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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Karina

The intriguing duo of Karin Mäkiranta and Helmi Tikkanen combines elements from Sufjan Stevens inspired 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, as well as support slots for the group Beirut in Luxembourg and Germany. Karina's second album is slated for release in 2020.

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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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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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Oddarrang

Experimental Finnish band Oddarrang make a genre-defying sound, influenced by jazz, classical, world music and postmodern rock. Oddarrang’s fascinating mix of musical moods, traditions and their unusual instrumentation (trombone, cello, guitar, acoustic bass and drums) are gaining them more fans at every performance and album.

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

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Iron Country Sisters

Iron Country Sisters is a band formed formed in 2014 by three sisters Silja, Julia and Paula Rautamaa. The basis for the Sisters' music is americana, country and folk, with catchy melodies as well as sensitivity and beautiful harmonies. So far they have released a handful of singles and played shows with the likes of Steve N' Seagulls.

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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.

Inka Upendo

Singer-songwriter and music producer Inka Upendo describes her electronic and slightly experimental indie pop to be drawing inspiration from "underground rave subcultures and the events of young life". She released her first singles "Limbo", "Surya", "Beatiful" and "Waterworld" in 2019, which were compiled with three new tracks to form Upendo's debut EP "Samsara" in October 2019.

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Lake Jons

Indie folk trio Lake Jons uses samples, simple and driving rhythms, delicate guitar progressions and powerful, soulful vocals as the pillars of their sound. After two ep's, Lake Jons released their eponymous debut album in 2018, which was recorded in an isolated cabin deep in the Finnish forest. A second album titled "The Coast" followed in 2019.

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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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Peura

Peura is the stage name of Sonja Pennanen, an emerging indie pop singer-songwriter, who released her debut single The Art of Dying in early 2018. Peura's music is melancholic dream pop with electronic production, and she wishes to evoke grand feelings with her songs.

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Saaret

Saaret is a Nordic indie band from Helsinki with a debut album on the way. The band's sound relies on synths, strings, rhythms and effect-washed guitars.

Louie Blue

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Louie Blue, hailing from Turku, Finland, released his debut single "Confused" in June 2019. His sound is a mixture of electronic music, indie and r&b, influenced by artists like Goldlink, Kaytranada and King Krule. Still in his teens, Louie Blue plans to release more singles and eventually his debut ep before 2020 hits.

The Friend

The Friend originates from Turku, Finland. The musical essence of the band can be best described with such words as pop, dance, melodic rock and atmospheric tunes.

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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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Jessi Frey

The former singer of industrial metal favorites Velcra, Jessi Frey released her first solo album on 23rd August 2019. Her music is described as synthpop that combines 1980s influences with synthwave sounds and gothic vibes.

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Club De Lay

Club De Lay is a five-piece band playing pop rock with britpop vibes. The music is melodic and relies on electric guitars.

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Sophia Mitiku

Sophia Mitiku is a singer-songwriter and a self-taught guitarist who plays with live loops that build her sound to fill the room.

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Pykäri

Mikko Pykäri is an Emma-award winning musician and music producer known from bands like Regina, Shine 2009 and Cup. In 2017 he started his solo career as Pykäri, when his self-titled debut album was released by Solina Records. He released his second solo album in 2019, preceeded by severals singles, including "2oo Close", where Pykäri links up again with his Shine 2009 partner Sami Suova.

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Death Hawks

After making a name as one of the top psychedelic rock acts in Finland, Death Hawks takes a step towards tranquil electronic pop drawing inspiration from the likes of Francoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, Aphrodite’s Child and Prince.

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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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Sans Parade

Sans Parade is a three-piece art pop band operating from Finland and Sweden, with attention to artistic detail and an altogether ethereal sound. Sans Parade has described their upcoming third album Fugue State as a "collection of contrapuntal voices that build and amplify and finally shatter into an ocean of noise".

K-X-P

The Helsinki based duo K-X-P is often described to have a "strong Krautrock element". The band consists these days of multi-instrumentalist Timo Kaukolampi and drummer Tomi Leppänen. K-X-P mixes electronics, kraut, noise, rock and even rockabilly into a hypnotic and minimalistic "motorik" groove with references to bands like Spacemen 3, This Heat, 23 Skiddo, Suicide and Neu!

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H.C. Slim

Evangelical visionary, and wayward preacher, H.C Slim calls forth revelations of pastoral love and rustic abandoned buildings. A man that spent his formative years smoking cigarettes and playing his guitar, between distilling moonshine in an old empty factory, his songs are both apocalyptic and illuminating, swelling between religious fervour and starless prophecies of biblical destruction.

NOOA

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

Onni Boi

The Helsinki-based electro pop artist first appeared in the scene in 2017 with his debut ep and an ethereal sound bordering on indie pop and house music. In 2019 Onni Boi came back with his second ep "They're Good But They're Not Funny Like You" (released on Lyktan Records) and a more synth pop approach, with even the occasional hint of r&b.

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Mio's Mountain

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

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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. With his debut album coming in 2018, the world is about bear witness to a strange and unique shade of Soul, one only possible through this group of people.

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Jori 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! Sjöroos will release his solo debut in late 2019.

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Swan/Koistinen

Swan/Koistinen unites two artists’ voices for a moment celebrating the importance of co-survivors (or thrivers/metavivors) and the power of sharing with others in similar situations. The songs, co-composed by Astrid Swan and Stina Koistinen, recorded and produced by Swan, are made of hospital atmosphere, human voice, electronics, piano and Canadian pop visionary Owen Pallett’s string arrangements.

Suad

SUAD is a Helsinki-based artist with a soft voice and years of experience in recording and performing. Her voice has earlier been heard in Uusi Fantasia’s album ”Top Ten” and in various cooperations with Jaakko Eino Kalevi, for example the track ”Deeper Shadows”. Now SUAD focuses on her solo career: her debut ep "The Call" came out in 2017 and will have a follow-up in 2019.

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