- Plastic Tones – Don’t Forget
- The Curfews – Rose
- Guggenheim-Projektz – Naapurin poika
- Ninni Forever Band – Tää ääni
- Mustat Kalsarit – Rakkautta
- Beatrix – Pumpkin
- Joni Ekman – Yöllä
- Dan Daniels – Going to the Ocean
- Jukka Nousiainen – Mielestä kaikki turha nyt pois
- Hulda Huima – Jalat laahaa
- Windmill Music – Love Arrives in Falling Leaves
- Terminal Orchestra – Fiver’s Plan
- Litku Klemetti – Sinä tiedät sen
- Wonderhorse – West Coast Fog
- Fungusmuscle – The Tickle Toad
- Joel Parkkila – Sad Enough for Two
- Itä-Hollola Installaatio – Thurston Moore
- The God Eaters – It Takes a Village
- Olimpia Splendid – Kalle kämmenellä
- Ostos – Rannalle (Jengi Hei)
- Sumuposauttaja – Entä nyt?
Julkaisija: Cudighi Records
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan, colloquially known as the U.P., is home to the highest concentration of Finns outside of Europe, with Finnish Americans forming 16% of the population. For many lucky enough to call themselves locals, the Finnish influence on the Yooper identity is ever-present.
While the U.P. and Finland have numerous ties that bind them, they share one clear commonality: the summers are absolutely perfect, a welcome reward after long, frigid winters. Höystö is both a celebration of summer and the bonds that Michiganders and Finns share musically and culturally – namely, a spirit of DIY and rugged individualism, genuine support within their artistic communities, and a playful persistence that permeates everything they do.
My goal was to bridge the cultures by showcasing talented people from the community I grew up in and juxtaposing Michigan artists with similar sounds from the Finnish music scene. It felt more like a thesis than a compilation – a way to prove there’s a shared spirit, a creative kinship, something similar in the water. Thankfully, the songs blended seamlessly, creating a ragout of care-free tunes from friends I cherish, musicians I admire, and artists I haven’t met but can tell are pretty great.
While Yoopers come from disparate backgrounds that move beyond the Finnish-American story – something highlighted on Höystö – they rally around the concept of ”sisu”, the Finnish word for extraordinary determination and grit. Yoopers, like Finns, maintain a spirit of stoicism in the face of adversity, whether that be from harsh weather, grueling work, or general world-weariness. This tenacity influences their play; it translates to a boldness in their art, a particular gutsiness against all odds, a ferocious passion with both purity and purpose, albeit a little rough around the edges.
This fight defines two communities separated by language and landmarks. It gives them stamina. It gives them a support system. Most of all, it gives them staying power.
Here’s to the sounds of sisu and endless summer.