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REVIEW: AURI – “Auri: II – Those We Don’t Speak Of”


by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

The creative force that is Auri features Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela and Nightwish’s keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley. Although they formed in 2011, it wasn’t until 2018 that they unveiled their debut self-titled album, which showcased their ethereal sound. Now with their sophomore release, ‘Auri: II – Those We Don’t Speak Of’they are back to enamour us once more with their unique and wondrous music.

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INTERVIEW – AURI: “We don’t know why audio frequencies make us feel the way we do. It’s like the biggest magic trick in the universe”


Interview with Johanna Kurkela, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Auri was born in 2011 when Nightwish’s keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley teamed up with Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela. They first unleashed their magical charms in the form of their debut self-titled album in 2018, which displayed their otherworldly sound that is hard to define in a tremendous sense. Now, fortunately, they are back to stun us again with their sophomore album, ‘Those We Don’t Speak Of’, which is out on the 3rd of September via Nuclear Blast. In a world full of chaos due to Covid-19, Auri is the perfect escape from the madness. We caught up with the creative trio to find out all about the new album.

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Auri Release New Single ‘The Valley’


Close your eyes and dive into the magical tunes and hear Johanna´s youthful and tender voice…fragile, yet powerful and moving beyond words.

You can almost see the green and peaceful little valley taking shape in front of your inner eye.

The Valley” is the second single taken from the upcoming album “II- Those We Don´t Speak Of”, which will be released on September 3rd.

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AURI – Release Second Single ‘The Space Between’ with lyric video!


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.

AURI begun its life with three people, united through their shared need to hear a kind of music which can‘t be described by words alone. A magical kind of sound to be heard whilst falling down Alice’s rabbit hole. The Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela lent her unique voice, while Troy Donockley and Tuomas Holopainen (both NIGHTWISH) cast their spells with various other instruments. Using selected guest musicians and friends, their self-titled debut album finally took its ultimate form under the direction of sound engineer Tim Oliver, all within the pastoral splendor of ‘Real World’ studios in Southern England. The album will be out on March, 23 and available as digipak CD, 2LP gatefold Vinyl, a limited Earbook and digital.

Before the album release, the band will take us on a journey, delving deep into the magic of AURI, with the release of their second single ‘The Space Between’. The single is available digitally as of now just as its corresponding lyric video, which can be watched here:

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Auri: The Project by Tuomas Holopainen, Johanna Kurkela and Troy Donockley Set to Release Debut Album on March. First Single “Night 13” Out Now.


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AURI release first digital single “Night 13”, reveal cover and tracklist, album pre-order starts today
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.
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NIGHTWISH’s TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Announce New Project With His Wife Johanna Kurkela


a voice behind the mirror
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.

AURI begun its life with three people, united through their shared need to hear a kind of a music which can’t be described by words alone. A magical kind of sound to be heard whilst falling down Alice’s rabbit hole.

The first song born of this mindset, ‘Aphrodite Rising’, appeared in 2011. And slowly the earth has cracked open again and ten more tracks have emerged out of the soil’s dust.

Thus the trio was formed. The Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela lent her unique voice, while Troy Donockley and Tuomas Holopainen [both NIGHTWISH] cast their spells with various other instruments. Using selected guest musicians and friends, the album finally takes its ultimate form under the direction of sound engineer Tim Oliver, all within the pastoral splendor of ‘Real World’ studios in Southern England.

AURI put the ‘drink me potion’ to its lips, grew to full size, and is now ready to slay the Jabberwocky. Hand in hand with Nuclear Blast, they lead their listeners into the shadows behind the mirror, and in spring 2018 their debut album will evoke ghosts of an ethereal sphere.

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

www.nuclearblast.de/auri

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