Echoes of another world resound from the depths of the legendary rabbit hole. Music diffused with moments of silence and escapist dream sequences, freed from time and earthly presence…now immortalised on AURI’s self-titled debut album, which is out now via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has unveiled the third album trailer, in which the trio speak about the songwriting process and spirit they wanted to capture with AURI’s songs:
Tuomas Holopainen comments: “Some of the inspiration came from the [Patrick Rothfuss] books, but quite little in the end. I was thinking of these two – Johanna and Troy – and the world that we live in together, and just tried to capture the essence of what the three of us are – what we think of life, philosophy and music.”
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01. The Space Between
02. I Hope Your World Is Kind
03. Skeleton Tree
04. Desert Flower
05. Night 13
07. The Name Of The Wind
08. Aphrodite Rising
10. Underthing Solstice
11. Them Thar Chanterelles
Watch the official lyric video for ‘Desert Flower’:
Everything begins with a vision. A virtuoso imagination hovering auspiciously in the air, composed of multi-faceted fragments and ideas that gradually become more concrete, slowly taking shape and then finally forming out of the minds of their makers as a new project. Completely unexpected, it‘s just a natural, flowing process. This is just what happened with these three outstanding, internationally successful musicians who have created a musical gem in the form of AURI, which shines even brighter than the glittering Polar Star in the night sky. Johanna Kurkela, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley – the charismatic protagonists behind AURI – take their eponymous debut on a fairytale journey through time and space, far from here and now reminding us of the fantastic adventures of Alice in Wonderland.
Comprehensive sound cascades full of magical and surreal moments that touch all senses await us; sometimes yearning and dreamy, then again rousing and intense. AURI celebrate a kind of epic-romantic ethno pop that seems to float in quaint spheres, which are intangible yet unleash multi-faceted sounds capes filled with powerful imagery. These sound cascades are based on Celtic traditional sounds, atmospheric-cinematic dream sequences, melancholic melodies and a touch of transfigured mysticism; beautiful instrumentation yielding an unfathomable depth.
AURI is the result of a shared passion. Everyone was involved in everything. However, Tuomas doesn’t want to reveal too much about the songs and their stories, “since the listener should bring their own story to the songs – after all, that‘s what makes the album so beautiful. It lives from the imagination of every single person!” says the composer. “But what I can tell you is that some of the content and the song lyrics are inspired by the Patrick Rothfuss books. Maybe people who know those books and those stories will recognise some parallels and certain scenarios, but believe me; the album equates to so much more.”
Describing AURI in his own words, Tuomas cannot help but smile: “Just a few days ago, we had this conversation within the band and we thought about the best way to describe it. Two terms came to our minds; Rabbit Hole Music and Celestial Metal. Obviously you can hear influences from folk music, Celtic music, soundtracks – all that music that we love and adore, but categorising the style is really impossible. I‘ll leave that to the listeners.”
A tour is currently not planned but one thing is already certain: “This is definitely not just a one album thing!”
So sit back, close your eyes and let yourself fall into the depths. A world of wonder and miracles awaits you behind the mirrors.
AURI consists of:
Johanna Kurkela: Voices & viola
Tuomas Holopainen: Keys & backing voices
Troy Donockley: Acoustic and electric guitars, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, low whistles, aerophone, bodhran, keys, voices