About Desperate Youth

Picture of Desperate Youth by Amanda Marina Photography

Desperate Youth is the brainchild of Finnish songwriter/producer Oskar Karlsson who, after playing in a band for several years, felt it was time to start a new adventure and create something entirely his own.


Desperate Youth's music is essentially Electronic Pop music with strong influences from the '80s and modern rock.

The debut single Another Time was released in June 2020 and featured on radio in Finland throughout the summer. 

A new version of the song featuring NINA, 'The Queen of Synthwave', was released in October 2020 and was very well received. 


With the next single Maze of Lights, Desperate Youth showed proof of his versatility. From a catchy synth-pop debut to an emotional rock ballad accompanied with a beautiful music video shot in an almost deserted Helsinki.


The latest single Show Me is an empowering electronic rock song for the moments when you doubt your own abilities and begin to question yourself. Sometimes you simply need a reminder of everything you are and everything amazing you can become.

The debut album Stranger was released in June 2021. The album forms a tragic love story playing out in a dream. 

“The title track, Stranger, is about the feeling you get when you don't want a moment to end because you feel a connection with another person that you've never felt before. And you're ready to do everything in your power to make this person feel the same way about you"