Eleanoora Rosenholm is among my favourite Finnish bands. Eleanoora Rosenholm band comes from Pori – a town on the West Coast of Finland – and the band members are Pasi Salmi, Tuomas Niskanen, Jussi Reunamäki, Alpo Nummelin, Turo Sinkkonen and the fascinating vocalist Noora Tommila.
Eleanoora Rosenholm have released three albums under the independent Finnish label Fonal Records: Vainajan Muotokuva (2007), Älä Kysy Kuolleilta He Sanoivat (2008) and the most recent Hyväile Minua Pimeä Tähti (2011).
All the lyrics are in Finnish, which makes it harder for the band to spread abroad, but that shouldn’t stop you from listening to their intriguing and peculiar music. When I moved to Finland, two years ago, I got to listen to Eleanoora Rosenholm for the first time; still I haven’t had the chance to see them live yet – which I hope will happen soon enough.
What is interesting about this band is the fact that, to fully grasp their music meaning, you have got to know the true story of Eleanoora Rosenholm. If you happen to know Finnish, then you are lucky enough to be able to read this interesting article on the band’s website; if you don’t understand a word of Finnish though, you may like to continue reading below.
Eleanoora Rosenholm was a mysterious woman, who suffered from a strong form of schizophrenia and was accused of numerous murders in the 1930’s – 1940’s, in Finland. Despite her case is not well reported on the web for the non-Finnish-speakers, Eleanoora Rosenholm has been studied for many years and her true story still remains unclear nowadays. Eleanoora was born in 1909, in a small town in East Finland and she had been suspected for the violent murder of her father and various other murders – children’s murders too.
Noora Tommila performs as Eleanoora Rosenholm and each track of the band’s three albums is somehow related to the woman’s mysterious life. While the lyrics are peculiar and quite dark, the music is strange and unlike any other: creepy and unknown noises come along with a sort of strangely happy sound – which seems to reflect Eleanoora’s mentally ill personality.
The band’s music videos are also related to the figure of Eleanoora: one of my favourite song from their first album is Maailmanloppu (The End of The World) – which happens to have a video too.
Have a lovely week and let Eleanoora Rosenholm‘s music inspire you!