Iamthemorning - Belighted

Debut Album on 2LP 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Records

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Belighted is the second (debut major lable) studio album by Russian progressive rock band iamthemorning, released in September 2014 via Kscope.

Iamthemorning is a Russian progressive rock and chamber pop duo formed in St. Petersburg in 2010, comprising singer Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin. After self-releasing their debut album in 2012, they signed with Kscope Records and released second album Belighted in 2014 which featured Gavin Harrison the drummer from Porcupine Tree.

Belighted literally means "in a state of spiritual and intellectual exaltation", and so is an excellent hint at what this album is all about. Marjana gives her all in her vocal performance here. Her self-taught style is easily the highlight of the album, and her mastery of hooks never stops impressing. But it's not just her vocal skill that impresses, it's the nature way in which she sings about very personal and intriguing, disturbing topics. She maintains a delicate balance between vocal brilliance and fragility, especially on "Romance", "To Human Misery", "The Simple Story", and "Crowded Corridors".

The instrumentation on Belighted is equally arresting. Gleb astounds with his elegant grand piano, creating atmospheres of sophistication and intelligence. A huge list of collaborators, including Gavin Harrison, have given use of their skills here, too, and it really shows.

Iamthemorning, while still retaining some of their signature chamber sound, have decided to use a wider selection of instruments, utilising electric guitars and ambient keys, too. "The Howler" announces the presence of distortion with a subtle and addictive guitar lick that blends perfectly with the swirling acoustic instruments. Later on, in "Crowded Corridors", a whispering, ambient guitar adds touches of mystery to the music.

Belighted shows the band's commitment to progress and maturation. Surrounded by their signature (and brilliant) instrumental intermissions, their main tracks are very different from each other. Like precious jewels, some are guitar driven, some are vocally dominated, some are dark, some are uplifting, and others have incredibly complex structure.

Belighted is a monument to progression, art, human emotion, and deep storytelling that shouldn't be missed. With inspiring elegance, passion, vulnerability, and hope, Iamthemorning has ventured forth to present their work to the world, and is deserving of the accolades it’s received.

Check out the tracks: The Howler”; “5/4” and “To Human Mysery”.

This Double Album 2LP Record set on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl was pressed in Europe.

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Intermission IX

1:20

A2

The Howler

3:57

A3

To Human Misery

4:18

A4

Intermission X

0:53

A5

Romance

3:01

B1

The Simple Story

3:30

B2

Intermission XI

1:21

B3

5/4

3:50

B4

Crowded Corridors

8:44

C1

Gerda

4:52

C2

Os Lunatum

4:31

C3

Intermission XII

2:43

D1

K.O.S.

6:06

D2

Reprise Of Light / No Light

5:16

D3

Intermission XIII

0:58

SKU 802644891010
Record Label Kscope Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number KSCOPE940
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 28 October 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 15 September 2014
Barcode # 802644891010
Shipping Weight 0.3950kg
Shipping Width 0.007m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000690m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Poly Lined Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Format VINYL LP

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