iamthemorning
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4.0
excellent

Review

by menawati CONTRIBUTOR (92 Reviews)
December 17th, 2012 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A beautiful album of classically inspired progressive folk music.

Classical music influences can be found in many forms of popular music. Performers from a wide range of backgrounds have incorporated instruments usually found in an orchestra into their arrangements in an attempt to lend their sound an individualistic quality. This has of course been quite prevalent in the world of progressive rock but there are examples of acts from many other genres who have followed this approach to some degree or another. Iamthemorning, formed in 2010 and hailing from St. Petersburg in Russia, seem to be approaching things from the opposite direction. These guys have all studied classical music at higher education level and are attempting to incorporate popular music into their traditional sound.

When classical musicians attempt to embrace popular musical forms the results can often be risible. Images of photogenic female prodigies prancing around with a violin to the backing of some awfully banal soft rock immediately spring to mind. Iamthemorning are thankfully light years away from this caricature. They describe themselves as a neo-classical progressive folk band, which fits the music they produce quite accurately. This oddly entitled debut album, "~", is an extremely accomplished set of some quite beautiful classical folk songs interspersed with small instrumental interludes. The closest comparison that could be made for their music would be the work of Kate Bush. Indeed, the lead singer, who sings in perfect English, has a voice that isn't too far removed from that of Kate's; furthermore, the music is dominated by the sort of lilting piano melodies that permeated some of her work. The album opens to the sound of seagulls and a beautiful multi-tracked vocal harmony which blends into the Beethoven influenced piano passages which dominate the soft and mournful "Inside". There is a delicate wintry feel to this song, which is an atmosphere that infuses the whole album. One of the stand-outs is the beautiful "Circles" with its infectious piano melody, dulcet string section and touching lead vocal. The aforementioned instrumental interludes serve admirably to aid the flow of the album as a whole and imbue a stream of conciousness feel to proceedings. Other highlights include the beautiful "Touching II" with its melancholy cello passages and echoed plucked violin and the ethereal "Scotland" which is probably the most immediately memorable song on the album.

As mentioned before there is a cold and wintry aspect to the music, but it also has an engaging and intimate quality. The standard of musicianship is high but the album has not been crafted as an excuse to show off; in fact this is very easy and relaxing to listen to, which belies some of the quite complex arrangements. The melodies are enchanting, the sonic textures are appealing and the whole atmosphere lulls and caresses the senses. Definitely worth a listen for fans of Kate Bush or anyone who is partial to some delicate female vocal led progressive folk.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album is freely downloadable on their website and on bandcamp :-
http://iamthemorningband.bandcamp.com/
http://iamthemorning.com/

Circles - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hIvlZkJ3DE
Scotland - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9olJsnyDcMc

MeatSalad
December 17th 2012


15073 Comments


Pos :D

Digging: Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs (And Around in Your Heart and on

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dude, check it out if you like a bit of proggy Kate

MeatSalad
December 17th 2012


15073 Comments


Dl'ing right now, nice and slow off their website

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm, well its on bandcamp too, should be fast this time of day

Funeralopolis
December 17th 2012


11893 Comments


sounds interesting

pos

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ThroneOfAgony
December 17th 2012


3485 Comments


awesome

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2012


7464 Comments


This isn't my cup of tea at all, but great write-up as always.

Evreaia
December 17th 2012


4060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

supah sexy album bror made it in ma top 10

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2012


10383 Comments


Huh, sounds really sweet.

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Chortles
December 18th 2012


18100 Comments


pos'd hard, i have this downloaded but i still haven't listened

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012


20158 Comments


folk! good review as always, pos'd

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

next time u are in a kate mood try it instead chortles. thanks atari

CaptainDooRight
December 19th 2012


30334 Comments


'~'

was thinkin bout reving this at one point too,

about a 3.5 for me, but pos pras

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks captain
is '~' an emoticon or a correction ?


CaptainDooRight
December 19th 2012


30334 Comments


no lol i stole that emoticon from u bro, from your soundoff from this album

ive used it many times around you hoping you would catch it at some point

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol sorry, if it seemed like an emoticon it wasnt intended

LunaticSoul
January 31st 2013


214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Brilliant stuff (the record), review was a good read. Aside from the fact of being a female voice accompanied by (mostly) piano, i don't think the comparison to Kate Bush is that fitting. I'd pick from alternative/proggy-ish bands such as Dial/The Gathering.

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demigod!
January 31st 2013


45266 Comments


dat album name

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Chortles
January 31st 2013


18100 Comments


it fits hard



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