The Bell by iamthemorning
The Bell was inspired by 19th century song cycles, a genre established by Schubert, and themes from Victorian England art and culture. It is divided into two parts, but each song is a story in its own right, all of them are fuelled by human cruelty and pain caused by it. Cruelty and different ways that we cope with it and suffer from it is the central theme of the album. This album is multi-layered and is, in many ways, a journey inwards, taking us inside of a mind of a person suffering from abuse or neglect or open hostility of the society or a specific person.
And even though aesthetically the album is based on themes taken from Victorian England’s art and culture, it is mainly a way to look at ourselves and modern society and realise that at its core, humankind isn’t making much progress in terms of emotional maturity.
released August 2, 2019
Marjana Semkina – vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (3)
Gleb Kolyadin – grand piano, keyboards
Vlad Avy – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Zoltan Renaldi – bass, double bass (1, 2, 6, 9)
Svetlana Shumkova – drums (1, 5, 9)
Evan Carson – drums, percussion (2, 6, 9)
Andres Izmaylov – harp (1, 6, 9)
Grigory Osipov – marimba (2, 9)
Dmitry Tsepilov – saxophone (1, 2)
Ilya Leontyev – trumpet (9)
Mr Konin - bells, accordeon, clapping
St.Petersburg Orchestra "1703"
(Санкт-Петербургский Оркестр 1703):
Vocals recorded by Gianluca Capacchione at Noatune Studios, London
Grand piano recorded by Sergey Kruglov at MosFilm Studios, Moscow
Guitars recorded by Vlad Avy
Bass and Double Bass recorded by Zoltan Renaldi
Drums (1, 5, 9) recorded by Vlad Avy and Darren McGill at Union Sound Company, Toronto
Drums and Percussion (2, 6, 9) recorded by Pete Ord at The Studio at Sunbeams, Penrith
Strings recorded by Fedor Naumov at LenDoc Studios, St.Petersburg
Harp recorded by Andres Izmaylov
Marimba, saxophone and trumpet recorded by Sergey Ryltsev at RedWave Studios, St.Petersburg
Mixing and mastering by Vlad Avy
Artwork by Constantine Nagishkin
Design and layout by Xenoyr
All tracks composed by iamthemorning
Produced by Vlad Avy, Gleb Kolyadin & Marjana Semkina
Special thanks to Johnny Wilks, Tony Harris, Scott “Ckott” Robinson and everyone at Kscope; Rob Palmen and Glassville Music.
Marjana thanks Marc C. for his support; Brock family and every single person supporting me on Patreon.
Gleb thanks his teacher Vladimir Viktorovich Polyakov, Universe and the powers of divine deadline.
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