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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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Jimi Tenor

Composer and musician Jimi Tenor needs no introduction: after 30 years of career as an established artist, Tenor has redefined his style and sound over and over again and moved from 60s and 70s jazz, psychedelic soul and African funk to techno and experimental rock. Tenor continues to release music in different formats and through different labels at a formidable pace.

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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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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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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.

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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 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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Lauri Ainala

Previously known as the mastermind of the acclaimed experimental pop group Paavoharju, Lauri Ainala draws a bleak picture with his solo works, Orpokotijuhlat saarella (2016) and Savonlinnan palvojat (2018) both released on Svart Records.

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Project Vainiolla Ensemble

On Project Vainiolla Ensemble’s debut album Suruvesi, Kalle Vainio’s prepared piano meets Emmi Kuittinen’s lamenting (ancient oral tradition which combines singing and crying). The two powerful instruments are accompanied by an ensemble of electronic and acoustic instruments (i.e. kantele, reeds and modular synthesizer) as well as field recordings and soundscapes captured in forests and fields.

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Running

Running was conceptualized at the Sound Design Department of the Art University Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland in 2012. Its members Eero Pulkkinen and Teemu Iltola bonded over sound installations and site-specific DIY art that lives outside public institutions and white gallery spaces. Their music, while considered electronic, thrives to exist in its own universe and refuses to wear a timestamp.

IL-P-ON

Ilpo Väisänen's new album ÄÄNET is a tribute to his late Pan Sonic bandmate Mika Vainio. ÄÄNET is Väisänen's first record under the alias I-LP-ON (most of his recent material has come as I-LP-O In Dub). Inspired by "the life of Pan Sonic," according to the press release, the album synthesizes all the genres that influenced the duo's music: industrial, ambient, dub and more.

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Linnuissa

Linnuissa is Joni Judén (aka Celestial Trax) and Karri Luhtala. The two grew up as next-door neighbours in 90's Finland before both moving away, to London and Rome, respectively. After various cities, continents, thousands of miles and nearly 20 years, the pair were reunited in the winter of 2018, in a garage in their hometown of Hyvinkää, Finland.

Mika Vainio / Ø

Finnish electronic musician and composer Mika Vainio (1963–2017) was a pivotal figure in the Finnish music scene. In addition to founding Pan Sonic, Vainio also released music under his own name as well as Ø, Philus and others. He also collaborated frequently with filmmaker Mika Taanila.

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