The brand new studio album Lighthouse from Russian progressive duo Iamthemorning is OUT NOW (3rd June in France).
Lighthouse is the follow up to the band’s 2014 album Belighted and features guests Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) & Mariusz Duda (Riverside, Lunatic Soul), Mixed By Marcel Van Limbeek (Tori Amos).
Formed in 2010 in St Petersburg Russia, 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. In 2015 they toured Europe with labels mates, the art-progressive outfit Gazpacho last year.
As with ‘Belighted’, the engineering and mixing on Lighthouse is handled by Marcel van Limbeek (Tori Amos) with the team of great engineers (Vlad Avy, Gianluca Capacchione, Neil Pickles) 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).
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.
Recorded across London, Moscow & St Petersburg, the core instrument of the band, the grand piano, was recorded in Mosfilm Studios Moscow, the largest and oldest studios in Russia. Founded in 1920, Mosfilm is renowned for recording orchestras for soundtracks for the most famous Soviet-era films, including works by Tarkovsky and Eisenstein.
The album artwork for Lighthouse was created by watercolour artist Constantine Nagishkin who the band have previously collaborated with.
“St Petersburg duo cast a shining light on Russian prog”
Press quotes for Lighthouse
“reflects the human condition with stunning accuracy both lyrically and musically, making it a timeless work of art.”
“Lavish, abundantly inspired, and desperately good in every respect… …made for those who crave expression, beauty, and emotional power.”
10/10 The PROG Mind
“destined to be a classic of modern music, regardless of the genre.”
“Lighthouse is truly a fascinating, honest and truly impassioned portrayal of the convoluted quest in cognisance of emotion.”
“A classic in the making, this is a towering achievement on every level”
Echoes & Dust
“…perfectly mixed…a sound storm that bewitches the listener with the expressive voice of Marjana Semkina.”
Iamthemorning join labelmates Steven Wilson & The Pineapple Thief on Be Prog! My Friend festival line up on 1st July 2016 in Barcelona.
Russian progressive duo Iamthemorning who released their new album Lighthouse earlier this month will join the likes of co-headliners Steve Wilson and Opeth as well as Magma, The Pineapple Thief, Between The Buried and Me and many more.
Vocalist 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.’
Since its inception in 2014 the Barcelona based festival Be Prog! My Friend has played host to the likes of Anathema, Devin Townsend, TesseracT, Camel, Meshuggah, Katatonia, Riverside, Isahn and Alcest.
Taking place in the beautiful open air surroundings of Poble Espanyol the site is one of the most important landmarks of tourism in Barcelona. By day the Catalonian hotspot is an architectural museum and on the first weekend of July it will play host to some of the world’s finest progressive bands.
Sponsored by Metal Hammer and Prog Magazine, 2016 will see Be Prog! My Friend co-headlined by Steven Wilson and fellow progressive heavyweights Opeth.
Friday 1st July is a free entry show only for those who have purchased tickets for the Saturday. This will also now take place at Poble Espanyol having been moved from the Sala Apolo concert hall to meet demand. The line-up features Steven Wilson’s label mates The Pineapple Thief who will be joined by the highly rated Icelandic band Agent Fresco and Barcelona’s very own Obsidian Kingdom and Exxasens as well as the newly added iamthemorning.
The line-up so far:
Friday 1st July, Poble Espanyol:
The Pineapple Thief, iamthemorning, Agent Fresco, Obsidian Kingdom, Exxasens
Saturday 2nd July, Poble Espanyol:
Steven Wilson, Opeth, Magma, Between the Buried & Me, Anneke van Giersbergen, Textures
Tickets priced at 90 Euros are available here: ticketmaster.es/es/entradas-musica/be-prog-my-friend/6279/
Be Prog! My Friend takes place in the heart of Barcelona and with an airport only 12km away, regular, cheap flights make it an easy festival to get and from the UK. Bands will start playing from mid/late afternoon each day which will also mean visitors have plenty of time to explore the stunning city of Barcelona while they are there.