New Kauan album details2021-02-05 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 24 Comments
|Kauan revealed details regarding their upcoming 8th studio album, Ice Fleet, due out on April 9 through Artoffact Records. Similar to Sorni Nai, the latest LP consists of one long song cut into seven tracks. Certain pre-orders come bundled with a 40-page tabletop RPG adventure which is designed to be read while listening to Ice Fleet. The story behind it will be revealed during the next weeks, the first part can be read below:|
/part 1 of 5/
/written by Dr. Ovchinnikov, phd in geography/
/for the “Science and Life” magazine, 1993/
My fascination with exploring things is deeply rooted in my childhood. I remember perfectly well how much I was impressed by my grandpa’s tales of lost ships. If it wasn’t for him and his stories, I would’ve never become a scientist in the first place. But let’s just go ahead with it, shall we? For there is this one story I’ve been consumed with for decades.
Back in the early 30s on the North of the Balunsk area of Yakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic of the USSR, a settlement named “Tiksi” had been made by the shore of the arctic waters of the Laptev sea. The neighboring area of the settlement was being thoroughly explored and a Polar Station construction was commissioned by the Chief Directorate of the Northern Sea Route.
10 years prior to this event - in the early 20s - Tiksi bay area was explored and deemed fit for the construction of the Sea Port in course of F. Matissen’s expedition.
In September 1930 the surface of the permafrost was blasted with an experienced geologist Eugene Klimov in charge of the operation. Throughout the series of explosions one of the snow mountains was eventually cracked open only to reveal what seemed to be… treetops. It is a fact that due to mild-cold climate and strong winds typical for this area nothing taller than 50 cm (20 inches) bushes had ever been documented in Tiksi. Even those rare trees one may stumble upon here tend to stay low, close to the ground.
With another blast a carcass of a ship emerged from the snow masses. The demolition works were brought to a halt. What first appeared to be treetops were in fact masts, a couple dozen masts emerging from their grave made of snow and huge chunks of ice. Where could an entire fleet come from to end up under a rock several miles off the coast in a place where no seaport, not even a village had ever been seen?
First single, 'Raivo' can be listened to below:
Pre-order here - https://kauan.bandcamp.com/album/ice-fleet
I included the entire text, because for Kauan albums the stories are really immersive. Stoked!
Digging: Marina - Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
This is likely an album, just like Sorni Nai, to be listened too from start to finish to get the full Kauan experience, so I'll refrain from checking Raivo (lets see how long I'll last). Still incredibly hyped for this record.
Digging: Elyvilon - Nimueh's Gift
That's actually an incredible story. Shipwrecks are always intriguing and haunting. Will check this for sure. Heard this band was dope.
These guys are masters of story-telling, so I'm excited to hear the full album when it drops.
Oh nice, their last album was a masterpiece imo. Hope they can make something of similar quality.
so stoked for this
Sorni Nai and Kaiho are easily two of my favorite albums of all time.
Have you listen to Pirut? If you like Sorni Nai, i'd highly recommend it as it's similar in the way it weaves in an out of themes throughout the listen, and also incorporates the lighter and heavy parts as well. Kuu, is okay, not my favorite personally but still a solid listen.
Tight song! Looking forward to this
Interesting pre-order gifts on band camp. The single sounds like Kauan.
I tried their earlier ones and nothing really stuck but I should probably give it another listen.
I have searched, and not found, any reference to this expedition and the ships they found. I think he’s making this up.
This is nerdy as hell, and I am HERE for it.
'This is likely an album, just like Sorni Nai, to be listened too from start to finish to get the full Kauan experience, so I'll refrain from checking Raivo (lets see how long I'll last). Still incredibly hyped for this record.'
I think I'll do the same, but I am TEMPTED.
My buddy once listened to Sorni Nai as it was blizzarding outside. Turned off all the lights, opened up the windows at the front of his house, drank some scotch, and watched the snow fall. Truly magical.
Ayyy, I listened to it driving through a snow storm with my wife. I loved it. Her, not so much lol.
Four years since Kaiho, the longest gap between any two Kauan albums. Can't wait to experience this in full.
wow this is good
hyped, sounds good skipping through the song
Digging: Asking Alexandria - See What's On the Inside
i will say the production on this track isn't as lush as the last three albums they've put out but i can look past it
I liked Sorni Nai, so this is bookmarked.
Digging: Jep and Dep - Word Got Out
Yeah I caved in, I'm just a weak-willed mortal after all :] Raiho is seriously impressive. I wonder how it will compare to the rest of the record.
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