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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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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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.

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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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 "Daughter" was released in 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" was 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 – "Pale Moon Rabbit"’s psychedelic bombast brings to mind Joensuu 1685 and The Flaming Lips. Lac Belot’s debut album "Abracadabra!" was released in 2018.

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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, was released in 2018.

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Ghost World

The guitar pop 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, judging by their second album "Spin" (2018) 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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Superfjord

Self-described as "Cosmic jammed-out psych rock", Superfjord has been likened to Pink Floyd, Can, Santana, Yes, Frank Zappa and Spiritualized by blogs and critics. The Helsinki based prog-space rock sextet led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Jussi Ristikaarto invaded the scene in 2014 with the debut album "It Is Dark, But I Have This Jewel", which was followed in 2018 by their sophomore effort "All Will Be Golden" (Svart Records).

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Mari Sainio

Helsinki based composer and producer Mari Sainio works in domestic and international concert, theater and film projects. In 2017, Sainio released her debut solo EP ”Tales”, which was followed by her first full length album "Minus 25" in August 2018. In her music, Sainio combines elements of classical music with cinematic melodies, electronic sounds and post-rock textures.

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New Silver Girl

New Silver Girl describe their sound as ‘psychedelic garage pop with a hypnotic pulse’. Their eponymous debut album was released by Soliti Records in 2018.

Kiki Pau

After 2013's release Pines, Kiki Pau has been on hiatus for half a decade. Their new album Hiisi is built from four long and winding compositions, which take their cues from folk, jazz, progressive rock, Krautrock and free improv.

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. The result, "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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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”. Dallas Kalevala's multifaceted debut record was released in 2019.

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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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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Pole Siblings

Pole Siblings is an actual sibling duo, consisting of Finns Sofia and Johan Stolpe, currently living in Falun, Sweden. The duo released their debut ep It Might Grow in 2017 on Strangers Candy Records, which takes clues from classic indie pop and dream pop equally.

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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 their third full-length named "Love" and a more stripped down and contemporary pop sound.

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