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Origin Savonlinna, Finland
Genres Psychedelic folk, dream pop, ambient, lo-fi, experimental hip hop
Labels Fonal Records
Svart Records

Paavoharju was a Finnish musical collective of ascetic Christians[1] formed around two brothers, Lauri and Olli Ainala. They came to attention in 2005 when their debut album was highlighted as "Album of the Week" by popular publication Stylus Magazine.[2]

Their second album, 2008's Laulu Laakson Kukista (translates to A Song about Flowers of the Valley[3]) was selected by noted music website Pitchfork Media as a recommendation, and ranked 18th on Metacritic's list of the 30 best-reviewed albums of the year.[4]

The band toured the United Kingdom in mid-2007, playing shows in London and Bristol.[5]



  1. ^ "What the press says about Paavoharju" (PDF). Fonal Records. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Paavoharju". Retrieved 2008-06-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ "The Best Albums of 2008 So Far". Retrieved 2008-11-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Metacritic: Best Albums of 2008". Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  5. ^ "Paavoharju, Islaja at London and Bristol". The Finnish Institute. Retrieved 2008-06-13. [dead link]

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