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Tarja unveils the second single off In The Raw

Tarja Turunen unveils the second single off her upcoming album “In The Raw”. “Railroads” is a track inspired by the autobiographical novel “Aleph” by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. The book touches spirituality and tells the story of the writer’s own epiphany while on a pilgrimage to revitalize his energy and passion on the Trans-Siberian Railway. You can stream “Railroads” below.

In May, Tarja revealed details of her fifth studio album “In The Raw” with its theme and aesthetic inspired by gold and the saying “not all that glitters is gold”. She explains: “Gold, we think, is something polished and perfect, sophisticated, a luxury – but in its natural state it’s a raw element”. This time, Turunen focused on the raw feelings, both musically and lyrically and joined forces with three guests vocalists – Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) and Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork). “In The Raw” will be available on August 30. More details including cover artwork, full tracklist and the first single “Dead Promises” can be found here.

Tarja on “Railroads”: “Apparently, it seems like I wrote weird lyrics, yet I pulled inspiration from one book. Paulo Coelho is a very important writer, and I have discovered a lot about myself through his texts. “In “Aleph”, he goes on a train journey through Siberia, and he writes a book based on his experiences on that trip. I wanted to go beyond everything and think about myself and my own journey. The whole album is a journey, in a way.” 

“The funny thing is, “Railroads” is a very old song which I have had on demo for years,” explains the vocalist. “It always felt like a train ride and I even named it like that before having any lyrics or before “Aleph” was published. It’s so old I can’t even remember when I started writing it, for the first or second album? And I’ve only finished it now.”