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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Otta

Finnish-British singer otta released her debut ep "After It All Blew Over" in early 2020. In July it was followed by another EP named "Songbook", written, recorded, produced, engineered and performed by otta herself, with additional production and mixing by producer Kwes, known from his music on Warp Records and productions for many international stars. Otta's music is intriguing bedroom pop with minimalistic, electronic production, lo-fi tendencies and strong focus on otta's vocals.

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Kairon; IRSE!

Formed in 2009 by four inner-space travellers from western Finland, Kairon; IRSE! is a rare bird, near-impossible to classify. The Wire describes their music as a “viperous cocktail of space rock, Greg Lake-era King Crimson and free jazz”.

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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. 2019 Tenor released an ep with another Finnish electronic music mainstay, Freestyle Man (a.k.a. Klas Lindblad or Sasse) on the famed Swedish label Studio Barnhus.

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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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Suad

Suad is a Helsinki-based artist with a cool, soft voice and years of experience in recording and performing. She has been appearing in projects such as Finns Uusi Fantasia to the UK producer Cantoma and in cooperations with Jaakko Eino Kalevi. Now Suad focuses on her solo career: her debut ep "The Call" came out in 2017 and has been followed with singles through 2019–2020. Suad's debut album is slated for release in late 2020 via Svart Records.

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RULES

Rules is a Helsinki-based indie synth duo that weaves depth into their sweet and shameless pop-tunes. The lyrics are based on characters from world literature, filling gaps, offering new perspectives and bringing forth silenced voices. The band consists of Sarra (synth, guitar), Iiti (synth, vocals) and Oskari (drums).

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Sjöroos

Musician and producer Jori Sjöroos is locally best known for producing the highly succesful Finnish band PMMP. With his own music he’s tackled a wide array of genres, ranging from atmospheric shoegaze-pop (Magenta Skycode) to electronic adventures (Fu-Tourist) and funeral doom (Thergothon) – besides composing songs for a musical about LGBT icon Tom of Finland!

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Babel

Babel plays dreamy electronic, indie pop that builds a bright world where one can escape to. The duo consists of Karin Mäkiranta (also known as other half of Karina) and songwriter-producer Mikko Pykäri (known from the indie pop band Regina, as well as his solo career).

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oona

Oona began making music at the age of 18 with the monicker olli, actively garnering a large and loyal fanbase on Soundcloud. In 2020 they started "a vehicle for a new pop-oriented sound, an expression of a different kind of music, as well as an idea that plays with different concepts of identity and gender", releasing the debut oona single "iDie".

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feelswithcaps

Feelswithcaps is an electro pop group consisting of singer and songwriter Sofi Meronen, keyboardist Mikael Myrskog as well as drummer and producer Aleksi Kinnunen. They deliver infectious indie pop with a sliver of Nordic melancholy.

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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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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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LOVE SPORT

Love Sport is a four-piece rock band from Helsinki. Their sound could be described as timeless guitar driven indie rock.

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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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Took

Took is a Helsinki-based indie pop artist and songwriter (Otto Knuutila) whose music combines light and dreamy guitar melodies to a playful sound world inspired by the 21st century indie pop influences.

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Death Vogue

Death Vogue is a Finnish post-punk band by Vertti Virkajärvi, Juha Ilmari Laine and Joni Koukku. In their music, post-punk meets 80's gothic pop and rock.

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Dwara

Born in Finland, Dwara is a promising London-based artist whose work is genre-bending yet current. Her childhood was spent traveling and living in different countries. Moving to London at 16, she has been collecting experience as lead singer in bands and backing singer to a multiple vocalists. She now paves her way as a solo performer in her own right.

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Colorblue

Colorblue, formed in 2014, consists of vocalist Mikko, guitarist Antti, percussionist Benjamin and bassist Oliver. On their new album "Beyond the Greatest Oceans", Colorblue blens contemporary electronic souds with classic pop-rock anthems.

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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 "Circles" in 2019. The band has already found their way into BBC's Steve Lamaq's show, among other accomplishments.

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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 returned with a new Swedish-sung album in 2020.

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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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Jesse Markin

Jesse Markin is a Liberian-born singer-songwriter from Finland. Before his solo career, Markin was the vocalist in the band The Megaphone State, which produced three acclaimed hip hop albums. As a solo artist Markin takes leaps forward both musically and thematically and broadens his expression from rapping to singing.

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Dear Moon

Dear Moon is an electro-rock group from Kuopio, Finland. Their debut single "Queen of Silence" was released late 2019 with critical acclaim.

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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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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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