Finnish indie pop stalwarts Jessika Rapo (vocalist for Le Futur Pompiste) and Henry Ojala (drummer for Cats on Fire) teamed up to form the shambly, synthy duo Burning Hearts in 2004.
Sounding something like a warm, wispy mix of Le Futur Pompiste and Cats on Fire, Burning Hearts fit right in with Shelflife Records' early-2000s roster, which at that point included the likes of Days, the Ruling Class, and the Radio Dept. Burning Hearts' debut full-length, Aboa Sleeping, was released on Shelflife in early 2009. Rapo and Ojala followed up the album's release with a passel of live shows, which included their first U.S. appearance at the Cake Shop in New York City. After releasing two singles in 2010 ("Night Animal" and a cover of Arthur Russell's "The Letter"), the duo decamped to the Finnish countryside and recorded a four song EP, Into the Wilderness, which was issued by Shelflife in June of 2011. The duo returned in early 2012 with their second album, Extinctions, a darker work colored by death and tragedy. ~ Margaret Reges, Rovi