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IAMTHEMORNING

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Formed in St Petersburg, Russia in 2010

Russian based outfit IAMTHEMORNING describe themselves as ... a neo-classical vocal indie band... that ...combine non-typical but easily perceived vocal parts of progressive rock with a distinctly classical musical approach... They made their full album debut with ~ in 2012. iamthemorning have been an active live unit since they started, performing as a full 8 member band or in less numerous and stripped down versions. All band members have a higher education in classical music and are still studying this craft as of 2012.

See also: Gleb KOLYADIN

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4.16 | 540 ratings
~
2012
3.84 | 347 ratings
Belighted
2014
4.00 | 336 ratings
Lighthouse
2016
4.20 | 91 ratings
The Bell
2019

IAMTHEMORNING Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.51 | 29 ratings
From The House Of Arts
2015

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IAMTHEMORNING Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.23 | 13 ratings
Ocean Sounds
2018

IAMTHEMORNING Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 56 ratings
Miscellany
2014
3.75 | 4 ratings
Song of Psyche
2019
4.50 | 4 ratings
Ghost of a Story
2019

IAMTHEMORNING Reviews


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 The Bell by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.20 | 91 ratings

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The Bell
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars So lovingly crafted, it's almost too pristine and clean. The most classical-based music the duo have done. Thank goodness for Marjana's emotive, all-too-human vocal performances.

1. "Freak Show" (7:09) a finely crafted song whose flaw is the way the music builds in intensity and volume as it buries Marjana's voice. The second half meets the expectations set up by the song's title.(12.5/15)

2. "Sleeping Beauty" (3:42) sounds like IAMTHEMORNING, sounds like Gleb's piano prowess, sounds like Marjana's right in her pocket. Why doesn't it grab me? (Has the band reached the limits to its potential?) (8/10)

3. "Blue Sea" (3:08) more on the delicate, acoustic side, this one really works--it let's Marjana's voice and lyrics carry the song instead of getting buried in the mix. Well done! Powerful! (9.5/10)

4. "Black and Blue" (3:58) No piano? Marjana up front and center with a floating electric background? Wow! I like this! Don't get me wrong: Gleb is a virtuoso genius, but sometimes I just want to hear Marjana do her thing--like this: a JEWEL-like performance to display her own virtuosity. Give Gleb his time in the C section or in the outro, like here; that is perfect! (10/10)

5. "Six Feet" (3:56) again I can hear Marjana! I can make out and understand her lyrics--and what powerful lyrics they are. The eerie silent film blues-jazz piano music is a perfect Edgar Allan Poe-like accompaniment to Marjana's theatric performance. Brilliant! (10/10)

6. "Ghost of a Story" (3:58) this song, unfortunately, relies on too many elements that are already familiar from previous iamthemorning songs and albums. (8/10)

7. "Song of Psyche" (3:20) (8.5/10)

8. "Lilies" (4:28) the trilling of Gleb's right-hand piano arpeggi do not mesh well with Marjana's vocal. Take out the right hand and then you'd have a cool Berthold Brecht/Kurt Weill song. But, then, you'd not have that wonderful C section piano solo. Still, the tension of two songs in one is not easily rectified. (8.5/10)

9. "Salute" (7:27) great song with fresh sounds, structures, melodies, and true progginess. (Great guitar work from iamthemorning stalwart Vlad Avy. (13.25/15)

10. "The Bell" (5:04) Simply gorgeous in every respect: melodies, dynamics, textures, performance subtleties, sound engineering, lyrical content and power. Perhaps the best song Marjana and Gleb have ever recorded. (Maybe the best Song of the Year?) (10/10)

Total Time 46:10

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of classically-based crossover progressive rock music. An album that suffers, at times, from over-familiarity, yet contains some of the best songs and performances that iamthemorning has ever committed to posterity.

 Miscellany by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.17 | 56 ratings

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Miscellany
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Between the first two albums, Iamthemorning released this EP containing a couple of tracks from the incoming album "Belighted" and the rest from their excellent debut. Probably it was a way to "taste the public reactions" before releasing the album. Nothing to say about Marjana and Gleb, having less or more instrumentists, arranging the songs in a way or another doesn't impact on the great vocals and the fantastic skill of Gleb as pianist and composer.

Comparing the EP versions with the "official ones" doesn't make justice to them, as most of the EP is unplugged. Despite being unplugged, anyway, there is a number of guest musicians as usual, and PORCUPINE TREE's drummer Gavin Harrison playing on "The Simple Story" represents the beginning of a collaboration that will bring the duo to record their third album "Lighthouse" in the UK.

The songs don't suffer for being unplugged, and I have to say that the piano performance can be better appreciated. As a true musician, Gleb Kolyadin sometimes sacrifices the piano when the songs are arranged for a complete band, but in the unplugged versions the importance of the piano is restored.

So it's an interesting EP for who already follows the band. Now that some years are passed and more albums have seen the light, the original purpose of the EP has lost its sense, but it remains an excellent "unplugged".

 The Bell by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.20 | 91 ratings

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The Bell
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by Yo-yo

5 stars Iamthemorning's previous releases (in particular Lighthouse and the Ocean Sounds Sessions compilation) already made it to my all-time favorites. Their distinct symphonic/folk/prog Renaissance-inspired style with a good dose of poetic atmosphere, piano virtuosity, and that particular Eastern European melancholy is something I came to love; and I receive no less than that on their newest album, 'The Bell'. This one feels darker, perhaps due to the lyrical subject matters, bearing a level of modern dark-cabaretesque energy (or is it just me?). The complexity on 'The Bell' comes and goes like a sinusoid: between the epic, flabbergasting melodic eruptions of 'Freak Show', 'Salute' and (my personal favorite, underappreciated gem) 'Six Feet', and the simpler acoustic ballads such as 'Blue Sea', 'Song of Psyche' and titular 'The Bell'. Marjana Semkina's vocals are capable of impressive dynamics, ethereal one moment and defined the other, while Gleb Kolyadin's piano playing shines in particular on 'Lillies' (both the pace and the composition are insanely impressive and obviously professional). The more complex and energetic tracks (mentioned before) were instant likes for me, with their rich instrumentation, clear build-ups, climaxes, and (at times) unsettling harmonies falling right into my 'good prog' box. The album's ballads don't have as much to offer, slightly disappointing in terms of structure and melody, 'Blue Sea' being perhaps the simplest of them ' but are pleasant nonetheless. As for the tracks in between these two extremities? They definitely lean towards the positives, but are not as captivating ' be it due to more repetitions, untimely (early) endings, or simply needing more time to grow on the listener.

I have debated whether this album deserves strong 4 stars or weaker 5 stars. Nonetheless, for the listening experience, the complexity/energy sinusoid works quite well, leaving time to rest, and (with less attention required) prepare for the next brilliant bomb of the likes of 'Freak Show', 'Six Feet', 'Lillies' and 'Salute'. It is obvious that every part of the album was executed with care, inspiration, and skill of the highest kind. As such, Iamthemorning's 'The Bell' deserves a title of a masterpiece, even if not all of the tracks on this album align exactly with my personal tastes.

 The Bell by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.20 | 91 ratings

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The Bell
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by ole-the-first

5 stars Overloaded with eclectic ideas and better-than-ever melodies, iamthemorning's 'The Bell' marks the most substantial leap that acclaimed Russian chamber duo ever did in their career at this point.

Two mini-epics at the start and at the end of this album (namely Freak Show and Salute) make a sort of circular journey out of 'The Bell' while also reaching almost a Secret Chiefs 3 level of eclectic complexity with jazz, IDM, Russian folk and heavy rock bits scattered all around them, and this comes out as really unexpected move. Both epics never meander and 'Freak Show' delivers us arguably the most beautiful example of iamthemorning songwriting (and yes, I am taliking about a band which had released such songwriting masterpeces as 'Reprise of Light/No Light' and 'Gerda'). As Marjana Semkina's voice floats like a spring stream into 'They're not the only ones/There are hundreds of likes of theme around' lines on the opening track, iamthemorning creates their most otherwordly beautiful harmony to date.

Shorter tracks are unsurprisingly good and well-crafted. While 'Blue Sea' might sound a bit like 'Lighthouse' outtake (and it's the only part of this album that slightly bothers me), 'Black And Blue' incorporates some unexpected Tangerine Dream-like synths and 'Lilies' showcases some incredibly bright and nuanced staccato piano from Gleb Kolyadin. On 'Six Feet' iamthemorning once again reach their melodic peak and 'Sleeping Beauty' piano outro is nothing short of majestic.

After this album came out I had to admit that it completely overshadowed band's previous effort, 'Lighthouse'. Being rid of Marcel van Limbeek's absurdly bad production, iamthemorning's studio sound shines again like it never did since '~'.

I hope iamthemorning will overthrow several financial problems they faced in recent years, which had unfortunately restrained this band's touring possibilities. iamthemorning's ability of creating music of the highest quality never fails to impress me, and that's why we need this entity to go on with their creative flux. There's more than a mere possibility for iamthemorning to become one of the grandest bands in the whole progressive rock's immense and uncertain-of-its-borders genre.

 The Bell by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.20 | 91 ratings

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The Bell
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

4 stars "Iamthemorning" is a classically-trained, yet crossover prog band from Russia that was formed in 2010. The core of the group is made up of a duo, however, in their live shows and on their albums, they often recruit several musicians, ensembles and orchestras to help them create their vision. Live shows can sometimes feature up to 8 individual players, not including ensembles and such. They have released four full length albums since 2012, including the album "The Bell" released in August of 2019. This album is inspired by song cycles in the style used by Schubert, and center around the topic of human cruelty and the pain caused from it, and the ways we deal with it. According to Bandcamp, the album is based on themes from the art and culture of Victorian England, yet strives to show that we haven't really made any changes in our emotional maturity since then. The album is made up of 10 tracks with a total run time of 46 minutes.

The core of the band is made up of Marjana Semkina on vocals and Gleb Kolyadin on grand piano and other keyboards. As guests, Vlad Avy plays acoustic and electric guitars, Zoltan Renaldi on bass, Svetlana Shumkova and Evan Carson on drums and percussion, Andres Izmaylov on harp, Grigory Osipov on marimba, Dmitry Tsepilov on sax, Ilya Leontyev on trumpet and Mr. Konin on bells, accordion and clapping. Also featured is the St. Petersburg Orchestra string ensemble.

"Freak Show" (7:09) starts off with the classical, pastoral feel, immediately beginning with Marjana's vocals, piano, synths, harp and strings. The melody is easy enough to follow even though it doesn't follow any real standard structure. At 2 minutes, the drums and bass all kick in and the music starts to move forward, still heavily and well-orchestrated. As it continues, it moves from pastoral to a more rock style, taking turns, but with plenty of flourishes among the instruments. Just before 4 minutes, it all gets surprisingly heavy when the piano and electric guitar join forces, but the track is not one to rest on any one style for too long. The music calms, but then the piano brings in the heavy chord progression again, this time accompanied by the sax and the drums again. It all softens to an atmospheric section where wordless vocals persist, intensity builds a bit, then it all stops leaving an acoustic guitar all by itself. This opening track should impress any prog lover or anyone with a love for classically-inspired rock. Excellent show stopper of a track.

After this, the tracks shorten for a while with times lasting between 3 and 4 minutes, and the music is mostly in the same song style as Schubert, simple, yet classically inspired, in other words, easy to listen to, but more complex than any standard pop music. "Sleeping Beauty" is a nice, laid-back song mostly led by acoustic and soft electric guitars, vocals and piano. "Blue Sea" uses tender piano flourishes and strummed acoustic guitar (played on this track by Marjana herself) to back the lovely vocals. Marjana gets to show off her range a bit more here, and it is quite impressive. But so is Gleb's piano work. "Black and Blue" continues with the soft sound as the vocals are more subdued, yet harmonized, and soft, minimal synths and acoustic guitar play around her vocals. The string ensemble joins in and the music swells with the piano taking the spotlight with some beautiful soloing.

"Six Feet" has a more careless attitude, but starts like the previous tracks, soft and gentle, but with a bit of a lilt to the vocals. The piano plays more dissonantly in this case also, but never to the point of being overbearing. Vocals strengthen as the track continues. Drums suddenly come in after minutes for the first time in a while, and then the music crescendo's to an emotional climax, then back off again. "Ghost of a Story" retains the piano, acoustic guitar and vocals, but also includes a harp and bass with a bit of percussion. This leads up to a nice, folkish style dance beat as it continues to an instrumental break as the keys take up the melody and then bring the song to a close. "Song of Psyche" is more pensive with acoustic guitar accompaniment and harmonized vocals. The piano comes in later adding a more dramatic effect to the song. "Lilies" (4:28) brings back a bit more length to the tracks, and a fast piano arpeggio accompanies the vocals this time, bringing in more intensity for this track. The last half of the song belongs to an amazing piano interlude.

"Salute" (7:27) again begins with fast piano and vocals. Soon, the acoustic guitar plays along with the pianos fast notes, a crash of a cymbal brings in percussion and drums, chimes, bass and other instruments. The music swells, then a nice regal trumpet comes in and just a hint of electric guitar. After some more vocals, the piano leads the other instruments into a nice instrumental break. Vocals come back at 4 minutes, everything is a bit more forceful now as tension builds. A squealing guitar comes in at 5 minutes and plays a solo above the other instruments, mostly egged on by the piano. This continues until the end. The last track, "The Bell" (5:04) begins with a thoughtful piano and hesitant vocals. This track features the original duo in a lovely and pensive track, simple, yet elegant and, just like the rest of the album, romantically and classically inspired.

This is quite an enjoyable album, mostly featuring the talents of the duo, but bringing in others to help give personality to the individual songs. The music is mostly simple, yet in a classical way, its music that probably won't offend the neighbors or anyone else for that matter, but, yet, it is complex enough to not be your standard fodder. The best tracks are the longer ones, but that doesn't mean that the other tracks should go unnoticed because there is still a lot of beauty and ingenuity and excellent performances among those also. It is quite a nice album, but would have been even a bit better with a little more usage of the other guests here, especially the string ensemble. However, the classical influence is very evident throughout and that makes this album shine. The vocals are lovely and the piano work is excellent. The songwriting is also great and that becomes more evident as you listen to it more. Great album for those who love their prog on the softer side, but still don't mind if things occasionally get dynamic from time to time.

 The Bell by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.20 | 91 ratings

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The Bell
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by tempest_77

5 stars The Bell is another excellent release from the Russian modern prog group. Iamthemorning's "~" is one of my favorite modern prog albums, and with this release they do not disappoint. The album is filled with their usual folk-infused moments, along with a few of the more electric moments off of Lighthouse. The bulk of the album is filled with tracks of a shorter length, more typical to their debut album than either of their more recent albums. This does not, however, detract from their strength. The lyrics are much darker than much of their previous work, which works wonderfully in contrast with the light quality of the music.

"Freak Show" is a great, emotionally charged piece that starts of mellow but quickly builds in intensity. Right off the bat with this track, we can tell that Semkina's vocals are stronger than ever on this album. There's some great interplay between the piano, the string ensemble, and the guitars (both electric and acoustic) on this song. Probably the strongest track on the album, I love the contrast of the mellow moments with the real intensity of the electric guitars.

"Sleeping Beauty" is a much shorter track than "Freak Show", but is still very enjoyable. It's a fairly through-composed track, with some beautiful moments and a great complex piano outro.

"Blue Sea" is the shortest track on the album, clocking in at 3:08. It is an acoustic-centered track with some great embellishments from Kolyadin on piano. There's a great choral background in this piece as well, showcasing Semkina's voice even when she isn't singing the lyrics.

"Black and Blue" starts off with a sparse electric piano part under Semkina's vocals. There's some really wonderful production on this album in general; the vocals in particular on this song have some beautiful reverb on them. It's a fairly simple track which riffs on the same idea throughout but continues to build in intensity.

"Six Feet" starts off with a jazzy piano part, a bit of a contrast to Kolyadin's usual piano work, though he quickly brings the classical influence into it. There are some really wild harmonic choices that he makes on this track, which I think really add a lot to it. At a point where I was getting a little tired of the mellow style of the past few songs, it grabs my attention again, but not in the way I exactly expected.

"Ghost of a Story" starts off the same way many of these songs do, with piano, vocals, and some strings, but quickly builds into something else. About a minute into the song, it turns into a fairly composed folk-prog piece, almost like Jethro Tull in style if not for the focus on the piano. It really is something different from the past few songs, and is a nice change of pace.

"Song of Psyche" brings back the focus on the acoustic guitar from "Blue Sea", before turning back to piano for the chorus. Like "Blue Sea", it's a fairly simple track compared to what's around it, but it's a nice break from the complexity of the previous songs.

"Lilies" opens with a rapid-fire piano part, setting us up for a more intense climax than the bulk of what's come before it. This tension is held throughout the whole song, however, with the piano certainly building in intensity but never releasing into a full band moment, so we don't get the payoff of it until the following track.

"Salute" also begins with a fairly intense piano part, picking up where the tension of the previous track left off. However, the track soon introduces acoustic guitar alongside it, setting us up for a climax that we didn't get in the previous track, and indeed the track quickly adds more instruments. There's a bizarre circus-like feeling that the song gives us in several sections; in fact, the whole song is a bit of a whirlwind of a ride before we finally get the release of tension about five minutes into the piece with a lead guitar part.

"The Bell" closes out the album with its title track. A fairly calm introduction sets us up for more mellow ending than many prog albums choose to take. It's a very lovely track to close with, as Semkina has some massive and lush vocal harmonies over Kolyadin's beautiful piano playing. After the extensive instrumentation of "Salute", it's a nice touch to end the album with just the two primary members of the band.

All in all, The Bell takes the band's experimentation with electric sound on Lighthouse and combines it with the more acoustic, folk-based formula of their debut album, making for what might be their strongest album yet. It feels like an album that requires more than one listen to fully appreciate it, but I already enjoyed it quite a bit after just one listen. 9/10, but I'll give it five stars because I think it'll grow on me even more.

 The Bell by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.20 | 91 ratings

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The Bell
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars Marjana Semkina and Gleb Kolyadin are insanely talented. Marjana has an angelic voice, and Gleb's piano playing is complex and just breathtaking. Add some strings, electric guitar, and some sax and you have an eclectic release that is not afraid to push boundaries. Listening to this for the first time, I am blown away by the quality. Without comparing this to previous releases, it is absolutely a genre defying work of art. The compositions and musicianship are all top notch, and The Bell takes the listener on an adventure. Every track flows like the one before it, and the album moves at a brisk pace with several building moments highlighted by guitar solos. I am not ready to pick favorite tracks, but Salute is a long builder that rocks. With the many musicians acquired, and the excellent cover art, this is a great album created from care and craftmanship that will not disappoint. 4.5/5
 Lighthouse by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 336 ratings

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Lighthouse
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by rogerthat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Of late, I have been listening to the Scottish band Frontierer. It's mathcore and mathcore so heavy that even us metalheads joke that this is pretty much straight up noise, ha! It's tons of fun...if it's your kind of thing. But as non mainstream music in general heads in the direction of louder and weirder, I have wondered whether new bands would continue to experiment in settings drenched in conventional melody. I don't insist that all music should be beautiful in the conventional sense of the word but at least some of it should be, if I may say so. And it's no good if the only melodic music that remains is that which nostalgically imitates the old with no original voice of its own.

Fortunately, Iamthemorning's music seems tailor-made to address all such misgivings and misplaced apprehensions. You couldn't get too many outfits this square, this antiquated if you scourged every nook and cranny of the planet. Driven primarily by soft mezzo female vocals and piano with an assortment of string and wind instruments. Guitar, drums and bass (indeed the rhythm team of Porcupine Tree itself) exist only to carefully inject occasional doses of power, not to dominate the proceedings as they usually do in rock.

Perhaps, though, there is something bold about this antiquity. What kind of band boldly steps forth to release music made with such a vintage ensemble in the 2010s? The answer: obviously a band that bloody well know what they are doing. Specifically the pianist Gleb Kolyadin. His touch on the instrument is absolutely silken and together with the ultra thin voiced Marjana Semkina he proceeds to explore shades of soft, softer and softest. You had better crank up the music a little. You have to reach out and get to the music a bit rather than it coming to you loud and clear as modern music tends to. Another defiant note of antiquity, preferring to make a soft and (ultra) dynamic album rather than a loud and compressed one. A shout out to the mighty Gavin Harrison. How, just how, does he go from the muscular prog metallish expeditions of Porcupine Tree to this?

Take a listen to their debut album, though, and you realise it isn't really about Harrison or the plethora of musicians they have assembled for this project. And this is not to say that the musicians haven't, to a man, done a fabulous job here. But the debut is pretty much equally enchanting, equally beautiful. So this singer-keyboardist duo have hit upon a niche that they could milk for another half a dozen albums without boring their fans to death. As long as Kolyadin is able to come up with chord progressions that you could swear you have heard before and yet sound uncanny and fresh (that's songwriting magic right there for you), he can go on writing these songs that are neither ambitious enough to be full fledged prog epics but are still mostly a bit too complex to be straight up pop.

And once in a while, he can decide to flex his muscles and reveal those chops that he chooses to use very sparingly. Check out Chalk and Coal, the piano break at around 3:40 in said track where in 20 seconds of calculated frenzy he sweeps you off the floor. Certainly my favourite track of the album but the title track, Too Many Years, Harmony are all well worth your time. The whole album, really. Not one false note on this amazingly consistent, cohesive compilation of tracks.

I am not quite as dazzled by Marjana Semkina's vocals but she is pleasant, more than capable and most importantly emotes aptly for the mood of these songs. Coming to the mood, this is decidedly less sunny than the debut. More Iamtheevening than Iamthemorning. But that's alright; variety is the spice of life. If anything, it shows the band has deceptive range, adapting to these sometimes gothic moods as easily as say the bright sounds of Weather Changing off the debut.

There isn't much to add except to say that I love this album to pieces and look forward to plenty more music from this band.

 Belighted by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.84 | 347 ratings

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Belighted
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The key iamthemorning duo of Marjana Semkina and Gleb Kolyadin were able to step into a professional studio environment for this followup to surprise hit "~", thanks in part to the contributions of Kickstarter backers. The end result was presumably an important learning experience for them, given that they were able to keep their recording career going afterwards and follow it up with the masterpiece Lighthouse, but I find that Belighted itself is a bit less interesting either than what preceded it or what followed. It's all very pretty, but there's a certain irony to a song here being called "The Simple Story", since it does feel like they are playing it safe and keeping things simple here rather than really stretching.

It's probably worth a listen for anyone who likes their particular chamber folk style of art rock, but at the same time I wouldn't put it on the level of either of their other two studio albums.

 Lighthouse by IAMTHEMORNING album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 336 ratings

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Lighthouse
Iamthemorning Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Continuing their weaving between chamber folk with prog stylings and progressive rock with a chamber folk approach, iamthemorning's Lighthouse finds them navigating the choppy waters between those two styles successfully to produce another strong album. It didn't blow me out of my socks immediately like the debut did, but it's got these delicious hidden depths where Marjana Semkina's vocals, Gleb Kolyadin's keyboards, and their extensive supply of supporting musicians can lull you into thinking that you've got the number of a composition before they change it up on you in a way which makes you reassess not just the section you are listening to, but the entire song.

In short, then, the duo are staying the course with remarkable tenacity and continuing to push the boundaries of their personal, esoteric mashup of styles. Long may they sail.

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