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Punees (FI) – “Eyebombs”

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EYEBOMBS by p u n e e sTampere, Finland’s Punees don’t need concrete imagery to make great songs. “Eyebombs,” their most recent single, depicts beasts, monsters, and ghosts against a wiry barrage of eighth-note guitar chords. The contrast between the song’s unignorable, minor-key but not quite melancholic stomp and the abstractions of its lyrics make […]

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Coska (FI) – “1991”

Last year, nostalgia for the ’90s reached a massive pop music peak with Charli XCX and Troye Sivan’s “1999” song and video. The song is replete with references to boy band stars of days past, which the video matches with over-the-top costume design and choreography. It was so widely discussed and beloved that it became […]

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Jaakko Eino Kalevi (FI) – “People in the Centre of the City”

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Finnish artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi has been releasing music in some form or another for over a decade now, but full-length albums by him are relatively infrequent occasions. This Friday, he’ll release his newest, Out of Touch, via Weird World, the Domino Records imprint that also released his 2015 self-titled album. “People in the Centre of […]

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Tuomo & Markus (FI) – “Vanity Blinds”

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Happy album release day to Tuomo & Markus! The Finnish duo, whom we first encountered at SXSW 2017 and have since loved, today release their debut album, Dead Circles, via Grandpop Records. Tuomo & Markus (jazz/soul artist Tuomo Prättälä and singer-songwriter Markus Nordenstreng) are among the wave of artists not based in America that love Americana music. […]

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Tsembla (FI) – “Gravitating Bones”

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We’ve posted in the past about the greatness of Finnish avant garde ensemble Kemialliset Ystävät, but their genius goes beyond the work they do as a collective. It’s the music that their individual members make outside the fold that continues spreading the gospel of weird, wonderful sounds. That’s as clear as ever on the forthcoming release […]

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Nordic Spotlight Monthly Podcast – April 2018

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The Nordic Spotlight Monthly podcast for April 2018 is here! This time around, we’re looking ahead to albums being released this spring, including new ones from Iceage, Death By Unga Bunga, and more. Check it out here or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and take it with you everywhere. So Cool – Death By […]

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Kemialliset Ystävät (FI) – “Kuriton Painovoima”

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Don’t let the toothsome name of this Finnish musical collective throw you off the trail. Kemialliset Ystävät are the real deal. This project, led by Jan Anderzén, has been burbling and squelching around the international experimental scene since 1995, popping off on Stateside labels like Beta-lactam Ring and Secret Eye. But their latest album Siipi Empii […]

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Nordic Spotlight Monthly Podcast – March 2018

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The Nordic Spotlight Monthly Podcast is back! This time around, we are highlighting artists playing at this year’s SXSW Music Festival. Check out the stream below. Or click here to subscribe. Enjoy! PLAYLIST Idk Ariel – Shining (NO) Sassy 009 – Are You Leaving? (NO) L/O/O/N – More Time (NO) Summer Heart – We Are […]

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