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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Underground Witch Rock

The dreampop band Underground Witch Rock draws inspiration from shoegaze, psych rock and neo soul. Their music combines sweet and dreamy tones into hypnotic grooves. Underground Witch Rock released their first EP "Water Talk" in 2017 gaining the attention of Finnish music medias. The band has been signed to Alt Agency since 2020.

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Telephone Romeo

Aleksi Skippari, the person behind the artist name Telephone Romeo, works as a creative producer, songwriter, mixer and sound engineer for artists especially in r&b and hip hop genres. In the last decade, Skippari was known as the lead singer and songwriter in the indie pop group Fresh Tides, but his latest solo project Telephone Romeo is mostly influenced by psychedelic alternative pop and rock and electronica.

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Nevala

Founded in early 2020 by Oliver Bentley, Emil Inberg, Sakari Soukka and Ossian Stadigh, indie folk quartet Nevala originated when the four musicians moved into a shared home. A year later, they signed a record deal with Swedish label Ninetone Records, and their debut single, Lover in the Dark, was released in June 2021. Since then, Nevala has released singles John & Mary, Aching Heart and Autotune, as well as theur debut album "Wastelands, Nevala", released in February 2022

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22-Pistepirkko

Formed in early 80’s in a small town called Utajärvi, 22-Pistepirkko is one of the early international success stories of Finnish rock, gaining attention across European indie music circles for over decades. The band is known for their original sound, taking influences from acts like Link Wray, they have been called the godfathers of Finnish garage rock. After a seven-year hiatus, 22-Pistepirkko returns with a new full-length album to be released in spring 2022.

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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 seventh Pintandwefall album has been released in February 2022.

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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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Early Signs

The indie project of producer & songwriter Petter Näse is a combination of tender songs and abstract ambient textures. Early Signs has released two singles in 2021 and 2022 and is currently working on an album visited by different musical talents from all around the world.

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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.

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Of Wild

The newcomer of 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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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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Verandan

Verandan is a project by Ville Hopponen (Cats on Fire, The New Tigers) formed in late 2015 around songs written by him. Aiding and abetting Ville on his adventure are Aleksi Peltonen (Puunhalaaja), Aki Pohjankyrö (Black Twig, LOVE SPORT), Kaarlo Stauffer (Black Twig) and Sampo Seppänen (Sofa Pets, Kynnet). Verandan's self titled debut ep saw the light of day in 2017 and has been followed by singles in 2020 and 2021.

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Pelagos

Striving from the city of Pori, Pelagos creates melancholic, minimalistic music with a romantic twist. The band describes their music as beach music from a ghost town. They’ve released an EP and two albums, the latest "The Boat" in 2021. Pelagos is formed by Teemu Elo, Petri Hagner, Janne Peltomäki and Mika Tamminen.

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