Like the other albums of iamthemorning, this one is very recommendable too. Some tracks are punchy (freak show), other are more quieter but all are good. The piano of Gleb is tasteful ans the voice of Marjana is heavently.
Favorite track: Freak Show.
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.
This haunting, beautiful, calm, mellow and yet powerful album, has to be my joint favourite release of the year so far. I have it on LP but it forms part of the streaming soundtrack to most days. I can play this at anytime of the day because although there is a slight melancholy to some of the pieces the overall effect is quite uplifting.
Give it a try! Nuff said! jollypike
Quite unlike his first "solo" album, this is a set of neo-classic solo piano works much like his early material as Poloniumcubes (thus the use of scare quotes around solo). If this release appeals to you then you really should check out his early Poloniumcubes work, also available on BC. sumbuk