- Jayadev John Richardson, The Rubettes
“That is very magical music. A longing music. But a good longing, not a depressing longing. [...] A bright, clear voice which conveys a lot of feeling and also conveys a feeling of space. With this album you can already dream of the sea."
- Kerstin Poppendieck, MDR KULTUR
"The two-year stay in the Canary Islands still feels so recent to her – even though Indra Bahía has been back in her hometown Berlin now already for quite some time...
The vastness of the sky and the water just don’t seem to let go of her so easily. Maybe that is exactly why she has decided to call her second album “Closer to the Ocean” (Release: 14.05.). In 10 songs she skillfully expresses a wide range of emotions; emotions that accompanied her during her life on the islands.
Almost naturally, Indra Bahía’s pop, soul and R&B album begins with the sound of waves (“Oceanic Symphony”) and profound lines (“Saccidananda”), some of which are in ancient Sanskrit. At times the singer shows her vulnerable and more humble side (“Made of Mercy”), at other times she appears strong, trustful and comforting (“Lay Your Head”).
The well-traveled 33-year-old, who has spent a long time in various places in Europe, North Africa, North America, Asia and Australia, is also concerned with more serious issues such as remorse and reconciliation (“My Sunshine”).
Again and again she celebrates the sublimity of love (“More than just a Word”, “Beyond the Sky”). In the grande finale (“Giveaway”) Indra sings promisingly: “Love wasn’t put in your heart to stay, love isn’t love until you give it away.” Without a doubt, “Closer to the Ocean” portrays an ocean of feelings as far and deep as one can dare to imagine."
(Bangup Bullet, 2021)