maria Rossi - 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.

Read more

Bereen Ondo

Bereen Ondo is a Helsinki-based producer and musician. He composes experimental music with electronic instruments and field recordings. Since his debut in 2017, his music has combined broken lo-fi ambient with melancholic sound textures. Bereen Ondo creates his own abstract visuals to accompany his music, utilizing circuit-bent video mixers and CRT TVs.

Read more

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.

Read more

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,

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more