|Debut album from new band formed by members of Nightwish
Format: CD / Cat No: 0727361421205 / Released: 23/03/2018
Track Listing: 1. The Space Between / 2. I Hope Your World Is Kind / 3. Skeleton Tree / 4. Desert Flower/5. Night 13 / 6. See / 7. The Name Of The Wind / 8. Aphrodite Rising / 9. Savant / 10. Underthing Solstice / 11. Them Thar Chanterelles
More information: AURI is Johanna Kurkela, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley, and this is their eponymous debut.
"The original idea to call this project AURI came from the Patrick Rothfuss books", explains NIGHTWISH mastermind Tuomas Holopainen – an exceptional composer, founder of the world’s most successful symphonic metal band of our time and innovative pioneer for an entire genre. "There is this female character called AURI, who is a very impressive character. The narrative of the books is one of my eternally favourite novels, but it is not just this character - AURI; the symbol of this word just goes perfectly with the kind of music we do. Something is inherent in the concept that lets you know immediately what we are all about. It symbolises the project very well. It’s the perfect match in every way."
"We have known each other for a long time and we are really good friends in our free time as well. We see each other constantly and realised early on that we share a preference for similar musical landscapes. Troy had already written a song called 'Aphrodite Rising'. We made a demo of that song and we knew immediately that this would work and that we should definitely record a full length album. But when we decided to take this year off of NIGHTWISH in 2017, it was clear that the time was right to put it all together and see what we came up with. We wrote new songs, flew to Cornwall for the photo shoot and recorded the album over the summer at my place in Finland. Troy played his parts in England. We also had some selected guest musicians from the Netherlands and the UK on board." explains Tuomas.
If Tuomas describes 'Auri' in his own words, he 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."