It seems Poets of the Fall is alive and kicking, and still sounding like themselves. You know, that ambient rock sound of theirs. This is Daze, the first track released from their coming album Jealous Gods.

Have to be honest with you though, even though I love the makeup on singer Marko Saaresto, it has to be said: this music video is stretching the theme for way too long. The flaming climax should come earlier and maybe a video edit of the song would have been nice. This is almost five minutes long.

Nice to see the band is still active though.


It seems I have a few followers. 341 to be exact (19/8 2014). Nice! I hope you guys find something interesting on this tumblr o’ mine from time to time and that it enlightens and broadens the picture of the Finnish pop music scene in some sense.

I have also noticed that some of you followers seem to study Finnish, and some even study Swedish. I mostly link stuff in English from Finland, but from time to time I have something in the indigenous languages of my country. Mostly in Finnish, but sometimes in Swedish too. I should find something in the Sami and Roma languages as well, maybe even Russian, so there’s a challenge for me. As long as it’s music and from Finland it has a potential of being blogged here.

So here’s something new in Finnish, a track from the popular band Haloo Helsinki! They’ve been around since 2006, and their debut album came out two years later. They’ve grown in popularity with each album release and the fourth album, Maailma on tehty meitä varten (= The world was made for us), was their first chart topper and has sold over 40 000 copies, which makes it a double platinum album in Finland.

Right now Haloo Helsinki! is preparing to release their fifth album called Kiitos ei ole kirosana (= Thanks is not a profanity), and the first single Beibi sounds both familiar and new. It has that melancholic pop rock-sound one is used to with this band, but it seems they’ve mixed in some Pendulum-vibes on the drums. Drum’n’bass more or less. It would be very interesting to see how this works live, ‘cause that drummer will be sweaty as hell after that track.

Also, if there are any Bulgarians reading this it might be interesting to know that the video was filmed in some old ironworks in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.


More electronic dance music now as dj/producer Lenno released his new song called Wake Up on Friday, with The Electric Sons on vocals. Well, actually just the singer from the band, Andrew Miller.

It’s a feel good, upbeat, progressive house-track. Not really the nu-disco we’re used to hearing from Lenno, but still on a vibe that makes you smile. According to what I’ve read it’s composed with the thought of driving down to the beach on a summer day with good friends.

But who are The Electric Sons? A electro pop band from Atlanta in the US it would seem. On the rise it seems.


I already posted this song called Good Life when TJH87 released it on their Soundcloud-page, but now we have a clever video too. See if you can recognize all the album covers that float by there. This version of the song is almost two minutes shorter though.

In the end of the video it says "In Memory Of Stupido-Shop Record Store 1995-2014". That record shop, last address on Helsinginkatu 16 in a part of Helsinki called Kallio, has been central to many local record crate diggers and I am sad to hear that they had to close down due to economical difficulties. Finding classic albums or unknown greats in record crates often inspires great new music.


Mirel Wagner is gathering some exciting reviews and attention out there. Her second album When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day got premiered on NPR Music in the US, the UK music magazine Mojo gave it a full 5 out of 5, while Uncut magazine gave it 8 out of 10 and the American music webzine Pitchfork gave it a favorable 7.2-review.

I don’t think any Finnish indie artist has ever gathered this much attention in the world and being signed to legendary label Sub Pop probably has something to do with that. They recognized the talent in Mirel and now she’s under their wing, which is probably worth a lot as they probably get attention from all these prominent music medias mentioned above.

It is a bit sad to realize that making good and/or interesting music is not enough to make yourself heard. You also need connections to spread that music to the right ears, but I’m really glad Mirel Wagner has been presented with this opportunity and I hope it will last.

So check out the latest of her gloomy, dead, dead good (quoting the Mojo magazine review there) music videos. Here’s The Dirt.


This was a nice surprise. I started checking out the video for the song Love by Klubi77, an artist I’ve never encountered before. I had no idea what was coming and I actually was expecting some sort of Suomirock (basically rock music in Finnish) for some reason. Might have had something to do with the set up for the video and the guy who speaks Finnish in the beginning (he seems to be indirectly speaking to a job applicant).

But when vocalist Alexandra Lehti starts singing (in English) I woke up. This is actually poppy house/disco, a dancy-dance-dance tune with very nice vocals and refreshing guitar and saxophone bits included!

So who is this Klubi77? Well, his real name seems to be Perttu Kurttila, born 1990 in Helsinki. He’s also the drummer for melodic death metal band Tracedawn and seems to be a talented sound designer involved in commercials and the music of other artists!

He also seems to be the director for his own music video, which had a budget of zero euros.

This is a promising guy!

And the singer! Besides having a great voice Alexandra Lehti seems to be a popular Finnish blogger (sogoliveit.blogspot.com/).


Finnish duo TJH87, that’s Timo Juuti and Hector 87, are at it again with a great nu-disco groove. This time they have the American duo Gamble & Burke on vocals.

It’s called Good Life and this actually could be a soundtrack for a good life. Enjoy!


Finnish soul man Tuomo keeps on impressing, here with his latest single Girls from his fifth album The New Mystique.


Q
have u posted about mirel wagner yet? she's amazing
A

Why yes I have, at least three times I think. Her new album got 5 out of 5 in Mojo Magazine recently. Really looking forward to listening to it.


The Helsinki-based indie rock band Stockers! has had a new single out for some time now, but I was waiting for the music video and here it is. The track is called She’s Got My Love.