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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Baby Sweetcorn, Wojtek the Bear, Astral Brain and Treemer

Another quick round of music things I love. This Euro tour starts from Pori, Finland with a song from the new Baby Sweetcorn album He Laughs He Learns He Loves. They did some cupboard cleaning and recorded a bunch of great songs that had been gathering dust for reasons that remain a mystery. The reason sure wasn’t the quality of the songs, because there’s a lot of wonderful material on this album. My early favorite has been this one called Thousand Yard Stare, but do check out the whole thing by hitting the links on the bandcamp player. He Laughs He Learns He Loves came out digitally on Way Beyondo Records on the 15th of November. If you want it on vinyl, pre-order it here. The vinyl will not be sold afterwards.

Baby Sweetcorn at Facebook

Next we travel to Scotland and more precisely Glasgow. Wojtek the Bear still reminds me a lot of great former Finnish indie band Sister Flo, which is not a bad thing because I loved Sister Flo. This time they are channeling their inner Nigel Mansell on this gorgeous new single/video Some States that came out Scottish Fiction on the 22nd of November. Their 2019 singles are also now available as a limited edition vinyl called Old Names for New Shapes.

Wojtek the Bear at Facebook

On our way back home we meet up with Astral Brain in Sweden, Stockholm. This new band by Einar Ekström (Le Futur Pompiste) and Siri af Burén released their latest single Five Thousand Miles on the 6th of November. This is again pure indie gold just like the debut single.

Astral Brain at Facebook

Final destination on this roundabout is just a boat trip away in Helsinki, Finland. This is a most pleasant surprise return from the lovely people who once played in such Finnish indie legends like The Pansies. Their new band is called Treemer and they just released their debut EP Meeting on the 15th of November. So if you like some beautiful guitar pop with noisy hypnotic guitars and shoegazy vibes, check out the debut single The Great Void below and the whole EP on the streaming platforms.

Treemer at Facebook

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Iron Country Sisters, Erin Enderlin, Sarah Lee Langford and Kassi Valazza

A couple of these quick round up posts and then finally moving on to the EOTY lists. Not that I’m ever able to catch up, because I kinda missed a couple of months. Tonight this starts from Helsinki, Finland with some of the finest Finnish roots music. The long-awaited debut from Iron Country Sisters came out on the 27th of September on Soit Se Silti and it’s a great americana album with strong songwriting and exceptional singing. Iron Country Sisters is a roots trio of three actual sisters who share the lead vocal duties and back each other with stunningly beautiful harmonies. Here’s my new favorite Riverside along with the older favorite Go Slow. Both can be found from their new album The Blue Hidden In.

Iron Country Sisters Website
Iron Country Sisters at Facebook

Moving across the ocean to Nashville, Tennessee to hear a song from one of the best country albums of the year. Songwriter Erin Enderlin first released 4 EP chapters and then wrapped them together. The end result is an album called Faulkner County and it came out on the 1st of November. It’s a remarkable collection of beautiful country tearjerkers. I posted the videos for I Can Be Your Whiskey and Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn before, so let’s go with another brilliant song Broken on this little blog post. Such a heartrending song.

Erin Enderlin at Facebook
Erin Enderlin Website

A small trip down south to Birmingham, Alabama. The new Sarah Lee Langford album Two Hearted Rounder has also been in heavy rotation in this household. It came out on Cornelius Chapel Records on the 8th of November and is filled with excellent songwriting. Here’s a couple of personal favorites. A music video for the powerful song Big Women and another album outtake Watch Me. Hit the links on the bandcamp player to hear/buy the whole record.

Wrapping this night’s round up in Portland, Oregon with a revisit to Kassi Valazza’s album Dear Dead Days. There’s a couple of good reasons for this a) I still love it to bits and it’s one of my favorites of the whole year b) Amy Leona Havin directed a video for album cut A Fine Colour and it just surfaced a couple of days ago. I highly recommend checking out the whole thing, because this is a damn impressive record. Country, psych and Hazlewood and so forth.

Kassi Valazza at Facebook

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