As for Dragons

by Cairn

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"The title track, ‘As for Dragons’, will be the first and strongest insight into Cairn’s development since the debut EP. It comes from a full-length concept album written largely to completion more than a year ago, though only this song has been recorded to date. Fates willing, we will be able to tell the remainder of this tale in good time; until then, we felt it better to release the first chapter alone than nothing at all. Those familiar with the tale told in ‘Raise the Cairn’ will see strong parallels here—‘As for Dragons’ introduces its counterpart narrative.

The remaining three works comprise the Sunlit Chambers suite. They are Cairn’s first collaborative compositions, reflecting the membership and full creative input of Johan Becker. Moreover, as all of Cairn’s music is composed on acoustic guitar, it seemed time to give its voice a fuller forum, absent the intrusion of modern instrumentation."

- Rahn
Dec 10, 2013


released December 21, 2013

'As for Dragons' music and lyrics composed by Rahn
'Sunlit Chambers' suite composed by Becker/Rahn

Produced, mixed, and mastered heroically by Spenser Morris at
Mystery Street Recording Company, Chicago
Midsummer to December 2013

Cover art by Anne Becker. Logo & layout by Harvester Creative.
Booklet design by Rahn. Photography by Olivia Kottke

Cairn is:
Samu Rahn – guitars, vocals, keyboard & samples
Johan Becker – guitars, vocals, violin
Spenser Morris – Session bass & programming
Adam Hansen – Session drums



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Cairn Chicago, Illinois

Cairn began as the solo project of The Living Fields guitarist Samu Rahn and released its debut EP ‘Raise the Cairn’ in 2011. Its successor, ‘As for Dragons’, follows in 2013 with a full recording lineup of veteran musicians from Austaras, Vukari, and Vit. Combining elements of European folk, progressive music, and doom, Cairn is elegiac metal neither restrained nor defined by a single genre. ... more

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Track Name: As for Dragons
With anchors weighed
We plot a course
Far from unlit windows
And dust-wreathed hearths

Fistfuls of earth stowed below in blessed casks
Nautilus torch afore to quell the deep’s wrath
Roots reclaim the thresholds of those who have gone
Beyond all breakers—looking on

‘Til the oar cracks,
bend your backs and row

Day’s golden torc
Night’s silver ring
Our van an iron prow
On silken wings

Our ravens fly up into the sun from the mast
We’re onto the fell road, the dread path, at last
Fates, watch us well, that our lives we may keep
Where dragons dwell and pale serpents sleep

Row, row, row
‘Til we’re pulled below

Horizons before us the prize to be won
And as for dragons—
Let them come