New Indie Music from Finland

The Finnish indie music scene is blooming with versatility! Some of the internationally known names in the genre are Satellite Stories, Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Lake Jons, 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 Spotify and Apple Music, will be updated frequently. Please scroll down for artist biographies.

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The Holy

Helsinki-based quintet The Holy rely on a massive sound (backed by two drummers!) and adrenaline-filled stage antics. Their brand of epic indie rock has been championed by bands such as The War on Drugs and Arcade Fire, but The Holy’s songs have enough potential to fill stadiums on their own one day. The Holy's debut album "Daughter" was released in 2018 and will see its follow-up with "Mono Freedom" in 2020.

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Joensuu 1685

Joensuu 1685 is a rock trio formed in 2007 by two brothers Mikko and Markus Joensuu with Risto Joensuu (no relation). Their music is drowned in overtones, feedback and noise, and paint a soft but sizzling stream of big beauty. In 2010, while finalizing their second album the band suddenly exploded in to pieces and Joensuu’s went on their separate ways: the band Siinai and Mikko Joensuu's solo career. In 2018 the band reunited and decided to return with the unfinished album abandoned years ago – which is now finished and will be released in 2020.

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Karina

The intriguing duo of Karin Mäkiranta and Helmi Tikkanen combines elements from Sufjan Stevens inspired indie folk to 4AD-esque melancholic dream pop. Nominated for the 2019 Hyundai Nordic Music Prize, their self-produced debut album ’Karina’ was released in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim from the Finnish media. The album has followed with more singles and shows in Norway, Estonia and UK, as well as support slots for the group Beirut in Luxembourg and Germany. Karina's second album "2" was released in February 2020.

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Vasas Flora och Fauna

Founded by Mattias Björkas (Cats on Fire), Vasas Flora och Fauna is one the few swedish-singing indie pop bands from Finland. The threesome released their debut album "Släkt med Lotta Svärd" in 2015 which gained critical acclaim especially in Sweden - as well as a celebrity fan in Jens Lekman. That was followed by "Veneziansk afton" in 2017 and German-sung compilation "Strandgut" in 2018. Vasas Flora och Fauna will return with a new Swedish-sung album in 2020.

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Samoaja

Samoaja is a four-piece pop band formed in 2014. The band’s musical style – which the band prefers to call "landscape pop" – mixes nordic soundscape to haunting melodies and modern folk. Samoaja's full-length debut ”Landscapes” was released in 2017 and their sophomore album "Abyss" saw daylight in March 2020.

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Mumrunner

Mumrunner deal with aesthetics from contrasting aspects of sound: sometimes abrasive alternative rock melds with dream pop soundscapes that gives the impression of being otherworldly. ​The Tampere, Finland based band love to play loud but never forsake an interest in subtler dynamics which makes Mumrunner’s ambitions unique and special. Since their formation in 2015, they have released two ep's and a series of singles, which were followed by the album "Valeriana" in March 2020.

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Ghost World

Ghost World draws heavily from the 1990s fuzz-guitar oriented indie landscape, with names such as Dinosaur Jr and Sebadoh being the band’s personal idols of worship. Yet, judging by their second album "Spin" (2018) the band’s raw and emotional tone and their soulful approach proves they are much more than a mere time capsule from a time the band members themselves are too young to remember. Singles from Ghost World's upcoming third album show even more versatility.

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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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Pearly Drops

Pearly Drops (formerly known as Femme en Fourrure), the duo of Sandra Tervonen and Juuso Malin, crafs eerily haunting pop dirges. With concise and sparse compositional methods, ethereal vocal performances underlined by dreamy, precise synths and percussion, Pearly Drops are in the process of weaving - something made for keeping the hope inside and the unmeaningful at bay.

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PK Keränen

PK Keränen, best known from being the guitarist and founder of the band 22-Pistepirkko since 1982, is a a self-taught guitarist, singer, performing artist, composer and lyricist. His much awaited debut solo album "Serobi Songs" was released in 2020.

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Sätilä

Singer-songwriter Sätilä combines a fusion of alternative/indie music with rich pop soundscapes. Sätilä spent his formative years in an alternative rock band before moving to Sydney, Australia, where he studied songwriting and eventually he headed back to Europe to follow his own sound. His debut solo single "Always Will" was released in 2017, which was followed with the ep "Out of Love" in 2018 and another single "Like You Do" in 2019.

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Pintandwefall

The spontaneous hold on ideas, fearless grabbing of instruments, doubtless view on life and a stage presence to match have taken the masked quartet Pintandwefall through both Finnish and European music scene for the last thirteen years. The sixth Pintandwefall album was released in January 2020.

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Inka Upendo

Singer-songwriter and music producer Inka Upendo describes her electronic and quite experimental indie pop to be drawing inspiration from "underground rave subcultures and the events of young life". She released her first singles "Limbo", "Surya", "Beatiful" and "Waterworld" in 2019, which were compiled with three new tracks to form Upendo's debut EP "Samsara" in October 2019.

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Pink chameleons

Pink Chameleons are a new three piece band fronted by Black Lizard’s Paltsa-Kai Salama (Vocals & Guitar) with Antti Sauli (Bass) and Iiro Tulkki (Drums, Keyboards). Pink Chameleons were formed in 2016 and posit themselves as a Garage/Blues/Country Band, those broad strokes could take in a Pink Chameleons feeling for everything from The Stooges to Waylon Jennings – with the band’s indelible contemporary stamp on proceedings.

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Club De Lay

Club De Lay is a five-piece band playing pop rock with britpop vibes. The music is melodic and relies on electric guitars.

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NOOA

The story of Helsinki-based Synth pop newcomer NOOA started in 2016 when Noora Salmi moved to Rome and became acquainted with the drummer Ranieri Scoccia. During the year in Rome, Salmi and Scoccia played a lot in the same places and started making music together. The band's sound is equally influenced by 1970's prog rock as today's electronic pop music.

Grandmother Corn

Grandmother Corn is a youthful and funky indie rock foursome with a decidedly retro sound and approach. Established in 2015, they have released two independent albums and four singles. Between 2019 and 2020 Grandmother Corn toured in Finland and in the UK in support of their second LP “Don't Look Back”.

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Cats of Transnistria

Cats of Transnistria biulds slowly swelling guitar and violin feedbacks and melancholic melodies that bring to mind a feverish dream. Their mostly beatless and delicate music resembles something akin to the works of Slowdive, Cocteau Twins and Grouper.

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Lake Jons

Indie folk trio Lake Jons uses samples, simple and driving rhythms, delicate guitar progressions and powerful, soulful vocals as the pillars of their sound. After two ep's, Lake Jons released their eponymous debut album in 2018, which was recorded in an isolated cabin deep in the Finnish forest. A second album titled "The Coast" followed in 2019.

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Jaakko Eino Kalevi

In 2013 Finland's lo-fi indie pop singer-songwriter-musician-producer (and former tram driver) Jaakko Eino Kalevi became the first ever Nordic act signed to Domino Records. Two years after his eponymous Domino/Weird World debut (2015) he put out "Orbit Variations" with his friend Long-Sam as the band MAN DUO. "Out Of Touch" was released in 2018 and a new EP, "Dissolution" follows in November 2019.

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Tuomo & Markus

Tuomo & Markus is a new 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.

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Saaret

Saaret is a Nordic indie band from Helsinki. The band's sounds rely on synths, strings, rhythms and effect-washed guitars. In November 2019, they released their debut album that combines classical instruments, synthesizers and ambient landscapes to lyrics with ecological and feminist attitude.

The Hearing

The Hearing is Ringa Manner's (of Ruusut and Pintandwefall fame) solo project. When In Doubt Repeat These Words is the first single from The Hearing’s upcoming third album "Demian", out in September 2018. On stage The Hearing combines her warm vocal harmonies, arbitrary pop melodies, moving rhythms and her strong presence with skillful looping technique. Her sophomore album "Adrian" was nominated for Nordic Music Prize 2017.

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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. With his debut album coming in 2018, the world is about bear witness to a strange and unique shade of Soul, one only possible through this group of people.

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Peura

Peura is the stage name of Sonja Pennanen, an emerging indie pop singer-songwriter, who released her debut single The Art of Dying in early 2018. Peura's music is melancholic dream pop with electronic production, and she wishes to evoke grand feelings with her songs.

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Sophia Mitiku

Sophia Mitiku is a singer-songwriter and a self-taught guitarist who plays with live loops that build her sound to fill the room.

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