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OriginSavonlinna, Finland
GenresPsychedelic folk, dream pop, ambient, lo-fi, experimental hip hop
Years active2000-2013
LabelsFonal Records
Svart Records
Past membersLauri Ainala
Olli Ainala
Toni Kähkönen
Jenni Koivistoinen (singer)
Joose Keskitalo (songwriter, trumpet)
Emmi Uimonen
Paper-T/Henri Pulkkinen (rapper)

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]

2008's Laulu Laakson Kukista, their second album, (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]



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Maxi Ranskikset EP (self released, 2002)
  • Minä ja kapteeni/Onni – Joose Keskitalo & Paavoharju, 7" single (Helmilevyt, 2005)
  • Tuote-akatemia / Unien Savonlinna EP (Miasmah, 2006)
  • Uskallan 7" single (Type Records, 2006)
  • Laulu laakson kukasta, MP3 EP, (Fonal Records, 2008)[6]





  1. ^ "What the press says about Paavoharju" (PDF). Fonal Records. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Paavoharju". Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2008.
  3. ^ "The Best Albums of 2008 So Far". Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Metacritic: Best Albums of 2008". Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Paavoharju, Islaja at London and Bristol". The Finnish Institute. Retrieved 13 June 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Paavoharju at". Discogs. Retrieved 17 March 2018.

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