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Tarja announces new star-studded ambient prog project Outlanders

Outlanders
(Image credit: ear Music)

Finnish singer Tarja has teamed up with some of the finest guitarists in the prog world for her brand new project Outlanders, who will release their debut single, Closer To The Sky, through ear Music on November 26.

Marillion's Steve Rothery, Trevor Rabin, Al Di Meola, Mike Oldfield, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (Sons Of Apollo), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and Marty Friedman are just some of the six-string wizards that Tarja and collaborator, EDM pioneer Torsten Stenzel, who Recently co-produced Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Beats, have worked with.

The idea behind Outlanders was "to create something exciting and new: Outlanders combine chilled but exciting electronic beats with Tarja’s emotional, classically trained vocal skills and unique guitar performances. These three elements are a constant in all the songs and are equally important."

The Outlanders project has been a long time coming to fruition, having been recorded and mixed mainly on the Caribbean island of Antigua during the last 10 years.

Closer To The Sky will kick-start a run of eight new singles from Turunen, Stenzel and the acclaimed guitar players which will be released over the next 18 months. You can see the artwork for Closer To The Sky below.

Pre-order Closer To The Sky.

Outlanders

(Image credit: ear Music)

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.