Russian chamber prog group Iamthemorning, in anticipation for their newest studio album, have released a track titled “5/4”. Iamthemorning’s last album was one of our Proglodytes’ Picks for 2016, so we very much look forward to the new record! From the press release:
“Ahead of the release of Ocean Sounds, on Kscope on 19th October, the band have released a video to accompany the song “5/4”, which previously featured on the band’s first release for Kscope, Belighted.
“We usually say that 5/4 is one of the two cheerful songs we have in our discography, the second one being about burning houses down! To me, it feels that when you grow up and live in Russia, specifically in St Petersburg, everything you do is soaked up in this very special type of melancholy, which makes it difficult to write happy music.” Vocalist and songwriter Marjana Semkina muses, “this song was always a very nice change from the ongoing drama of our live setlist which is usually filled with images of drowning women, dead flowers and people buried alive. Besides, it’s always very lovely to see the audience engaging and clapping along with us.”
Following the success of their two highly-praised albums on Kscope, Belighted and Lighthouse, Russian duo Gleb Kolyadin and Marjana Semkina are releasing Ocean Sounds – a new studio film shot at and named after a remote recording studio on Giske, a Norwegian island. The footage offers a behind-the-scenes insight into the recording techniques of two of modern progressive music’s most talented composers. The content captures Iamthemorning’s live set-up from the last three years, with the setlist consisting of songs from their first three studio albums and an unplugged recording of “Blue Sea”, the first track to be written for their upcoming fourth album and exclusive to this Blu-ray disc.
The studio was designed with panoramic windows that allow the stunning back-drop of Giske Island and the Norwegian Sea to be baked into the performances, a location that is featured in glorious high-definition on the Blu-ray. Marjana commented “It was the most inspiring place for us to work in, surrounded by the sea, mountains, wild flowers and gorgeous Norwegian sunsets. All of the natural splendour we don’t see that often.”
The audio recording, mixing and mastering were handled by regular collaborator Vlad Avy, the film was produced and edited by Miles Skarin at Crystal Spotlight, and the watercolour artwork was designed by Constantine Nagishkin.
Ocean Sounds will be released as a 2 disc CD + Blu Ray set which includes the film and hi-res audio on Blu-ray; the audio on 180g LP; digitally and is available to pre-order HERE.”
IAMTHEMORNING will be playing at the Kscope 10th Anniversary show at London’s Union Chapel on Tuesday 2nd October. They will be appearing alongside Paul Draper and Anathema, plus Gleb Kolyadin will also perform a solo set.”