WATCH: Finland’s Shine 2009 Is The 21st Century’s Answer To The Pet Shop Boys

Jan 23, 2012

When our friend first played us “So Free,” a track by Finnish pop duo Shine 2009 from their 2011 album, Realism, we were certain it was actually The Pet Shop Boys, circa 1989.

Heck, they’ve even got a diva cameo—of course, it’s Paula Abdul and not Dusty Springfield.

But the band’s members, Sami Suova and Mikko Pykäri, hail from Helsinki, not merry old England. And Realism topped several critic’s Best Of list last month.

If this dreamy ditty doesn’t help scare away the Monday blahs, we’re not sure if we can help you.