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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 blens contemporary electronic souds with classic pop-rock anthems.

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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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Jutta Rahmel

Jutta Rahmel’s music combines modern electronic pop with the organic tones of the Finnish folk instrument kantele. Rahmel is an upcoming artist, who has gained wide recognition following her recent performances with chart-topping Finnish pop star Vesala. The singer-songwriter has a background in Finnish folk music and has been a member of the kantele and vocal group Kardemimmit for 20 years. She released her debut single White Smoke in November 2019, followed by the sparkly 80s influenced synth-pop song Oblivious in March 2020.

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Pearly Drops

Pearly Drops (formerly known as Femme en Fourrure) is the electronic indie pop duo consisting of Sandra Tervonen and Juuso Malin. With concise and sparse compositional methods, ethereal vocal performances underlined by dreamy, precise synths and percussion, Pearly Drops explain to be "in the process of weaving - something made for keeping the hope inside and the unmeaningful at bay".

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Grandmother Corn

Grandmother Corn is a youthful and funky indie rock foursome with a decidedly retro sound and approach. Established in 2015, they have released two independent albums and four singles. Between 2019 and 2020 Grandmother Corn toured in Finland and in the UK in support of their second LP “Don't Look Back”.

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KO:MI

KO:MI is a solo project of multi-instrumentalist Sanna Komi known from dozens of indie bands such as Pintandwefall, Kynnet, Cats Of Transnistria and Tuusanuuskat. KO:MI prefers her solo music to sound like "soundtracks of imaginary movies". The debut album "Songs of Them" was released in November 2017 and her second album "We Said We Didn't Know but We Knew" came out in November 2020 on Soliti Records.

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Nightbird

Nightbird (Anna-Stina Jungerstam) is a Fenno-Swedish singer-songwriter from Vaasa. After a few years in Sweden, while studying at Ella Music Nation and then being a part of a heavily touring bluesy rock band Mud Walk, she has settled down in Helsinki. Nightbird sings the soundtrack to sleepless nights, a blend of roots blues deep in mud, moon-gazing melodic guitars and velvet-voiced midnight jazz songs written under the influence of the delta pioneers and a fusion of American and Finnish folk. Her songs spin tales from the life of a rambling woman, finding her way back home.

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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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Ideomotor

Ideomotor is an electronic indie pop duo formed in 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. Taking flavorful aspects of indie, electro, 80s synth pop and 90s rock, Ideomotor wants to push the boundaries of genres. The duo's debut album "In and out of Time" (2019) took the band to international music blogs and on tour to countries such as Latvia and Vietnam.

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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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