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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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. Despite being a rather fresh artist, his music has already been sampled by rapper Earl Sweatshirt, and can also be heard in multiple Netflix shows and a feature film. Oroza’s sensual and soft music has a dreamy, vintage atmosphere that could flow right out of an old transistor radio on a careless sunny afternoon at the beach.

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Inka Upendo

Singer-songwriter and music producer Inka Upendo describes her electronic and quite 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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Pink chameleons

Pink Chameleons are a new three piece band fronted by Black Lizard’s Paltsa-Kai Salama (Vocals & Guitar) with Antti Sauli (Bass) and Iiro Tulkki (Drums, Keyboards). Pink Chameleons were formed in 2016 and posit themselves as a Garage/Blues/Country Band, those broad strokes could take in a Pink Chameleons feeling for everything from The Stooges to Waylon Jennings – with the band’s indelible contemporary stamp on proceedings.

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Took

Took is a Helsinki-based indie pop artist and songwriter (Otto Knuutila) whose music combines light and dreamy guitar melodies to a playful sound world inspired by the 21st century indie pop influences.

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Pekka Laine

Pekka Laine is a Helsinki-based musician, songwriter, DJ and journalist.As a driving force of The Hypnomen, a band with a cult following, Laine has explored the world of instrumental music since the 1990s. In his intrepid journeys from primitive noise art to the spheres of soulful psychedelia, he now creates music with an electric guitar, the cosmic echoes tying together the primal 1960's space sounds, dub music and weird film soundtracks to form one futuristic continuum.

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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.

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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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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!

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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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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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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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Jonas and I

Jonas and I, a band formed around the duo of Jonas Ursin and Roope Hakkarainen, made their debut in 2016 with country-folk influenced album "These Days". Follow up came in 2021, when the Finnish band released the single "Shouts of the Coal Mine" from their upcoming second album – representing pop with its heart in folk and indie rock music.

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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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Black Twig

There’s always room for classic indie pop and Black Twig happen to make their brand very well. This Helsinki quartet should make you happy, if you’re into Pavement, Galaxie 500 or Kurt Vile – or generally just nice melodies and noisy guitars. You can check that out by digging into Black Twig's albums "Paper Trees" (2012), "Heliogram" (2014) and "Blaze on a Plain" (2016) – and a new one named "Was Not Looking for Magic" in February 2021!

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Milou

Milou is a pop singer-songwriter from Helsinki making music in French and in English. Her style combines electronic and acoustic elements with a touch of RnB – as well as clean melodies and unique harmonies where one can hear a combination of Nordic melancholy and French romanticism.

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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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Suad

Suad is a Helsinki-based artist with a cool, soft voice and years of experience in recording and performing. She has been appearing in projects such as Finns Uusi Fantasia to the UK producer Cantoma and in cooperations with Jaakko Eino Kalevi. Now Suad focuses on her solo career: her debut ep "The Call" came out in 2017 and has been followed with singles through 2019–2020. Suad's debut album is slated for release in late 2020 via Svart Records.

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Eva + Manu

Comprising of singer-songwriters Eva Louhivuori and french-born Manu Laudic, folk pop duo Eva & Manu started out in 2010, traveling around the world recording songs and releasing them in a blog. Their eponymous debut album saw the light of day in 2012 with big domestic success. It was followed by the album "Cinnamon Hearts" in 2014 and the ep "In the Woods" in 2019.

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NEØV

Dream pop band NEØV was formed in Juankoski by brothers Anssi and Samuli Neuvonen. NEØV's back catalogue is three albums deep: "Orange Morning" (2013) and "Dominique" (2015), "Volant" (2019). After reducing to the original duo of the Neuvonen brothers, NEØV's fourth album "Picture a Good Life" saw the light of day in January 2021, combining elements of dream pop, shoegaze and the more ambitious side of alternative rock.

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Ghost World

In the beginning of their career, Ghost World drew heavily from the 1990s fuzz-guitar oriented indie landscape: from bands such as Dinosaur Jr and Sebadoh. On their second album "Spin" (2018) the band’s raw and emotional tone and soulful approach grew by miles and 2019's "Altar" (officially filed as "mixtape") showed even more versatility.

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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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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 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.

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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Dwara

Born in Finland, Dwara is a promising London-based artist whose work is genre-bending yet current. Her childhood was spent traveling and living in different countries. Moving to London at 16, she has been collecting experience as lead singer in bands and backing singer to a multiple vocalists. She now paves her way as a solo performer in her own right.

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