An ode to the destructive beauty of melancholy.



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Electronic Pop Chanteuse

Jolea is the moniker of Joanna Similä, Helsinki born producer/singer/songwriter. The name is drawn from the Finnish word kolea which means ”chilly”, as she found it oddly suitable for the style of music she represents. Jolea started crafting her first songs as a young teenager and went on to study a bachelor's degree in music production. She released her first EP 'Ghostly Figures' on her own indie label Audiobaum in late 2009, followed by a double- EP '..And the Ghosts That Followed' (2010 & 2011) that extended the eerie theme further with six remixes and four new songs. In 2015 Jolea released a collaborative album 'Recue X Jolea - We’re Not Like The Most' with label mate Recue. It combined Recue’s electronic mastermind with Jolea’s reflective songwriting and intimate vocals.

‘Melancholy Meditations’ is Jolea’s latest release - 6 tracks of melancholy in all of it’s gloomy blue colors. The record circles around themes we all encounter in our lives - the sense of loss, depression and facing our own mortality. The title song 'Melancholy Meditations' portrays that lonely state of mind - Melancholy is about feeling detached from the world, being caught in the swirl of bittersweet, time-slowing longing for something out of reach. It can be described as the disorder of over-thinkers and what-if’s. These feelings are transformed into intimate songs with plaintive melodies accompanied with emotive production - best enjoyed alone. Her philosophy is to evoke feelings - feeling melancholic can be healing.


Jolea's previous work on Audiobaum

Recue X Jolea

We're Not Like The Most

Collaborative album with Recue. 2015.

    Ghostly Figures

    Debut EP

    Released 2009 on Audiobaum.

      ..And The Ghosts That Followed

      The Remixes

      'Ghostly Figures' Remixed. 2010.

        ..And The Ghosts That Followed

        The Other Side

        4 new songs to expand the theme. 2011.


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