Finnish music? Any recommendations?
I'm open to all genres :)
Here are some Finnish artists that I listen to (who sing in Finnish as well):
Leevi and the Leavings
Rauli Badding Somerjoki
So many of the ones I listen to as well! I could also add:
Teksti-TV 666 (been to their concert, hehe)
Nykyaika (Helena is my favourite song of theirs)
Also, knowing the songs Käy Muumilaaksoon and Tunteisiin is a must:D
If you like punk, alt rock and/or metal, then I'd recommend a band called Apulanta to you! They have been around since the 90s and they started with punk but they have been through many genres. I like their 90s stuff more but some of the newer stuff is also pretty good. That's currently one of the most succesful Finnish rock bands :) Here's a video from 2000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AZpkj8TnxE
My Finnish indie faves: Paperi T, Ruusut, Vesta, Anna Järvinen (sings mostly in Swedish, but has an album in Finnish), Antti Autio, Eleanoora Rosenholm, Iisa, Itä-Hollola Installaatio, Kanerva, Karina, Knipi, Litku Klemetti, Maustetytöt, Pykäri, PÄÄ KII, Regina, Risto, Teksti-TV 666, Topi Saha, Ultramariini.
My Finnish pop faves: Chisu, Scandinavian Music Group, Johanna Kurkela, Irina, Katri Ylander, Olavi Uusivirta, Pariisin Kevät, PMMP, Vesala, Ultra Bra.
In no particular order! Some genre blending. Indie picks range from singer/songwriter to pop to punk.
I search the Finland Top 100 playlist on Apple Music and scroll over the finnish tracks (there's a lot of american music there) and I add the ones I like to my "Suomalainen räppi ja muut" playlist.
Or in Deezer, i listen, add to playlist and fave the finnish tracks, the system then gives me more playlists with finnish artists and rinse and repeat.
i like the rap/pop ones: Elastinen JVG Jenni Vartiainen BEHM (Can't listen to Tivolit on Apple Music :( ) Anna Abreu
There are the "one-offs" (i like the track but don't follow the artist) too.
AND! As it will "soon" be christmas again, I'd hint to you my christmas playlists.
Raskasta joulua is a collection of metal covers of christmas songs. This playlist is "very essential" as we Finns love metal music.
Harrasta & Rauhallista Joulua is a collection of devout and peaceful christmas songs. Properly speaking, they are not necessarily "religious" but as (probably) most christmas songs, those in the playlist also has references to bible and Christ.
If you're into classical music, the Lemminkainen Suite is based off of the story of Lemminkainen in the Kalevala (essentially a compilation of Finnish mythology and epics). The suite was created by Jean Sibelius (a Finnish composer), and he has a lot of other good songs/movements as well if you want to explore him further.
Some pop songs I like:
Behm - Hei Rakas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_FNd9iY9EE
Ellinoora - Bäng Bäng Typerä Sydän https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP_WN40cCz0
Ida Paul & Kalle Lindroth - Päiväuni https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0WeEixEJ8A
Jenni Vartiainen - Made in Heaven https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu5EvyUnpyc
Vilma Alina - Palasina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV3MhKzo1KE
ABREU - Teipillä tai rakkaudella https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qhrJGb9saQ
Best rock band is Eppu Normaali; Tasavallan Presidentti (prog rock); Piirpuake; Jukka Tolonen (fusion); Laika and the Cosmonauts (surf)
Modern Folk stuff (Instrumental): JPP; Ottopasuuna; Troka; Maria Kalaniemi; Helsinki Mandoliners; Pirnales; Jarmo Rompanen
Modern Folk stuff (with vocals): Värttinä; Gjallarhorn (vocals in both Swedish and Finnish); Hedningarna (early albums with the Finnish female singers); Me Naiset; Tallari; Koinurit; Wiime (Sami)
Anna Abreu is great for English speakers since most of her music is in English. I found and fell in love with several Finnish singers when they had clips from Vain Elämää - Kausi 2 on You Tube. Unfortunately it looks most of those were taken down, but you can still find all of the individual songs from it. If you like rap you definitely need to listen to Cheek and JVG has a great video with Anna Abreu in it. Also, who doesn't love the Finnish Raggae music of Jukka Poika?
Just discovered this Finnish Reggae playlist!
Jee! Minä olen nyt iloinen ja tanssin!
Finland has been my favourite country since I was a teen so this question is particularly dear to my heart :) I grew up obsessing about everything-Finnish and, of course, listening to Finnish music.
Since Finland is very well-known as a country which produces the most rock/metal bands per capita, it is no secret my taste revolves around that kind of music (of course, with some 'lighter' exceptions because nobody is perfect, haha).
My all-time favourite band is Apocalyptica, hence my [transformed] nickname. However, they play mostly instrumental music (cello rock/metal), only a few songs are with lyrics, and they usually are in English.
Other Finnish rock/metal bands that I adore are Stam1na (FI), Mokoma (FI), Amorphis (EN), Amoral (EN), The 69 Eyes (EN), HIM (EN), Charon (EN), Poisonblack (EN), Uniklubi (FI), Kotiteollisuus (FI), Maj Karma (FI), Herra Ylppö ja Ihmiset (FI), Negative (EN), Nightwish (EN), etc (FI means most lyrics are in Finnish; EN means most lyrics are in English; the list is written in no particular order and can be expanded but my memory span is limited at the moment :D)
Hope you'll find something for yourself, too!