I used to call up the glorious metal bands when I hear the name of a country; in particular Finland. Ohh wait, or I was like that until lately. This tiny European country has started to introduce some quite interesting mainstream synth-pop bands/duos, thereby, Villa Nah is one of them.
Juho and Tomi are childhood friends who grew up in the suburbs of east Helsinki; the name of the band (Villa Noh) comes up from a place in there. Tomi states Sonic Youth and Underworld have influenced him mostly while Juho offers David Bowie and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Villa Nah compose on vintage synths as the stage is a tangle of leads and gear. On the strength of their shows, they hooked up with Keys of Life, a sub-label of the great Sähkö Recordings, home to Mika Vainio’s Ø project and Jimi Tenor. Since then, Finland’s acid-house guru Jori Hulkkonen has helped produce their music, and remixed current single “Rainmaker”. Villa Nah also appear on Jori’s recent Man From Earth album, an astonishing record which should not be overlooked.
Here under you can listen both the original and the live version of their brilliant track Running On. Enjoy!