Iamthemorning Lighthouse on 180g LP + Download
Kscope are set to release the brand new studio album from Russian progressive duo Iamthemorning. Lighthouse is the follow up to the band's 2014 album Belighted. 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 debut for the label in 2014.
As with Belighted, the engineering and mixing on Lighthouse was handled by Marcel van Limbeek (Tori Amos) 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 Marusiz 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. Recorded across London, Moscow and 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.
Lighthouse is 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 album has been inspired by the works and lives of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. Album artwork for Lighthouse was created by watercolor artist Constantine Nagishkin who the band have previous collaborated with on covers.