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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Pepe Deluxé

Pepe Deluxé, originally formed in 1996 as a downtempo/big beat outfit, is nowadays something completely different. Calling themselves an "inter-continental collective orchestra" the duo of James Spectrum and Paul Malmström makes really excessive music – think surf rock operas, rococo bubblegum soul or progressive lounge jazz musicals – with some of the rarest instruments found. And get their music placed on commercials for Adidas, Levi's and Angry Birds – to name a few.

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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 her 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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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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Color Dolor

Color Dolor, fronted by singer-songwriter Stina Koistinen started as an art pop five-piece in 2011. After two acclaimed albums, "Cuckoo in Clock" (2013) and "Wonderchild" (2015) Color Dolor returned in 2018 as a duo, consisting of Stina Koistinen and Nicolas "Leissi" Rehn with a more stripped down and contemporary pop sound. Their third full-length "Love" (2018) was awarded the coveted Teosto prize. In 2021 Color Dolor returned with a new singles "Shy" and "Underwater".

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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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FRANK FRANK FRANK

Band formed by Stina Koistinen (also known from Color Dolor), Anni Elif (also known from Elifantree) and Amanda Blomqvist combines the deepest essence of pop, rooted harmony singing and improvisation. Their music is inspired by such names as PJ Harvey, Feist and Arthur Russel. Since 2017 they have released five singles and an EP "Frida" in fall 2021.

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LiAURORA

LiAurora is a 19 year old singer & songwriter and producer from Helsinki, Finland. She released her debut EP in 2020 and her latest single Loud was released in 2021. Her music can be described as electropop and some of her songs have been compared to R&B artist Kelis as well as pop band Husky Rescue. LiAurora is also a dancer and a choreographer which has a great influence in her music.

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Jonas and I

Jonas and I, a band formed around the duo of Jonas Ursin and Roope Hakkarainen, made their debut in 2016 with country-folk influenced album "These Days". Follow up came in 2021, when the Finnish band released the single "Shouts of the Coal Mine" from their upcoming second album – representing pop with its heart in folk and indie rock music.

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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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Joy Regwan

Joy Regwan is a singer & songwriter whose music blends together danceable pop, rock and jazz vibes. After the release of her debut album Tästä taivas alkaa (2020), she was described as an artist with an organic sound. Regwan writes songs in Finnish and in English and combines serious themes with a hunch of self-irony. Her first album with songs written in English called Painting my Own Colors was released in 2021.

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Al Fama

Al Flama is a band that makes rough and feisty music with a raw attitude. Bass, drums, and percussions play a major role in Al Flama’s sound. On top of them is added a little guitar with raunchy vocals and the package is ready. Founded in Helsinki in 2016, the band has carefully taken over the local live scene.

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Eva + Manu

Comprising of singer-songwriters Eva Louhivuori and french-born Manu Laudic, folk pop duo Eva & Manu started out in 2010, traveling around the world recording songs and releasing them in a blog. Their eponymous debut album saw the light of day in 2012 with big domestic success. It was followed by the album "Cinnamon Hearts" in 2014 and the ep "In the Woods" in 2019.

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Julia Clara

Hailing from the Åland Islands, the rare middle land between Finland and Sweden, Julia Clara’s melancholic dark pop-music takes influences from the surrounding natural beauties of the forest and crashing of the ocean’s waves.

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Knife Girl

Knife Girl (Lili Aslo) was formerly known by the artist name “olli”. Knife Girl produces instrumentals 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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Fabianossa

Fabianossa, also known as Elias Fabian Durac from Turku combines the modulated slacker pop guitar sounds with splashy drum beats creating interesting indie rock that has been referred to The Strokes.

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Linear John

After playing in numerous bands, including Eternal Erection and Lightboxer, Markus Holkko has released his debut album under the name Linear John. On his second album Double Parade (Agogo Records) Linear John continues with his mixture of wayward pop and jazz with influences ranging from electronics to avant-garde.

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Cyril Awakens

Cyril Awakens is a Finnish multidisciplinary band producing forward-thinking electronic pop with dance music influences. Inspired by the multifaceted realm of Internet, glitched out graphical forms and everyday life, their music is a mixture of new and old combining drum machine beats, melancholic melodies and beautiful soundscapes. The band consists of singer/composer Konsta Koivisto, drummer Lauri Suutarinen, DJ/percussionist/producer Juho Kavasto and visual performer Tuomas Alahäivälä.

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YSI

YSI, a field unified in Helsinki, is Tuomas Soppela’s musical project. YSI’s music has been described as longing, meditative and even spiritual music mixed with pop aesthetics. YSI's latest release Windstopper (2021) includes shoegaze-guitars and mystical phonetic-based lyrics.

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NOOA

The story of Helsinki-based Synth pop newcomer NOOA started in 2016 when singer 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.

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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. His debut album "Folk" was released in 2018 to critical acclaim. The album was awarded the distinguished Teosto Prize in 2020.

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Irene

Singer-songwriter IRENE (Jutta Irene Ruonansuu) released her debut single "Keep on Walking" in 2017. In her own words, she crafts "raw, sensual and autobiographical nordic art pop tunes" – which there has been a good handful in the recent years, all released independently. With a training in classical piano and a master's degree in literature, Irene writes, composes and co-produces her music herself. This year, she is planning to release her debut album.

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Burning Hearts

Indie pop stalwarts Jessika Rapo and Henry Ojala teamed up to form the shambly, synthy duo Burning Hearts in 2006. Since day one, the duo has created a buzz in blogs and music media such as The Fader, Allmusic and VICE. Their debut full-length, "Aboa Sleeping", was released on the Shelflife label in 2009. It was followed by second album, "Extinctions," in 2012 and a third one named "Battlefields" in 2017. In 2021 Burning Hearts returned with a new single titled "Where I Belong".

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Pastel Stereo

Influenced by indie acts such as 1975 and 5 seconds of summer, Pastel Stereo’s music can be described as alternative pop. The band was formed in 2017 and found by producer Colin Brittain in 2019 with whom they have released two singles in 2021. According to the band, their debut single Disappear tells a story about change and is inspired by singer Eemeli’s own experiences. The other members of the band are Mikael on guitar, Leo on bass and Aslak on drums.

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GEA

Award-winning artist GEA toured three continents in the fall of 2019. In 2017, she earned Hollywood International Golden Films Award for “Best Editing” for her first self-produced music video. Her music has also been featured on Netflix. Yet, her boldest move is her upcoming album, Call For A Snake, which the artist describes as a Qstirring and soothing album that invites the listener on a spiritual adventure". The album was produced by Grammy and Juno award-winning producer Chris Birkett who has collaborated with such icons as Talking Heads, Quincy Jones, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Steve Earle.

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