Burning Hearts

Burning Hearts

 Turku, Ostrobothnia, FIN
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A Finnish electro-folk-pop duo specialised in writing timeless songs with female vocal harmonies that sound as they came from the head of Zeus.

Biography

Finnish indie pop stalwarts Jessika Rapo (vocalist for Le Futur Pompiste) and Henry Ojala (ex-drummer for Cats on Fire) teamed up to form the shambly, synthy duo Burning Hearts in 2006. Burning Hearts’ debut full-length, Aboa Sleeping, was released on Shelflife in early 2009. Aboa Sleeping received a warm welcome and made it to the top albums of 2009 on many music blogs. Rapo and Ojala followed up the album’s release with a passel of live shows in Hamburg, Berlin, Stockholm and New York City.

After releasing two singles in 2010, “Night Animal” (featuring A peasant’s dream Jori Hulkkonen remix) and a cover of Arthur Russell’s “The Letter”, the duo decamped to the Finnish countryside in Ostrobothnia and recorded a four song EP, Into the Wilderness, which was issued by Shelflife in June of 2011. The video for title track “Into the Wilderness”, based on a documentary about Alaskan grizzly bears, spread quickly over the blogosphere receiving a most warming welcome. The song was featured as mp3 and video of the day on spinner.com, and received several reviews giving praise to the EP. In July Burning Hearts was signed by Finnish Solina records who, together with Shelflife will release the forthcoming album.

At the moment, BH is working on their second long play record, Extinctions and getting prepared for some live shows in the Nordic cultural capitals. Extinctions will be released in Europe by Solina Records on February 1st an din the US by Shelflife on February 7th.

Lyrics

Into the Wilderness

Written By: Burning Hearts

The Alaskan tundra and the wild bears
I am returning to that nightmare

Life and death are given a different meaning

in grizzly kingdom above the treeline

where the permafrost’s growing deeper

I could never climb those mountains,

I could never be

Sleeping safely under the same stars as Timothy

Into the wilderness

Away from the lonelyness

You walked with the foxes dancing 'round your feet

They followed you to the last sleep

You walked with the foxes dancing 'round your feet

They followed you into your dreams

And they followed you...

Into the wilderness

Away from the lonelyness

The animal with the strongest paw

Mixed friends with prey –it’s nature’s law

I could never climb those mountains,

I could never be

Sleeping safely under the same stars as Timothy
Into the wilderness
Away from the lonelyness

The Swallows

Written By: Burning Hearts

The swallows danced through the day
as if they wanted us to stay
Towards the evening
I inhale the smoke from burning wood

We were surrounded by sounds
that need special ears to be heard
I opened my eyes to see
the moonlight walz over the fields

This is our world,
a sacred place to be
This is our resort,
for resting weary feet

When nights are nightless and the hay
is drier than my winter skin
I give this moment
the highest mark of moments that have been

Fever

Written By: Burning Hearts

Wake up you sleepy seed!
It's time to end an era of dormancy
I want to see you start to grow!
Be a keywitness to the explotion

When will this body begin to feel
a total chaos
based on biochemistry?
I can wait another year or two
Just as long as I know this dream will come true

Someday these arms of mine will
carry all the love that I held inside of me

Discography

Into the wilderness EP (2011, Shelflife)
The Letter single (2010, internet distribution)
Night Animal 7'' single (2010, Shelflife)
Aboa Sleeping LP (2009, Shelflife)