After relocating to Vienna, Finnish songwriter Robin Pahlman has been working on a series of acoustic, folk, heartfelt home recordings which now form his debut self-titled EP released by Berlin-based label Monkey Records.
While Pahlman tours Europe supporting the EP release, you can stream below this beautiful collection of songs. If you like them songs (and you should), go to iTunes and download the EP for just the price of cafe latte in Helsinki.
Folk rockers Ochre Room release an outstanding debut album back in 2012, in which they explored Americana sounds with a touch of traditional Finnish melancholy. The sixth-piece band is already preparing a follow-up scheduled for a spring 2014 release. The video below is the first taste of that album and the band seems to travel to Nashville to pick up a sweet country melody.
You may or may not know who Aulis Sallinen is, but he is one of the greatest Finnish contemporary classical music composers with six operas and eight symphonies, composed over a 50 year long career. Far from Finland, Ruut, one of his granddaughters has deviated from the family’s classical music tradition and embraced a style closer to the greatest American songwriters from the 60s and 70s like Carole King and Paul Simon. At a very early age, the songstress left Finland and travelled the world until moving to the States when she was 16. Nowadays she lives in Baltimore, from where she is resuming her musical career after motherhood, with a new album, called Glimpse. It is classic piano girl with sweet vocals delivering an elegant arrangement leaning on indie folk sounds.
Listen to Ruut’s new album title track below and read a short Q&A in which she remembers Finland from across the Atlantic.
What can you remember about your childhood in Finland?
There are so many beautiful memories I carry with me from growing up in Finland. I still miss the summers, swimming in the clear, green sea, picking wild blueberries and of course, the sauna.
My best memories are from the Finnish countryside where my grandmother’s house is. That still feels like home, and I’m trying to recreate it for my kids here in the States.
Do you follow any Finnish music?
I’ve been listening to Juno, especially the single he released featuring Janna. I love hearing Finnish rap! I think The Rasmus is a great band. There are also a lot of new artists I’m just getting to know.
What influences have you picked up from your family, which comes from a classical music background?
Growing up, my parents would rehearse at home constantly, so hearing live music was just a normal part of life. My parents instilled an appreciation for classical music in me, and listening to my grandfather’s music makes me realize I get a lot of my musicality from that heritage. But seriously, sometimes I have to check my passport, because American singer/songwriters from the 1960’s and 70’s have influenced me so much.
Ahead of his show at Flow Festival today, you can check out below the new video by Noah Kin. The young Finnish-Nigerian rapper/producer from Helsinki might only be 19-year old, but he was already released two albums and is working on a third one set for an autumn release. Kin is one of the rising stars in the increasingly busy Finnish rap scene.
It is past the 15th of this month, so we must listen to a new edition of the world’s greatest mixtape. We have 34 new songs from all around the world. This month, Constables represents Finland with a fresh summer song.
The ever lovely folk trio Statues Made of Matchsticks visited a local library in Helsinki to record a new song for the Luomustudio series. It’s On My Way features a sweet (and catchy) melody and the trio’s usual combination of banjo, acoustic guitar and harmonica. It’s just a folk song, and I like it.
From the west coast of Finland, in Turku, The Kobra Kicks deliver a playful summer song as the first taste off an upcoming debut album. Krokodil is a guitar driven indie rock song with high energy and lo-fi vocals, attractive enough to make you dance. Influenced by The Libertines, Joy Division and Interpol, it will be interesting to see what the band will offer in the next months.