Nightwish will release their new album Imaginaerum on January 10, 2012. Instead of a mere concept album, the band set their new music to a film.
“The original idea I had was to film 13 short stories related to the songs with a connected storyline, shot by Stobe Harju,” said keyboardist/songwriter Tuomas Holopainen. It was Harju’s idea to turn the 13 stories and visions into more of a connected cinematic piece; essentially, a film. It would have a clear plot, script, dialogue and real actors in an ambitious effort to create something wholly unique.The film was shot in September of this year.
Imaginaerum, the movie, is based on the album and its 13 tracks, honoring the original ideas, but it evolved radically from the initial plan. Says Holopainen, “Still, it was important from the very beginning that the album would work as its own individual piece of art, as well. It is a thematic album about life itself, about imagination, love, goodness and beauty, with a touch of darkness and melancholy, which are strongly included in all of those things mentioned.”
The track listing for Imaginaerum is as follows; note that track 12 is broken into four parts.
03. Ghost River
04. Slow, Love, Slow
05. I Want My Tears Back
08. Turn Loose the Mermaids
09. Rest Calm
10. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove
11. Last Ride of the Day
12. Song Of Myself
Song 1: From A Dusty Bookshelf
Song 2: All That Great Heart Lying Still
Song 3: Piano Black
Song 4: Love