The New Tarot Debuts Sci-Fi Rock Opera 'Book of Promises': Premiere


The New Tarot's debut album Book of Promises — popping out Oct. 26 and premiering completely beneath — is a dream come true for New York-based sisters Monika and Karen. And relaxation assured it was fairly a dream.

"We have been simply writing music," Monika tells Billboard, "and I simply had this dream the place I used to be on this big room with these gods and outdated mythic beings." The dream additionally included John Dee, a 16th century English scientist, occultist and advisor to Queen Elizabeth. "He approached me and was telling me my album was going to be about his life, however in our fashionable world. And I assumed, 'OK, nice — now I’ve an album to jot down!' So that was type of like a present, and the stuff we had been writing on the time coalesced into this story."

Following a number of EPs, the 10-track Book of Promises grew to become what the Walkers name "a sci-fi rock opera" taking a few of Dee's philosophies and views and making use of them to the present political and social local weather. "We're followers of musicals and that type of storytelling that goes with musicals," Karen says, "so it was good to have one thing driving the plot." Monika provides that, "Trump had not even introduced his (candidacy) when this story took place. These songs simply got here to life and began telling us one thing that felt very pressing, and as occasions began to occur the album began changing into this reflection of that. Numerous our fears concerning the future are within the album — however lots of our hope is, too."

The genre-blending set shoots vast stylistically as properly. Book of Promises rolls from the ambient textures of the opening "Kingdom (Overture)" and "Alaska" to the folk-rock taste of "America," the fuller rock sound of "The Ruse" and the slinky Arabic undertone of "The Skinny." "We each take heed to totally different music and we each have our personal favourite kinds," Monika explains. "We additionally don't restrict our palettes. If we hear a tune in our head and we prefer it sufficient to get it into creation, we don't really feel like we must always should dumb it down by placing it into one field or the opposite — particularly for this album, these songs have to inform the story, so it made lots of sense to make them their very own type of worlds."

The New Tarot has performed Book of Promises in its entirety as soon as, throughout a live performance final 12 months that was captured on a reside album. The Walkers have concepts for different functions for the story, together with a e book, stage manufacturing or a movie "We're making an attempt to actually construct this into one thing with extra theatrics that we will tackle the highway," Monika says. "We're hoping this (album) goes to get some traction so we will tour. Wherever listens to it most, that's the place we're going to go." Meanwhile, she and her sister are simply plain joyful to have a full album of their very own popping out.

"It's been a very long time coming," Monika says. "It's actual thrilling for us. We've been taking part in this music for awhile and we've been engaged on (the album) for therefore lengthy. I'm not gonna imagine it 'til I lastly have a bodily copy in my palms, however it feels actually good."