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4.27 | 31 ratings | 5 reviews | 45% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. to human misery (chamber version) (4:17)
2. the simple story (3:35)
3. intermission XII (2:36)
4. scotland (unplugged) (3:44)
5. the simple story (unplugged) (3:44)
6. touching II (london mix) (4:07)
7. intermission VIII (1:05)

Total Time: 23:08


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Line-up / Musicians

- Gleb Kolyadin / grand piano, keyboards
- Marjana Semkina / vocals, backing vocals

- Gavin Harrison / drums on track 2
- Vlad Avy / guitars and sampled percussion on track 2
- Max Roudenko / bass on track 2
- Robert Yeomans / first violin on tracks 1 and 2
- Ruth Funnell / second violin on tracks 1 and 2
- Holly Rouse / viola on tracks 1 and 2
- Rosie Banks-Francis / cello on tracks 1 and 2
- Ilya Dyakov / violin on track 6
- Philipp Buin / viola on track 6
- Alina Shilova / cello on track 6
- Vsevolod Dolganov / cello on track 7

Releases information

Self-released 1 Jan, 2014 (digital download on bandcamp)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(45%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
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Review by Second Life Syndrome
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams
4 stars Watch closely. I am really tempted to slap a really high rating on this new EP from the always amazing Russian band iamthemorning. I don't care if this EP, "Miscellany", only has two new songs. I don't care if this EP was an afterthought of sorts. What I do care about is the fact that this short EP is chock full of beautiful melodies, amazing vocals, and excellent musicianship. That, my friends, is what draws me to this band time and time again.

First of all, if you don't know who iamthemorning is, you should rectify that immediately. This two-piece band plays a refreshing form of chamber rock. Well, if you want to call it "rock". It's basically progressive music of some type mixed with neoclassical influences and a distinct artistic personality. It's light, fresh, stunningly beautiful, and thick with artistic integrity.

Now, "Miscellany" is an EP released by the band to tide us over until the launch of their imminent second album. Like I said, it features two new songs and some live and alternative tracks. First of all, the new tracks are amazing. "To Human Misery" is incredibly emotional and even hopeful. It shows iamthemorning at their best, honestly. The next track is "The Simple Story", another emotional track that features Gavin Harrison on some rather unique drums. These two tracks are surprisingly addictive and simply powerful.

The remainder of the tracks are either live or alternate versions, most of them from the first album. This is NOT a bad thing, especially if you don't own their first album. All of these songs are interesting and I even find that this London version of "Touching II" is the best version yet. That means a lot because I believe it to be their best song. Every single track on this EP is worthwhile, both for your time and your money. So, even though I cannot give this EP the highest honors, it still is very, very strong and promises an amazing sophomore album from my favorite Russian band.


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Send comments to Second Life Syndrome (BETA) | Report this review (#1117042) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, January 20, 2014

Review by kev rowland
5 stars Gleb and Marjana are currently working on the second album, but to prevent fans from having to wait too long they released this EP at the beginning of 2014 that contains some new songs, along with reworked versions of songs on the first album. Yet again I am struck by the quality of their performances, and is also worth commenting on the arrangements as they seem to intuitively know what they need on each song to maximize the potential, So there may be a few drums here, or additional keyboards, or strings, but always at the very heart of this is delicate piano and fragile vocals that draw the listener in to a wonderful world. Kate Bush mixed with Enya, with control and passion and never ever falling into New Age.

It is incredible to think that these guys are virtually unknown outside of a fairly small circle, as in many ways they are on of prog's best kept secrets which is just criminal as music as controlled and beautiful as this really does deserve to be heard by a much wider audience. I found myself enthralled with this EP, the production is superb, and I was drawn into a world of their making each time I listened to it. These guys are one of the best bands I have come across this year, with consistent high quality and a majestic presence that really belies what they are doing with the fragile and delicate music. Surely it can only be a matter of time before these guys get picked up by a major as this is a rare beauty indeed.


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Send comments to kev rowland (BETA) | Report this review (#1218756) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, July 21, 2014

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4 stars 4.1 Stars. A great taster to the upcoming album. Miscellany was created during the recording sessions in London while making their second album which will be released in Sept 2014. Due to the long time it took to produce the album the band chose to release this EP as a treat to those fans w ... (read more)

Report this review (#1254493) | Posted by LakeGlade12 | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Still in the process of assembling their second studio release, independent Russian group iamthemorning decided to release Miscellany, a short EP that will give fans something to listen to as they wait for the new album. As the title suggests, Miscellany consists of a handful of miscellaneous ... (read more)

Report this review (#1100865) | Posted by RBlak054 | Friday, December 27, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars An excellent EP released by Russian indie/art rock band iamthemorning showcases how improved (if not 'perfected', counting the fact that they already have been pretty much close to perfection) were the musicians' skillz since their debut work, ~, giving a slight wiev on what's going to be on their ... (read more)

Report this review (#1100278) | Posted by ole-the-first | Thursday, December 26, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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