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Album Pre-Review: Lighthouse by IAMTHEMORNING




IAMTHEMORNING is a progressive, chamber band formed in 2010 by Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin based out of St. Petersburg, Russia.

‘Lighthouse’ is set for release in early April and features a strong, intricate piano base provided by Gleb Kolyadin and is mixed with slightly off tempo drumming, trumpet and aggressive bass lines. It also has an ambient almost ethereal quality to it thanks to the whispery, operatic vocals of Marjana Semkina. This light atmospheric sound however, doesn’t prevent it from showcasing it’s darker, deeper, more mysterious undertones as highlighted in track ‘Clear Clearer’.

Very theatrical, in both production and storytelling, this is clearly a band who likes to have fun and use all tools at their disposal. Playing with various musical elements and styles they often feature accompanying sounds of wind or waves throughout.

As the album progresses you can start to sense a strong , solid Jazz influence. This is particularly showcased in ‘Matches’ which also features some really fun electric guitar, creating an upbeat track with some urgency.

Overall I think this album is a very dedicated effort. it’s consistent in it’s approach, artistic and expressive. If you’re the adventurous type and looking for something out of the comfort zone, then this is for you.

Kat Harlton
Kat Harlton is the founder of The Harlton Empire and a Canadian media liaison with expertise in music promotion,social media and public relations. In the past 5 years, she has worked with some of the most talented artists in the Toronto music scene, and booked and/or co-promoted shows at some of Toronto’s best venues. Kat holds a diploma in Theatre Arts from Fanshawe College and is an active volunteer for numerous local Toronto causes and organizations. Kat’s been a guest contributor for BlogTO, blogs on social media & radio for SoCast SRM and reviews live shows and albums for Lithium Magazine. She’s passionate about supporting the indie art & entertainment scene and you can find out more about her here: