Iamthemorning share new video for ‘Libretto Horror’ following Album Of The Year award win

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Photos: Alexander Kuznetcov

St.Peterburg based progressive rock band Iamthemorning have shared a new video to accompany their song “Libretto Horror.”

The song is taken from the band’s most recent album, Lighthouse, released earlier this year via Kscope. Described by Skin Back Alley as “…a heartbreaking work of staggering beauty”, Lighthouse was recipient of the Album Of The Year award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, organised by UK based Prog Magazine and held at London’s Globe Theatre last week.

Upon receiving the award, Iamthemorning songwriter and vocalist Marjana Semkina said: “Even being nominated for the Album Of The Year among the best of the best is such a beautiful thing, a humbling thing, too. To actually win was completely unexpected, and we are very thankful.

“We’ve worked so hard for such a long time to make an album that would make us proud, and I think we can say we succeeded with ‘Lighthouse’. And since the album is dedicated to the subject of mental illness, it’s important for us to know that it is not being rejected by the listeners because of being heavy. People seem to disregard the matter of mental health far too often, refuse to talk about it, and this is damaging for those who need help. The more people who face these struggles and hear the album and, hopefully, find help in it, the better.”

You can watch the video for “Libretto Horror” below.

Connect with Iamthemorning at:
Facebook: facebook.com/iamthemorningpage
Twitter: twitter.com/themorningband
Bandcamp: iamthemorningband.bandcamp.com

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Album review: Iamthemorning, ‘Lighthouse’

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Album: Lighthouse
Our Verdict: 9/10
Release date: Out now
Find it at: Bandcamp
Review by: Graeme Blackwell

Iamthemorning return with their new album: a heartrending, important and profound work

Iamthemorning’s new album, Lighthouse, is a heartbreaking work of staggering beauty. In it the Russian duo of vocalist Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin have created a suite of music that coheres in a deeply compassionate and empathetic way around the story of their central protagonist, a character navigating the depths of an unspecified mental illness.

The pair’s third full length studio album, and first for British label Kscope, Lighthouse sees Semkina and Kolyadin drawing on elements of progressive rock, folk, jazz and chamber music to create a poignant soundscape that successfully captures the wide spectrum of emotion and states of being that come with such illnesses, outwardly conveying with grace and humanity what is often an unseen inner journey.

The album’s lyrics having been inspired by the life and works of Virginia Woolf (as well as Sylvia Plath), a foreboding watery theme permeates every aspect of Lighthouse’s being. From the exquisitely rendered cover art depicting a lighthouse positioned on a precarious outcrop and set against the overwhelming power of a tumultuous ocean, through the sound of crashing waves that open the album and on through the at-times-bubbling, at-times-churning piano motifs of the music, nature’s most life-giving and yet destructive force is all-pervading.

Mindful that both Woolf and Plath suffered with life-long mental illnesses and that both committed suicide, Lighthouse offers no easy resolution or fragile, feel-good comfort for either its central character or listeners. Those seeking a narrative that ends bathed in a warm and simple light will not find their solace here. That said, this complex sonic odyssey is not without moments of levity and good humour.

In so skilfully telling the complex story of a character who ultimately succumbs to the darkness of their difference, and in doing so with such understanding, empathy and tenderness, Iamthemorning have created an album that is arresting, heartrending, important and profound.

Connect with Iamthemorning at:
Facebook: facebook.com/iamthemorningpage
Twitter: twitter.com/themorningband
Web: iamthemorningband.bandcamp.com

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Iamthemorning confirmed for 2016 Be Prog! My Friend festival

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Photo: Alexander Kuznetcov

Russian duo Iamthemorning have been confirmed to appear at this year’s Be Prog! My Friend festival.

Vocalist Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin, who released their new album Lighthouse earlier this month, will join the likes of Steven Wilson, Opeth, Agent Fresco, The Pineapple Thief and Anneke Van Giersbergen at the Barcelona based event.

Marjana Semkina comments: “It’s a great pleasure for us to join the amazing line up of Be Prog! My Friend this year – such a lovely surprise at the very last moment.

“It’s a great pleasure, but also a great challenge. We’ll be playing the chamber set with our string duo (cello and violin) and some percussion, and you can’t get more different from other bands on the festival. So, we’ll see how the audience responds to such a huge contrast and our almost classical sound.

“It will be our first appearance in Spain and first big prog festival – wow, so many things for the first time. Very exciting.”

Be Prog! My Friend takes place on the 1st and 2nd of July, with tickets available now via the festival website.

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Iamthemorning stream new album ‘Lighthouse’ in full

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Russian duo iamthemorning are streaming their new album, Lighthouse, in full.

The record is set for release tomorrow, the 1st of April, via Kscope.

Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina say of the album: “Lighthouse is a rich and eclectic album, with echoes of classical music, the Canterbury scene, northern folk, jazz and electronic sounds.

“Featuring a story of the progression of mental illness, the album takes the listener through the stages with the story’s central character, her attempts to fight it, temporal remission leading to a final breakdown.

“Lyrically, the works and lives of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath inspire the album.”

You can listen to the full album now over at Prog magazine’s website.

Iamthemorning recently released a video for album track “Chalk And Coal.”

The tracklist for Lighthouse is:

lighthouse_cover01. “I Came Before the Water (pt. I)”
02. “Too Many Years”
03. “Clear Clearer”
04. “Sleeping Pills”
05. “Libretto Horror”
06. “Lighthouse” (feat. Mariusz Duda)
07. “Harmony”
08. “Matches”
09. “Belighted”
10. “Chalk And Coal”
11. “I Came Before the Water (pt. II)”
12. “Post Scriptum”

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Russian progressive duo iamthemorning share lyric video for ‘Chalk And Coal’ ahead of new album

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Russian progressive duo iamthemorning have released a new lyric video for the song “Chalk And Coal”, taken from their forthcoming Kscope album Lighthouse, due to be released on the 1st of April (3rd of June in France.)

Vocalist Marjana Semkina comments on the song: “‘Chalk And Coal’ is in a way a final milestone on the album. It is the darkest one and in a way it is very representative for Lighthouse in general, since it is a very cross-genre piece of music that eventually turns into something rather eclectic.

“Some dark jazz influence in used diminished chords and trumpet solo, glitched drums, all of that is rather new for us. Mood-wise it was inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)’. Lyrically it represents the final twist of the album story-line, the final breakdown.”

Formed in 2010 in St Petersburg, iamthemorning features pianist Gleb Kolyadin and the charismatic vocals of Marjana Semkina. The band self released their debut album in 2012 before signing to Kscope and releasing Belighted, their first record for the label in September 2014. They toured Europe with label-mates Gazpacho last year.

As with Belighted, the engineering and mixing on Lighthouse is handled by Marcel van Limbeek (Tori Amos) and self produced by Gleb and Marjana. The album also features guest musicians Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) on drums, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) on bass and additional vocals on the album’s title track by Mariusz Duda (Lunatic Soul, Riverside).

You can watch the video for “Chalk And Coal” via the stream below. Lighthouse is released on the 1st of April in the UK and the 3rd of June in France via Kscope records.

The tracklist for Lighthouse is:

lighthouse_cover01. “I Came Before the Water (pt. I)”
02. “Too Many Years”
03. “Clear Clearer”
04. “Sleeping Pills”
05. “Libretto Horror”
06. “Lighthouse” (feat. Mariusz Duda)
07. “Harmony”
08. “Matches”
09. “Belighted”
10. “Chalk And Coal”
11. “I Came Before the Water (pt. II)”
12. “Post Scriptum”

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