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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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".

Lake Jons

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

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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

The Dark Ride Brothers

The Dark Ride Brothers are a Finnish-German band founded in 2014 by Sven Langbein and Vesa Winberg. By now, the Brothers, playing their own brand of country-tinged rock, have played numerous gigs on a broad variety of stages, from tiny bars to major events and festivals across Europe. The Dark Ride Brothers' debut album "Join the Ride" was released in spring 2019.

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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 will release 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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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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Plastic Tones

DIY power pop foursome Plastic Tones have been describes as "Blondie meeting up with Thin Lizzy in New York ´76". The Helsinki based band released their debut album "Wash Me With Love" in 2017 on Svart Records and a follow-up will be out in 2019.

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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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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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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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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.

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. One the album, 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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The Lieblings

Following the tradition of The Posies, Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads and Redd Kross, Helsinki's fuzzy power poppers The Lieblings released their debut album "Take Us to Your Leader" in 2013, which was followed by "Let Them Have It" in 2017. In 2019 the band returned with the single "Girl on the Run"

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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, recorded in Helsinki and Ireland's Rathcoole.

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White Balance

White Balance is a Helsinki based electropop duo comprising of vocalist Maaria Nuoranne and producer Ilari Heinilä. Their music takes you to a world where danceable, pulsating beats meet comforting vocals and dreamy melodies.

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Vuono

Vuono, a quintet of five experienced musicians – Pauliina Lindell, Petteri Rajanti, Toni Hietamäki, Jussi Lehtivuori, and Antero Huttunen – come from varying backgrounds (Oranssi Pazuzu, Motelli Skronkle, to mention a few) with the idea of approaching pop music from an organic but non-conventional angle.

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Nicole Willis

The music of Brooklyn-born Nicole Willis has been described an urban fusion of soul, jazz and funk. As a creative soul, she is inclined to break down traditional barriers. She is constantly searching for new sources of inspiration to make her music novel and exciting. Willis is best known from her collaborations with The Soul Investigators and Jimi Tenor. Her latest mini album “My Soul Sensation” was made in collaboration with Banda Palomita.

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NEØV

Dream pop trio NEØV was formed in Juankoski by brothers Anssi and Samuli Neuvonen. So far NEØV has released two albums, "Orange Morning" (2013) and "Dominique" (2015). Their third record "Volant", slated for release in 2019, has been described to combine precious arrangements, fragile guitar work, enticing loops and beats, echoing piano.

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