Good news for those who are curious to find out what Father Robin gets up to next on his travels through the fantastical world of Airoea because Karisma Records have just announced the release of “The Songs & Tales of Airoea – Book II” from Prog Rockers The Chronicles of Father Robin (TCOFR for short).
“The Songs & Tales of Airoea” Trilogy itself unfolds over a period of three decades in an archaic alternate world. In Book II (“Ocean Traveller – Metamorphosis”) Father Robin journeys to the underwater city of Oriasaleah and over the Sea of Ayrouhr to the Grand Reef, where our intrepid explorer faces grave danger at the hands of the island people.
The album opens with the sacral and atmospheric track “Over Westwinds,” and carries the listener further on a dynamic musical journey that uses lush and varied soundscapes, which evoke visions of the golden era of Progressive Rock. An abundant, and well-thought out, use of a variety of instruments, such as flute, mellotron and glockenspiel, alongside more traditional Rock instruments, is neatly packaged in a production that is both dynamic and organic, making “The Songs & Tales of Airoea” Trilogy a gem waiting to be discovered by fans of Progressive Rock.
For those eager or curious for a taste of what Book II will sound like, we have today released a single from the album. Titled “The Grand Reef.”
Stream the track through the Spotify player below:
Purchase and Stream the track here: https://link.karismarecords.no/TCOFR_TheGrandReef
TCOFR features members from some of the most revered progressive rock bands from Norway, Wobbler, Jordsjø, Tusmørke and seasoned Post-Rockers The Samuel Jackson Five, and their concept Trilogy was thirty years in the making.
The result in a cohesive triple concept album that features 18 songs in total which are spread out over three albums. With Book I having been released in September of this year, Book II will appear on the 8th December in CD, Digital and LP formats. The complete Trilogy is available as a Deluxe Limited Edition Triple Coloured Vinyl Box Set on Old Oak Records.
Contributors on the Trilogy include Thomas Kaldhol (Mt. Melodié, The Samuel Jackson Five), Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, In Lingua Mortua, White Willow), Folksinger Aleksandra Morozova (Mt. Melodié, Oslo Philarmonic Choir), Kristoffer Momrak (Alwanzatar, Tusmørke, Les Fleurs Du Mal), Håkon Oftung (Jordsjø) and illustrator Lars Kvernberg.
Tracklisting on “The Songs & Tales of Airoea – Book II” (which follows on directly from Book I) is as follows:
- Over Westwinds
- Orias & the Underwater City
- Ocean Traveller
- Lady of Waves
- Green refreshments
- The Grand Reef
Pre-Order for “The Chronicles of Father Robin – The Songs & Tales of Airoea – Book II“:
Upcoming The Chronicles of Father Robin live appearances:
24 May (2024): We låve rock, Asker, Norway
Read our Review of the Book I: [Review] The Chronicles of Father Robin – The Songs & Tales of Airoea – Book I (State of Nature)