New Indie Music from Finland

The Finnish indie music scene is blooming with versatility! Some of the internationally known names in the genre are Bobby Oroza, Astrid Swan, Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Jesse Markin, while labels such as Soliti, Playground Music, Svart and Solina bear the torch for Finnish independent music.

Under the admittedly vague umbrella of Finnish indie, you can find anything from 60s influenced psych garage rock to gleaming synth pop, adventurous jazz-influenced art rock, melancholic shoegaze, lo-fi, dream pop and everything in between.

The playlist, available on Apple Music and Spotify, is updated frequently. Please scroll down for artist biographies.

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Sam Shingler

Sam Shingler is a half-Finnish, half-British singer-songwriter hailing from the vibrant music scene of his native Helsinki. During his career Sam has written and performed with various bands and projects, such as The Pansies, Husky Rescue, Montevideo, and more recently The Lieblings and Treemer. Following numerous bands, Sam is finally working on his first solo project.

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Sin Cos Tan

Consisting of two established musicians, producer, artist and dj Jori Hulkkonen and songwriter and vocalist Juho Paalosmaa (also known from Villa Nah), Sin Cos Tan received international critical acclaim for their self-titled debut in 2012, even landing the track “Sooner Than Now” a placement on the in HBO series Halt and Catch Fire. Sin Cos Tan have established a classic partnership within the duo-format, with their great songwriting and cool synth sounds.

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STINAKO

Stina Koistinen alias Stinako is a Finnish artist and music maker from Helsinki. She is known for her dynamic voice and intriguing music making skills. Koistinen has won the prestigious Finnish music award Teosto Prize with her band Color Dolor's album Love (2018) and was nominated for Hyundai Nordic Music Prize 2020 with her solo album, Stinako's Ikuisuus (2019).

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Antinranta

Designer, sound artist and futurist Auri Antinranta takes us to a journey into the polar night. Antinranta’s main instruments are piano and vocals enhanced with emerging technologies. Antinranta is also known for being the lead singer and lyricist for the Finnish progressive rock quartet Tuvalu (2003-2010).

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Astrid Swan

Art pop singer-songwriter Astrid Swan's fifth album, From the Bed and Beyond (Soliti, 2017) was a deeply personal and autobiographical work about ongoing fight against breast cancer and the fear of dying young, which remained easily approachable and even light despite its heavy subject. The album was awarded the distinguished Teosto Prize in 2018. In 2021 Astrid Swan returned with new singles "Silvi's Dream" and "Not your mom" and "Luxuries".

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Pastis

Pastis is a five-man band from Helsinki drawing influences extensively from genres such as 60s merseybeat, 90s britpop as well as the current indie landscape. Pastis released their debut EP "Four Stories" in 2017, which was followed by the album "Circles" in 2019. The band has already found their way into BBC's Steve Lamaq's show, among other accomplishments.

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22-Pistepirkko

Formed in early 80’s in a small town called Utajärvi, 22-Pistepirkko is one of the early international success stories of Finnish rock, gaining attention across European indie music circles for over decades. The band is known for their original sound, taking influences from acts like Link Wray, they have been called the godfathers of Finnish garage rock. After a seven-year hiatus, 22-Pistepirkko returns with a new full-length album in 2022.

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Brother Alfred

Mathias Hermansson and Julius Sihvonen have been operating on the Finnish indie scene for some time now, playing in bands like Sima, Tiisu, Jaakko Aukusti and Nefer Nefer. As Brother Alfred they want to make "wimpy pop", inspired by imperfect production aesthetics and the slacker attitude of Mac DeMarco.

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Her Shadow

Her Shadow offers dreamy pop music with moonlight melodies, heavenly hooks and Lynchian twists. The ethereal soundscapes come to life in a dream noir universe oozing with catchy choruses, Morricone motifs and vintage sounds interweave with state of the art production.

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The Valkyrians

The Valkyrians is a Finnish rocksteady and ska band whose story began in 2002. The bandmates, who had known each other for a long time, decided to make their dream come true: form a band that would play danceable, sweet and smoky rhythms. In 2006 they released their debut album High and Mighty, which charted at #24 on the national Finnish album chart. 2022 saw the band getting on the road again, with a new album out.

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Knife Girl

Knife Girl (Lili Aslo), formerly known by the artist name “olli” produces tracks full of sonic character, with particular attention paid to capturing authentic, organic feelings. As a songwriter she has been called a musical chameleon, able to adapt her style as necessary to different trends and audiences. Aslo isn’t shy to boast her own successful music career either, already catching the ears of millions on her SoundCloud at the young age of 15 years old, having since gone on to collaborate with known musicians such as Ryan Hemsworth, Blackbear, In Love With A Ghost, and Daniela Andrade.

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Tuomo & Markus

Tuomo & Markus is a musical project from Finnish soul/jazz artist Tuomo Prättälä and singer-songwriter Markus Nordenstreng of Latebirds. The duo's music is influenced by neo folk and jazz as well as soul and prog-rock. After releasing their debut full-length "Dead Circles" in 2016, the duo has toured internationally, playing shows with bands like Wilco.

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Of Wild

A newcomer in the Finnish indie scene, Of Wild plays dreamy and vibrant electro-toned pop. Formed by Jenni Salminen and Katja Tolonen, known from bands like The Wrecking Queens and The Lieblings, Of Wild released their debut single "Lonely" in 2022. "Lonely" tells a story about loneliness and distance with a dark and smooth soundscape.

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Emily Frost

Emily Frost is a singer-songwriter and producer from Helsinki. Her music is a playful mix of electronic and organic sounds, catchy melodies and soulful singing with an R&B twist. Emily Frost's songs have been on some of the biggest Spotify playlists in Finland, Sweden, and Iceland. She also plays the electric guitar and sings in an alternative rock band called SKYCRY.

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NEØV

Dream pop band NEØV was formed in Juankoski by brothers Anssi and Samuli Neuvonen. NEØV's back catalogue is three albums deep: "Orange Morning" (2013) and "Dominique" (2015), "Volant" (2019). After reducing to the original duo of the Neuvonen brothers, NEØV's fourth album "Picture a Good Life" saw the light of day in January 2021, combining elements of dream pop, shoegaze and the more ambitious side of alternative rock.

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Aves

The Helsinki-based electro pop trio of Antti Ojala, Eino Anttila and Joonas Hakava first appeared on the scene around 2011, in the pinnacle of the chillwave wave. After several years of silence the trio suddenly came back in 2019 with a new single "Gem of the Ocean" featuring Icelandic singer Jófríður Ákadóttir, also known as JFDR.

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Grande Mahogany

Grande Mahogany is a 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer who definitely sleeps with his wah-wah pedal under his pillow. Expect serious Jimi Hendrix and Funkadelic vibes, as well as some flashy dance moves.

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Airi's

Airi’s is an indie rock four-piece who have already taken over the airwaves of British and U.S. radio stations. Their single “The Sky” was even picked up by legendary DJ Rodney Bingenheimer on Sirius XM. The Espoo-based band’s debut album “Kind Little One” is due for release in August 2022.

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Milou

Milou is a pop singer-songwriter from Helsinki making music in French and in English. Her style combines electronic and acoustic elements with a touch of RnB – as well as clean melodies and unique harmonies where one can hear a combination of Nordic melancholy and French romanticism.

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PLØW

Turku-based PLØW is an indie five-piece whose sources of inspiration include dance music and pop. PLØW's brand of indie rock is a guitar-driven one. Despite of the band members' young age, PLØW already have an EP out and their future is looking bright.

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Emmi Maaria

With broad experience in both classical and contemporary music, Finnish singer, violist and composer Emmi Maaria combines folk and art music in a compelling and uncompromising way. Finnish-born, London-based Emmi Maaria's debut single "I Move Deeper Wading into the Waters" was released in May 2022, followed by "I Am the Whipser of Blood" in June.

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Bobby Oroza

Bobby Oroza is a soul artist hailing from Helsinki, Finland. Teaming up with the Timmion Records house band Cold Diamond & Mink, he has a tight quartet of musicians to support his vision. Despite being a rather fresh artist, his music has already been sampled by rapper Earl Sweatshirt, and can also be heard in multiple Netflix shows and a feature film. Oroza’s sensual and soft music has a dreamy, vintage atmosphere that could flow right out of an old transistor radio on a careless sunny afternoon at the beach.

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Black Lizard

Black Lizard’s reputation as one of the finest purveyors of psych rock is assured. Yes, collaborations with Anton Newcombe and Sonic Boom have certainly helped spread their word, but it’s been the band’s brand of proto-punk combined with melodic hooks that’s led people to find them. Black Lizard manages to be unapologetically nostalgic yet carve out its own glorious, introspective pastiche – repackaging the Nuggets-esque garage/psych-pop and early-90s shoegaze swoons for 21st-century wastoids.

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Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? is a playful garage rock band from Kouvola with two albums under their belt: Teenage Sweetheart (2015) and Jazzbelle 1984/1988 (2018). The guitarless trio's fun and fierce music has already been noted by the likes of Forbes and Consequence of Sound.

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Rosettes

Already hailed as "Finland's answer to Khruangbin" after their debut single, Helsinki-based quintet Rosettes have found a lot of domestic media interest. Their sound owes a lot to 60s and 70s classic soul, but dipped in soft psychedelia and hazy effects and iced with Tytti Roto's (also known as Ty Roxy) pop sensible vocals. Quite surprisingly, two of the band's musicians are also familiar from the thrash metal band Foreseen and one from hardcore greats Kohti Tuhoa.

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Team Play

Team Play consists of two friends and musicians, Minja Koskela and Tapio Viitasaari, who share the love for singing, making songs and talking about human behaviour and politics. The music they create is based on singing gothic romantic lyrics together in harmoniс with the accompaniment of gentle piano and emotional soundscapes with horns, organs and synthesizers, striving to join the tradition of the great singing duos such as Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra and First Aid Kit.

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