“Jonna Karanka is uniquely imaginitive and mesmerizingly inquisitive sound- and songmaker. It is never possible to say if she is following a vision or just taps along to what is coming from her unconscious. Probably both. Her songs and tracks are dreamlike, of an eerie beauty and seem to work out of themselves with ease.“  
Cracked review

“I have all her records. She’s fantastic. She’s amazing and cool and strange.”

Henry Rollins


“Someone tell that woman to shut up.”
Unknown internet user 


Kuupuu is the solo-project of Finnish visual artist and musician Jonna Karanka. Her records have been released on such labels as EM Records (Japan), Time-Lag Records (USA) and Dekorder (Germany). She has performed in KRAAK Festival (Brussels), ISSUE Project Room (NYC), Flow Festival (Helsinki), Fylkingen (Stockholm), Museo do Chiado (Lisbon) etc. She also plays in Olimpia Splendid (best stoner shit with Heta Bilaletdin and Katri Sipiläinen), Black Bikini (underwater dreamland sounds with Pentti Dassum), Hockey Night (free jazz for fun with Arttu Partinen, Sami Pekkola and Jaakko Tolvi) Kukkiva Poliisi (polyrhytmic kantelecacophony - or techno, who knows - with Johanna Ketola, Annika Lintervo, Johanna Lonka, Inka Yli-Tepsa) and Hertta Lussu Ässä (dream trio with Merja Kokkonen and Laura Naukkarinen). She has also made sounds with Avarus, The Anaksimandros, Way of the Cross, Kemialliset Ystävät and IAX.

Kuupuu was born in the early 2000s when four trackers started to be in fashion again and the inspiring spirits of Tampere underground (Avarus, The Anaksimandros, Islaja and Kemialliset Ystävät, to name a few) were labouring magical tunes next door. Almost 20 years later Kuupuu is still swimming in the lake of muddy dream-pop, found sounds, loops and electro-acoustic hiss & bliss.

Her latest album Plz tell me is a self-released (now sold-out) tape and digital release. The Belgian record label KRAAK will re-issue the record (with few new tracks) as a vinyl album in the fall 2020.



︎ Kuupuu interview for the Avant-guardian 
︎ Olimpia Splendid live at Sonic City 2017
︎ Al Jazeera documentary on “Finland Forest Folk”



KUUPUU DISCOGRAPHY
PLZ tell me, tape & digi, self-released, 2019 Balsam / Rat Baby Baby, 7” ep, Vauva, 2015
Sisar, LP, EM Records, 2013
Sous juju, 2 X CD, EM Records, 2013 Kuupuu / Umpio, split tape, Nekorecords, 2012 Spring High Spiritual Spree Spray Ray, tape, Cabin Floor Esoterica, 2010 Kuupuu live 19.11.2009, CD, Unsound Recordings, 2010 Lumen tähden, CD & LP, Time-Lag Records, 2009 Kuupuu / Smack music 7, split tape, Threshold Tapes, 2009
Tinakenkälurtta, tape, Lady Garden, 2008
Tour musik, cdr, self-released, 2007
Unilintu, LP, Dekorder, 2007
Yökehrä, LP, Dekorder, 2006
Kulta sulka, cdr, self-released, 2005
Illusia, 7” ep, Time-Lag Records, 2005
Hätä hotilla, cdr, self-released, 2005
i can walk the dark, 3” cdr, Foxglove, 2004
Kevätlauluja, cdr, self-released, 2004
Sateen suutelemat, tape, Nidnod, 2004
s/t, cdr, self-released, 2003
ALSO APPERING ON:
KEMIALLISET YSTÄVÄT: Siipi empii, LP, Ikuisuus, 2018
V/A: Neptunalia, LP, Ikuisuus & Lal Lal Lal, 2018
OLIMPIA SPLENDID: s/t, CD & LP, Fonal Records, 2015 BLACK BIKINI: s/t, CD, Musik Atlach, 2015HOCKEY NIGHT: Substitution Infraction, CS, self-released, 2014 MATOMERI: Ybermudan kolmiossa, CS, Ikuisuus, 2014
HOCKEY NIGHT: Neutral Zone Trap, LP, Ikuisuus, 2013
OLIMPIA SPLENDID: Nuttu nurin, 7” ep, Fonal Records, 2013
HERTTA LUSSU ÄSSÄ: s/t, LP, De Stijl, 2011
HOCKEY NIGHT: Playing With Too Many Sticks, CS, self-released, 2011

BLACK TO COMM: Alphabet 1968, CD & LP, Type, 2009 JONNA KARANKA & JAAKKO TOLVI: Kaappirausku / Albiinobambi, cdr, self-released, 2008
BLACK TO COMM: Fractal Hair GeometryCD & LP, Dekorder, 2008

WAY OF THE CROSS: Mind Of The Dolphin, LP, Phoenix, 2008
V/A: Larm: From Mouth To Cavity Laptop, 2xCD, Kning Disk, 2007
V/A: Broken Brain, cdr, Chocolate Monk, 2007
V/A: Women Take Back The Noise, CD, UBUIBI, 2006
V/A: Maan matoset, CD, Pohjoisten kukkaisten äänet, 2005

DIRECTING HAND: Love Will Waste My Body, cdr, Memoirs Of An Aesthete, 2005
V/A: Gold Leaf Branches, 3xCD, Digitalis Recordings, 2005
AVARUS: Ruskeatimantti, 2xCD, Tumult, 2005
KUKKIVA POLIISI: Kukkiva Poliisi, CS, Monopolka, Ej tu dirst, 2005
KUKKIVA POLIISI: Ilola, cdr, Audiobot, 2005
THE ANAKSIMANDROS: River Of Finland, LP, Eclipse Records, 2004 KUKKIVA POLIISI: s/t, cdr, self-released, 2003
AVARUS: Luonnon ilmiöitä, 7”EP, Boing Being, Kuusi pientä kustantajaa, 2002






Mark