Tarja presents the third single off of her upcoming studio album “In The Raw”, due out August 30. Watch the music video for “Tears In Rain” below.
The new video has a bit of an unusual storyline for Turunen. Taking you to the world of Roller derby, Tarja plays the roller Black Leijona who, together with her all-female team Killer Crows, is on the edge of losing the ultimate decisive game of the season. By facing and overcoming her own insecurities, she becomes the fearless team leader again.
“For my third single ‘Tears in Rain’ I was looking for a strong video,” explains Tarja. “I didn’t want to get into a cliché of tears and rain or a breakup story. The song is about overcoming difficulties that could apply to any aspects of life. The instructions I gave to director Florian Kaltenbach (‘Victim of Ritual’, ‘500 Letters’) was to avoid the obvious. I wanted an action video where I could take part in. He proposed the roller derby idea and I loved it.”
As it was Tarja’s first time on roller skates, the shooting represented a challenge that ended up with an injury. She comments: “I haven’t been on skates too much. I have been ice skating in my youth, but I realized immediately that skating with rollers is a totally different thing. I had to learn, and I only had three days before the video shooting that took place in London!! I knew I was in trouble.” She goes on: “It’s already common for me to get hurt in my videos, and this was not an exception. I had an accident in a skatepark near home and dislocated my coccyx (Broke my ass!). Despite of terrible pain I did two shows and the video shoot with a broken butt. So – as in the story of the video – I myself overcame difficulties. If you see me in pain in some parts of the video, that is not acting. The roller girls and the video team took good care of me and I enjoyed the experience despite my condition. I had a lot of fun! When I recover, I wish to take my daughter to skate with me. We both got hooked on roller skating!”
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. You can listen to the second single, “Railroads” inspired by Paulo Coelho’s novel “Aleph”, here.