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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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.

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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Sans Parade

Sans Parade is a three-piece band from Finland and Sweden. Stylistically, the music of Sans Parade is characterised by strong vocals, highly orchestral, lush instrumentation and swooning pop hooks; violins, cellos, brass section and more exotic acoustic instruments seamlessly mixed together with traditional analog synthesizers.

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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.

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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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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Swan/Koistinen

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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