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 LCMDF, 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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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" Jaakko Eino Kalevi's second album for Domino, will be released in October 2018.

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Lac Belot

Singer-songwriter Jarno Takkumäki makes music under the moniker Lac Belot. Whereas his debut single "D ’n’ A" is built on warm production in the vein of 1960s pop – i.e. rich and lush instrumentation consisting of string arrangements, saxophone and piano to name a few – his second single "Pale Moon Rabbit"’s psychedelic bombast brings to mind Joensuu 1685 and The Flaming Lips. Lac Belot’s debut album comes out in autumn.

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Ghost World

The slacker quartet Ghost World draws heavily from the global guitar indie music scene of the 90’s, with names such as Dinosaur Jr and Sebadoh being the band’s personal idols of worship. Yet, 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.

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Involvers

Involvers is an indie rock quintet from Southern Finland, formed in late 2014. The band, fronted by vocalist Salla Seppälä expands their shimmering post rock guitars and rolling basslines with big, emotional synth walls and even an occasional saxophone riff.

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The New Tigers

Fuzz pop group The New Tigers are back with their third album, this time as a trio sans the drummer. Do Xao is the most playful, colourful and experimental, but also the poppiest and most catchy music the band has yet produced.

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Roan

Roan is a new melodic indie pop band from Helsinki. The group is signed to Japanese label Rimeout Recordings, which is also the home to bands such as Kakkmaddafakka and French Films.

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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.

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, recorded in Helsinki and Ireland's Rathcoole.

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Dallas Kalevala

Dallas Kalevala is a new band by Ville Malja (the lead man of alternative rock group Lapko) and sound artist Jussi Matikainen. The duo describe their electronic pop anthems fittingly as ”fierce subarctic pop music”.

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 too.

Lapsihymy

Lapsihymy is a young Helsinki-based producer who combines woozy lo-fi-indie with melodies similar to early 2000’s Four Tet.

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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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The Holy

Helsinki-based quintet The Holy rely on a massive sound (backed by two drummers!) and adrenaline-filled stage antics. Their brand of epic indie rock has been championed by bands such as The War on Drugs and Arcade Fire, but The Holy’s songs have enough potential to fill stadiums on their own one day. The Holy's debut album will be released in 2018.

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LCMDF

Finnish electro indie pop pioneers Emma and Mia Kemppainen have returned from hiatus with their new single Another Sucker. Sad Bangers, the duo’s second album will be released later this year.

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olli

olli describes his sound as: “3rd grade sleepover birthday party pop music.” Despite his young age (he just turned 18) olli has been actively making music for years now and he’s garnered a large and loyal fanbase on Soundcloud.

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Elifantree

Helsinki based Elifantree delivers an experimental musical trip on the border between improvised and pop music. They make songs with a razor sharp blend of social criticism, surrealism and unique sounds dipping into ambient and electroacoustic textures that creates a sound much larger and wider than the sum of their parts.

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Villa Nah

Helsinki based synth pop duo Villa Nah are known for their distinctive sound. By first making waves by with their debut LP Origin back in 2010, the band’s intoxicating blend of an 80’s inspired synth score fused with haunting vocals has become a hallmark sound of the Finnish indie scene. Duo's singer Juho Paalasmaa is also known from Sin Cos Tan.

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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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Karina

Karina combines elements from Sufjan Stevens inspired indie folk to 4AD-esque melancholic dream pop. The trio’s self-titled debut album, which was released in March, has received praising reviews from critics.

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Mio

Mio is the new solo project/alter ego of Mia Kemppainen (LCMDF). With a strong emphasis on the visual side, Mio delivers glossy electronic pop with inspiration stemming from artists such as M83 and Porter Robinson.

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