Not many people know this, but apart from enjoying metal in all its myriad forms, I have a soft spot for certain other music genres. English folk music, “classical” German and Scandinavian composers (especially Sibelius) and the odd bit of progressive rock. But one of my biggest weaknesses is European pop music, especially when it’s mixed with mild gothic themes.
Indica – a feminised form of the word “Indigo” – is one such band. The Finnish all-girl quintet was founded in 2001 by lead singer / violinist / thereminist / guitarist / keyboardist Jonsu (who is completely weird and gorgeous) and bassist Heini (also gorgeous) when they were still in school. Soon adding Sirkku (keyboards, vocals), Jenny (guitar) and Laura (drums), they struck success early on, signing their first record contract in 2003. Probably this had a little to do with the support of Nightwish main man Tuomas Holopainen.
Their first album, Ikuinen Virta – an eclectic mix of pop, rock, Finnish mysticism, unusual folk instruments and lyrics inspired by myths, legends and the natural world – spent 30 weeks in the Finnish charts. They’ve since released three more albums in Finland, two of which went gold. The last album, Valoissa, was produced by Holopainen, and they toured with Nightwish on the 2007 Scandinavian tour and Dark Passion Play tour. Not too shabby.
Their latest album, A Way Away, features english translations of some of their more popular songs, and has launched them onto the international market. I heard about Indica because their song “Straight and Arrow” appears on the Wacken 2011 Sampler CD, and now, I’m utterly smitten.
Wanna know why? Here are some videos:
I cannot get “Straight and Arrow” out of my head.
“Scarlett” was the first single off their debut album.
and here’s the FInnish version of “Islands of Light”
Enjoy this little departure from the metal madness. Next week, I’ve got a Christmas gift list for the blokes, as well as my completed top 10 albums of 2010 list.
Party on, you crazy Finns