August 1, 2021
Photo: Mikko Linnavuori

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.

Tuomas Holopainen comments on the track as follows: The Valley is an ode to homecoming. It`s about things worth a long wait, and about all the wondrous waypoints on the road. 

And, while you`re wandering on that road, why not write a little tune to keep you company. A tune most delicate and hard to catch, but willing to reveal itself once you`ve made your journey, and have almost reached home.

II Those We Don’t Speak Of track list

  1. Those We Don’t Speak Of
  2. The Valley
  3. The Duty Of Dust
  4. Pearl Diving
  5. Kiss The Mountain
  6. Light And Flood
  7. It Takes Me Places
  8. The Long Walk
  9. Scattered To The Four Winds
  10. Fireside Bard

II – Those We Don’t Speak Of will be available in the following formats that you can now pre-order:
CD digipak
Earbook including CD and 36 booklet art pages
LP redgold
LP red marbled (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 300)
LP transparent + green marbled (Levykauppa exclusive, limited to 300)
LP white + red marbled (UK exclusive, limited to 300)
LP silver (bandshop exclusive, limited to 300)
LP blue marbled (US exclusive, limited to 300)

Originally born in 2011 from the special connection of Johanna Kurkela, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy DonockleyAURI was first introduced to the world as late as 2018. Now complemented by the dynamic percussive talents of Kai Hahto, the threesome carves fantastical worlds entirely their own.

To its key members AURI is a creative outlet unconfined by the preconceptions caused by their other bands and their respective audiences. Leaning to Celtic folk and cinematic pop, yet not shackled by any specific genre, AURI isn´t the kind of music that can be described by words alone.

No, an equal effort of the enchanted three, AURI runs a lane of completely their own. Unburdened by anyone’s expectations but their own.

Photo: Mikko Linnavuori

Line up:

Johanna Kurkela | voices, violin, viola, keys

Tuomas Holopainen | keys & backing voices

Troy Donockley | guitars, bouzouki, mandola, ulleann pipes, low whistles, aerophone, bodhran, voices, keys