TOP 25 Finnish Albums of the Year 2019

Starting with this pointless year end routine. So between now and Christmas, there will be a lot of lists. Well at least unless this flu really kicks in badly. I will do these rather quickly this time and don’t write a lot of ramblings, because a) life has been hard for a couple of months and I just want to get these done b) the music matters not the ramblings. I’m starting with the Finnish albums of the year. It was a great year and I could have easily come up with at least 10 more that I really liked. There’s some sort of vague order, but the numbers are mostly there to just help me count to 25 with my non-existent math skills. So don’t focus on them too much, because depending on a day any album could move like seven places up or down and even flipping it upside down wouldn’t make much of a difference. Music is love and not a competition and every year I think about moving on to unranked version. Still I feel that even the vague order can be helpful to the reader. Especially because unlike myself, some folks have a life and don’t have time to listen to all and everything and my lists tend to be on the long side.

There will be a playlist of Finnish music when I make the songs of the year list. This ongoing playlist will have songs from most of these, but some might be missing because I haven’t updated it as well and frequently as I should have. Anyway, here’s 25 Finnish albums that I loved during 2019. I hope I didn’t forget anything important.

25. Pasi Salmi – Preerian upottaa kuu (Way Beyondo Records)

Pasi Salmi at Facebook

24. M – Näytän missä asun (Solina Records)

M Website

23. Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly – Hämeen lauluja (Kihtinäjärvi Records)

Anne-Mari Kivimäki at Facebook

22. Knipi – Knipi (Fried Music)

Knipi at Facebook

21. Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki – Viisi vuotta myöhemmin (Soit Se Silti)

Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki at Facebook

20. Pekko Käppi – Finnish Folk Songs Vol 1. (Helmi Levyt)

Pekko Käppi Website

19. Joose Keskitalo – En lähde surussa (Helmi Levyt)

Joose Keskitalo at Facebook

18. The New Magnetic North – Letters on the Floor (self-released)

The New Magnetic North at Facebook

17. Antti Autio – Pihalla tuulee taas (Soit Se Silti)

Antti Autio Website

16. Baby Sweetcorn – He Laughs He Learns He Loves (Way Beyondo Records)

Baby Sweetcorn Website

15. Litku Klemetti – Ding Ding Dong (Luova Records)

Litku Klemetti at Facebook

14. Lokit – Lokit LP (Joteskii Groteskii / Combat Rock Industry / Roku Records)

Lokit at Facebook

13. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Maapallon hautajaiset (Lumpeela julkaisut)

Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus Website

12. Verões – Verões (self-released)

Veroes at Facebook

11. Hullu Ruusu – Rehab (Helmi Levyt)

Hullu Ruusu at Facebook

10. Salaliitto – Puolet (Soit Se Silti)

Salaliitto Website

9. Viitasen Piia – Meidän jälkeemme hiljaisuus (Texicalli Records)

Viitasen Piia Website

8. Maustetytöt – Kaikki tiet vievät Peltolaan (Is This Art!)

Maustetytöt at Facebook

7. Hulda Huima – Maa (Helmi Levyt)

Hulda Huima at Facebook

6. Iron Country Sisters – The Blue Hidden In (Soit Se Silti)

Iron Country Sisters Website

5. Sur-rur – Hattarahiukset (Joteskii Groteskii / Roku Records)

Sur-rur at Facebook

4. Räjäyttäjät – III (Ektro Records / Räjä Records)

Räjäyttäjät at Facebook

3. Liila Jokelin – Kaamos on huono esileikki (Helmi Levyt)

Liila Jokelin at Facebook

2. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Keitä me olemme (Texicalli Records)

Kielo Kärkkäinen Website

1. Ylva Haru – Linnut (Soit Se Silti)

My favourite Finnish album of the year 2019 is Linnut by Ylva Haru. It came out in early January and stayed with me throughout the year. This beautiful folk album resonates with me deeply and gives me a lot of those this is exactly how I feel moments and (or even more so) this is how I should feel moments. An absolute treasure of an album.

Ylva Haru Website

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