Taking place at the former Suvilahti power plant in Helsinki from 8-12 August, Flow Festival is not only set to return for its ninth year but is set to return with one of the summer’s best line-ups. A quick glance at the program reveals scheduled performances from Björk, Frank Ocean, Ane Brun, Chromatics, Nicolas Jaar, Sleep Over, St. Vincent, The War on Drugs and Feist but what it also promises is a whole host of incredible Finnish bands, some of whom we can hopefully draw your attention to below.
Not to be confused with the London three-piece of the same name, Helsinki’s Phantom are an electronic duo whose recent EP Scars is brimming with dark, delicate numbers like the one above.
Siinai with Moonface
This weekend promises ambitious musical offerings and Spencer Krug collaborations from Finnish krautrockers Siinai.
Pop noire at its finest, Lykke Li’s live shows are as theatrical and dramatic as the production on the Swedish singer’s most recent album would suggest.
Not many artists are as full of experimental whimsy and creativity as France’s Yann Tiersen, who has released seven records over nearly two decades. If evocative, gently folk influenced music is your thing this will be a rare treat indeed.
Oneohtrix Point Never
Having released his fifth album proper last year, New Yorker Daniel Lopatin’s Oneohtrix Point Never avant garde electronic project is a woozy dose of psychedelic drone music, a hazy analogue enthusiasts dream and just so not worth missing.
Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder endorphin inducing harmonies build and shift their way through quiet synth flickers before emerging as fully blown, richly textured euphoric affairs.
Swedish artist Jonna Lee’s album Kin is set to be released via To Whom It May Concern label on 3 September but you can watch the 45-minute related audio visual project as part of Flow’s Film line-up. This is certainly not to be missed.
There is not much to dislike about Burning Hearts easy to digest dream-pop, it’s inhabited by intoxicating female vocals, driven by taught bass lines and swollen with jangly guitars.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran play with classical sounds, infusing them with ambient touches and post-rock tendencies creating music of the most breath taking nature.
This mysterious Finnish trio make blissful ambient pop numbers, wrapped in glacial beats and distinctly romantic vocals.