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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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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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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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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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 with a debut album on the way. The band's sound relies on synths, strings, rhythms and effect-washed guitars.

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 first solo album Serobi will be released in early 2020.

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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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Inka Upendo

Singer-songwriter and music producer Inka Upendo describes her electronic and slightly 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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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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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 is slated for release 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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Cats of Transnistria

Opium, the title of Cats of Transnistria’s freshly released sophomore album is fitting: the trio’s slowly swelling guitar and violin feedbacks and melancholic melodies bring to mind a feverish dream, which resembles something akin to the works of Slowdive and Grouper.

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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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Oddarrang

Experimental Finnish band Oddarrang make a genre-defying sound, influenced by jazz, classical, world music and postmodern rock. Oddarrang’s fascinating mix of musical moods, traditions and their unusual instrumentation (trombone, cello, guitar, acoustic bass and drums) are gaining them more fans at every performance and album.

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Iron Country Sisters

Iron Country Sisters is a band formed formed in 2014 by three sisters Silja, Julia and Paula Rautamaa. The basis for the Sisters' music is americana, country and folk, with catchy melodies as well as sensitivity and beautiful harmonies. So far they have released a handful of singles and played shows with the likes of Steve N' Seagulls.

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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.

Pastis

Pastis is a five-man band from Helsinki drawing influences extensively from genres such as Merseybeat, 1990s Brit pop and rock as well as the current indie landscape. Pastis released their debut EP Four Stories in 2017, which was followed by the album "Cirles" in 2019. The band has already found their way into BBC's Steve Lamaq's show, among other accomplishments.

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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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Louie Blue

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Louie Blue, hailing from Turku, Finland, released his debut single "Confused" in June 2019. His sound is a mixture of electronic music, indie and r&b, influenced by artists like Goldlink, Kaytranada and King Krule. Still in his teens, Louie Blue plans to release more singles and eventually his debut ep before 2020 hits.

The Friend

The Friend originates from Turku, Finland. The musical essence of the band can be best described with such words as pop, dance, melodic rock and atmospheric tunes.

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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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