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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. Only 10 months later they followed with the album "Afterlife" including the hit single "Limbo". 3rd album “Blown Away” was released in 2014 and the EP “Smile Tomorrow Will Be Worse” came out 2015. In 2021 Sin Cos Tan has released an EP "Drifted". Sin Cos Tan have established a classic partnership within the duo-format, with their great songwriting and cool synth sounds.

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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?

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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Verdura

Verdura introduces themselves as "a Finnish indie pop/rock band with warm baritone vocals, analogue synths, drum machines, sequencers and lush guitars". Between 2020 and 2022, Verdura has released a handful of singles that showcase the band's sophisticated, classic indie/dream pop sound.

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Karina

The intriguing duo of Karin Mäkiranta and Helmi Tikkanen combines elements from 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. Karina's second album "2" was released in February 2020. In 2022 they released the ep "Yhdessä" and announced going on an indefinite hiatus.

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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, finally released in 2020.

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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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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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why so shy

Why so shy is an indie band formed in Helsinki in 2020 by singer-songwriter Linda Ilves and music producers Ville Aalto and Samuli Kivelä. Their music flows somewhere in between indie-pop and electronic music, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of musical genres. Why so shy released their first two singles, "My Pace" and "(Before the) Morning Blues", in April and May 2022 with more upcoming singles to be released during May and June 2022.

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Ada Aik

A newcomer in Finland's experimental pop scene, Ada Aik moves between fantasy and realism. The alter-ego for musician Karin Mäkiranta, known from bands such as Karina and Babel, she produces electronic music that flirts with the uncanny valley effect. Her full-length debut ‘The Mysterious Life of Ada Aik’ is a concept album with each track representing a room in her dollhouse. With performing arts as one of her main interests, Ada Aik also creates these dollhouse rooms in her live shows as well as on her website.

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Bambi L.

Bambi L. (Maiju Lindell) creates electronic indie pop with an international sound. Her sound has been compared to the likes of Lorde and the artist herself describes her music as playful indie pop. After her debut “Hotel Sounds” (2019), Bambi L. has released a string of singles, and was featured on Aaron Salovaara's trap-flavored EDM track "Ape Shit". Her second single “Xtra Careful” (2020) was produced by King Kvng and featured rap artist Drama B.

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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.

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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Joose Keskitalo

Joose Keskitalo is an acknowledged Finnish songwriter who has released 10 albums since 2004. He is also part of the Paavoharju collective. Incorporating elements from both British and American folk traditions, "New Songs For Old Motifs" is his first album consisting of original material in English (although in 2019 he released an album of English versions of songs from his back catalogue under the moniker H.C. Slim). The songs on "New Songs For Old Motifs" range from the wistful to the ominous. One can also hear echoes of for example Leonard Cohen and Will Oldham. The arrangements are minimal and earthy, creating a quietly mesmerizing album.

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Rain Diary

Rain Diary is a synth rock band from Finland. Formed in 2006 by Joni Bitter (guitar, bass, programming), Teemu Rantanen (guitar) and Tommi Suomala (former lead singer), soon the band joined Tytti Kallioniemi (Keyboard, Synths, Vocals). So far they have released two albums: 2013's "The Lights Are Violent Here" and 2017's "Black Weddings". In 2018-2019, along with domestic gigs the band toured Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Czech Republic.

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Yournalist

Founded around 2010 by brothers Oskari and Santeri Ruohonen (Oskari also has a solo career under the monicker OSKR and does songwriting for many others artists as well) after their first band Traffic Island, and drummer Mikko Koskinen, Yournalist is a true foster child of the millennium indie boom. With a funky, danceable indie sound not far removed from the likes of MGMT, Phoenix or Empire of the Sun, Yournalist released two albums: "Horror and Terror" (2012) and "Plays Jazz" (2014). In 2021 the band announced its return with the single "Trap Name", which was followed by "Vintage Mama" in 2022.

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Pearly Drops

Pearly Drops (formerly known as Femme en Fourrure) is the electronic indie pop duo consisting of Sandra Tervonen and Juuso Malin. With concise and sparse compositional methods, ethereal vocal performances underlined by dreamy, precise synths and percussion, Pearly Drops explain to be "in the process of weaving - something made for keeping the hope inside and the unmeaningful at bay".

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Black Currants

Psychedelic rock band Black Currants was formed in 2020 by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Henrik Sundström and drummer/producer Niklas Finnäs. Their unique blend of rock music and ethereal dream pop-like soundscapes hide catchy melodic figures and genre-bending rhythmic ideas inside. The duo writes, records, mixes and produces all of the band's music and performs the majority of the parts themselves, collaborating with friends of the band for the remainder, with the intention of creating songs that inspire reflection and positivity.

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The Mike Bell Cartel

Helsinki-based The Mike Bell Cartel is a mix of things you will find on 1960's garage rock and pop records: guitars jangle, the fuzzbox growls, Farfisa organ howls and vocal harmonies echo. Signed to Beluga Records of Sweden, their debut lp “The Cartel & I" was mixed by Grammy winner Liam Watson of Toe Rag Studios, known for his work with Tame Impala, Supergrass and The White Stripes among others. The quintet brings forth melodic, energetic and moody garage for the 2020s – no moldy nostalgia or boring retro, but a distillation of the key ingredients of explosive and timeless rock’n’roll.

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Lone Deer Laredo

The duo of fashion designer / singer Paola Suhonen (Ivana Helsinki) and guitarist Olli Happonen (also known from the band New Silver Girl) released their americana-tinged folk debut in 2019. During the album process, they worked with US musicians like Chris Carmichael and Jim Hoke. It was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with legendary producer Brad Jones.

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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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