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The Bell

by iamthemorning

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Freak Show 07:09
Blue Sea 03:08
Six Feet 03:56
Lilies 04:28
Salute 07:27
The Bell 05:04


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

The Bell

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

Strings Ensemble:
St.Petersburg Orchestra "1703"
(Санкт-Петербургский Оркестр 1703):

1st Violins:
IIia Dyakov
Ekaterina German
Ekaterina Chernyaeva
Anastasia Litvinova

2nd Violins:
Anita Azhashkouskaya
Dmitry Kolyasnikov
Anna Melnikova
Yulia Kashshapova

Nadezhda Savina
Dmitry Gonchar
Semyon Samsonov

Darya Popova
Ilya Izmaylov

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.




iamthemorning Saint Petersburg, Russia

Chamber prog duo originated in Russia, based in the UK. Gleb Kolyadin on piano & Marjana Semkina on vocals, writing songs about dead victorian girls and premature burials


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