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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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.

Hannu Karjalainen

Hannu Karjalainen is a composer, producer, visual artist and filmmaker. His recording career spans over a decade, beginning under the pseudonym Hannu and later under his full name for 'A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert' on Karaoke Kalk.

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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.

Amnesia Scanner

Amnesia Scanner is a Berlin-based Finnish duo, who released their debut ep ”AS” on Young Turks label in the spring of 2016, with critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Allmusic, Resident Advisor and many others. In 2016 the mysterious band put out their self-released album ”AS Live” and in 2017 the mixtape ”AS Truth”.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Mika Vainio

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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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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Paavoharju

Paavoharju is one of the internationally best known underground groups from Finland. The Wire dubbed Paavoharju's music as “home-taped experimentation married to pop ecstasy”, which describes perfectly their combination of hazy lo-fi indie, religious imagery and dreamy/nightmarish ambient atmosphere.

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Kemialliset Ystävät

Kemialliset Ystävät is a long-running music collective headed by Jan Anderzén. The group has become known for their abstract and playful electronic folk. Their latest album, Siipi Empii, was released by Leaving Records.

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Rättö ja Lehtisalo

Rättö ja Lehtisalo is an experimental and psychedelic rock duo consisting of Mika Rättö (Circle, Kuusumun Profeetta) and Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle, Pharaoh Overlord, Split Cranium).

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