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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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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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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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. In 2021 she has released two singles named Thank You and Invisible Tears.

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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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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 return with new single “If I Was Gone”, and an the Drifted EP inspired by experiences of separation and resignation during the year 2020. Sin Cos Tan have established a classic partnership within the duo-format, with their great songwriting and cool synth sounds.

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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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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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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 single "Shy".

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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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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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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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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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Pink Chameleons

Pink Chameleons are a three piece fronted by Black Lizard’s Paltsa-Kai Salama (vocals and guitar) with Antti Sauli (Bass) and Iiro Tulkki (Drums, Keyboards) formed in 2016. Although they may pigeonhole themselves as 'garage/blues/country band', others might say otherwise. "It’s all fuzzy riffs and nods to power pop hooks that leave you with anthemic sing-along choruses you won’t get out of your head", writes the US blog Austin Town Hall about Pink Chameleons' 2021 single "Hot Dog" – which was followed by their debut album "Peace & Love" in May.

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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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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 a new single "Silvi's Dream".

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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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Janita

Even compared to icons such as Annie Lennox and David Bowie, the New York based singer & songwriter Janita blends together hunches of rock, jazz and pop on her new album Here be Dragons (2021). Previously known as a teenage popstar in Finland, Janita started her career singing in Finnish, but has switched to English after moving to United States. On her latest album Janita’s music has a new, more alternative sound compared to her previous production. Janita’s music leans on strong melodies and soulful vocal delivery as well as storytelling with thought out lyrics.

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Anni Pohto

The foundation of Anni Pohto's music is built on layers of old school songwriting and 90s hip hop. Being titled as "the Nordic Alicia Keys" her impeccable musical talent and breeze of good vibes make her a true Nordic star.

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Job

Previously known from the electronic popduo Shine 2009, Sami Suova has released his first solo album under the name Job. Carrying the same name as the artist himself, the debut album (2021) takes influence from British pop and creates a melancholic, nostalgic mood. The album is written, performed and produced by the artist himself.

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Sumuposauttaja

The Jyväskylä based Sumuposauttaja creates lo-fi electronic dance pop with loopers and Yamaha synthesizers. His music relies on danceable beats and has been described to operate somewhere between mainstream and alternative sounds. Sumuposauttaja released his latest album SP2ALBUM in 2021 which received a good reception from the critics. Sumuposauttaja aka Sami Aleksi Keinänen is also known from bands such as Litkuklemetti and Jari Raaste.

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Kontio Polaris

Kontio Polaris is an alternative rock band from Helsinki, Finland. They released their first single Brother in 2021, soon followed by another single Sleeping with the waves. The band itself describes their music as a mixture of band-driven music, gentle synths and modern effects and is actively working on new material to be released later in 2021.

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Ludalloy

Ludalloy is a shoegaze/spacerock trio taking influence from indie rock as well. Ludalloy was formed in 2018, in Seinäjoki, Finland. Their debut album Sine was released in 2021 with a good reception internationally and was even described as a mixture of Chapterhouse and Cathrine Wheel’s music.

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Colorblue

Colorblue, formed in 2014, consists of vocalist Mikko, guitarist Antti, percussionist Benjamin and bassist Oliver. On their new album "Beyond the Greatest Oceans", Colorblue blends contemporary electronic sounds with classic pop-rock anthems.

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