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  • THE SLEEPING INDIAN

  • WORLD IN MY EYES

  • The Cruellest Goodbye

  • CLOSER TO THE SKY

THE SLEEPING INDIAN

A SIDE: OUTLANDERS / THE SLEEPING INDIAN FEAT. JOE SATRIANI

VINCENT PRYCE / TORSTEN STENZEL / TARJA TURUNEN / PUBLISHED BY COPYRIGHT CONTROL / EDITION HODGES BAY / ARMADA MUSIC / STORMBLAST PUBLISHING

B SIDE: OUTLANDERS / CLOSER TO THE SKY BEAU CHAPEAU REMIX

ERIK NYHOLM / TARJA TURUNEN  / PUBLISHED BY Splender Productions / STORMBLAST PUBLISHING


I have been feeling the calm energy and connection with the nature since ever I stepped on the island of Antigua for the first time. The island is inspiring and always soothing my soul. We found a holiday home for my family very near of the mountain guarding the area called Sleeping Indian. From the distance, you can easily discover the complete, majestic figure of an Indian Chief laying on the ground and facing the sky.


This mountain, ever present in our days in the island, inspired me to write a song for Outlanders with Torsten. This time I wanted to use my voice merely like an instrument to enhance the ethereal feeling I had with the harmonies, the wind, and the pulsating waves at the shore. I also sampled my voice and played around with it. 


Torsten suggested to ask Antiguan local rapper Nkoye Zifah to participate in our song. It was a great idea that I loved right away! It is the first time I work with a rap artist on a song, and I really like it since it makes The Sleeping Indian pop out from the rest of the album. Nkoye wrote the text for the rap himself based on the history of Antigua.


The experience was great and Nkoye is a beautiful person I had the chance to meet, so I am very grateful to him for doing this.


Last, but not least, what to say about our guitar guest, Joe Satriani, that has not been said before? He, as always, gives me goosebumps with his way of understanding music. His sound and style of playing are just so unique. 


When I conceived Outlanders, I had in mind a kind of music that could transport you to another place or state of mind. I could hear in my head a sound like Joe's filling up the space around. I love the mix and the boundaries we decided to leave behind with Torsten when jumping into Outlanders. 


I am sure you will enjoy Joe's playing on The Sleeping Indian. Thank you once again Joe! Play it loud!

Hope you enjoy our new creation!


Vocals: Tarja 

Programming: Torsten

Rap: Nkoye Zifah

Guitars: Joe Satriani

 

Recorded and engineered at English Harbour & Embassy Studio Antigua & Barbuda by Torsten Stenzel

Vocals recorded by Tarja at Stardust III, Marbella, Spain 

Guitars recorded and co-produced by Joe Satriani

 

Produced and mixed by Torsten Stenzel, Tarja & MIC

Mastered by Tom Porcell Mastering 


Executive Producer: Marcelo Cabuli for NEMS Enterprises SRL

 

Art Direction: Tarja & MIC

Antigua & Barbuda Photographs by Alexis Andrews

Artwork by Firma Freimauer, Sebastian Rohde


OUTLANDERS - VISUALIZER

Instead of focusing all the efforts into 1 or 2 videos to promote the first singles, we decided to film images for all the songs recorded for Outlanders.

The main reason was for us to be able to show you the beautiful island of Antigua.

These videos are colorful mood captures of the island without any script or story behind them, deprived from any post production and not meant to be understood as music videos. We call them visualizers.

The filming was done by using only iPhone 13 Pro Max in combination with a drone DJI Maverick 4K.

For me it is nice to listen music while you have an image synchronized with it, so I hope these visualizers will help you to discover our music while at the same time the unspoiled, natural paradise, Antigua.

WORLD IN MY EYES

As our version of the song "World in my eyes" is dark in its mood, so is this visualizer. We filmed it next to the main road and surroundings of Jabberwock Beach. It was not particularly a sunny day, but this was exactly what we were looking for the shootings. The beach offered us beautiful, weird colours of nature and the graffiti on the ruins of the old hotel appealed to me as something dark and mysterious. The red light on the street at the end of the video is no effect! Those lights are used to keep the nesting turtles of the beach away from the road during night time. 

THE CRUELLEST GOODBYE

During the first year of pandemic and just after getting out of the mandatory quarantine, I was not able to travel to Antigua since there were no flights going. While the images from Torsten were taken in Antigua, as for the rest of the visualizers we filmed, we decided to work with Tim Tronckoe in Marbella, Spain for a video of one of the chosen first singles. We did a photo shooting for my book during the day and when the sun went down we headed for the beach. During the night time, we filmed images for The Cruellest Goodbye video near by my home. The ocean breeze was beautiful and the weather just perfect for filming. I sang the song several times while Tim was directing and filming me. The set up was the most simple one; just a light and the camera. As the song is very touching and emotional, the images we captured are very intimate and fitting to the mood of the song. It was very nice to work with my friend Tim again.

CLOSER TO THE SKY

The location for this visualizer is the Hodges Bay Resort & Spa where you can see the magnificent Boonji Spaceman from @brendanmurphyart

"Outlanders" is Tarja Turunen and Torsten Stenzel

Tarja is a Finnish soprano that has developed her own style into combining successfully classical trained vocals with rock music and crossover. She has released over 15 albums both with the band Nightwish and in her solo career.

 

Torsten Stenzel is a German musician, songwriter, composer and producer for more than 22 years. Recently co-produced Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Beats and worked as a keyboarder for Rick Nowels, Joss Stone, Nelly Furtado, echo nominated and multiple gold and platinum awards as one of the Trance/EDM pioneers in Germany.

 

Outlanders combines electronic music with Tarja’s soft as well as classical vocals, electric and acoustic guitars. The three elements are a constant in all the songs and are equally important.

Back in 2005, I was invited to co-write and sing the song “Tired of being alone” with the German electronic artist Schiller for his album, “Tag und Nacht”. I enjoyed the challenge and its outcome very much, since electronic music was a new field for me. I loved this different world of sounds I was getting myself into for the first time.


Few years later, I had friendly discussions with my label boss Max Vaccaro about the lack of guitar solos on my rock records. I had never felt the need of adding guitar solos on each one of my rock songs unless I feel it is justified and it would add a nice flavor to the track. Nevertheless, I love guitars, so I decided to prove my point to him.


Inspired by Alan Parson’s electronic album “A Valid Path”, specially by the songs “Return to Tunguska” and “L’Arc en Ciel” where David Gilmour plays the guitar, I realized that I should do something in that same vibe. When I started to check what truly exists around, I found several electronic music projects done with guitars and others with vocals, but the combination of these three elements; the voice, guitars and electronic background, I didn’t come across. So, I decided that I wanted to try it myself.


In 2010 I had written a song that I felt it could fit perfectly for this idea of mine and to find the person that could execute it was eventually easy. I had met Torsten Stenzel back on the days when we wrote the first songs together for my rock solo career and we had been friends ever since. I wanted to approach him, and this took me to the island of Antigua in Caribbean, where he lived. I knew Torsten would be just perfect for my song, because he had been working with electronic music all his life and his knowledge in that field is incredible.

For the song I didn’t want to use my voice in a conventional soloist way, but instead, I wanted to use my voice to create atmospheres and colours and to read something interesting for it.


I had been a loyal follower of Paulo Coelho’s works and his books had inspired me significantly throughout my life. So, I could easily picture that was exactly what I wanted to listen to in my song.


That was the reason I dared to contact author Paulo Coelho to ask him permission to use some of his texts. He was very kind by giving his blessing for the idea, which was amazing, personally for me.

The next step was to find a guitar player that could understand what I wanted to achieve. I had a special, vintage kind of sound in mind for the song. I was looking for some rock edge, but soulful at the same time and I couldn´t think of anybody else better than my Argentinean friend Walter Giardino from the band Rata Blanca for the track.

Even though I didn’t have anything to show him as an example at the time, he understood my vision, did an amazing job and actually ended up recording three songs for the album.

Paulo, Walter, Torsten and me; we all had one thing in common: we were not living in the land we were born. Life, music and art had taken us to different places and all of us had become outlanders.


This was the perfect name for the song I wrote.


Torsten and I loved the result we were able to achieve and the blue print for Outlanders was created. Since then we agreed to continue writing songs and contacting amazing guitar players to fulfil our ideas. We have been working mainly in the island of Antigua where the first seed was planted. The artwork photos, visualizers for the music, recordings and mixing, mostly took place there.

We started the album at Torsten´s old Studio in English Harbour, in the south of Antigua. In the meantime, he moved to the North, so it got finished at his new “Embassy Studio”.

This album went thru 2 computer crashes, with 2 fried motherboards and about 3 dead hard drives. Many of the songs got lost and needed to be re-programmed and re-recorded, even more than once in some cases. It was a long process, but the songs got even strong in the second or third attempt.


Torsten and I didn’t give up. Finally, it all worked out due to a great team spirit and lots of work!!


We are finally ready to show you what we have been doing the last 10 years! It is a friendship project, done with lots of love and care.


We really hope that you can enjoy our baby!!


Tarja and Torsten

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