Marjana Semkina obviously needed to make music that was a bit unlike the Iamthemorning concept. Three days ago she released her solo debut album Sleepwalker. The new material draws from the Iamthemorning soundscape but exists fully in Marjana Semkina’s world, a compelling mixture of alternative folk, pop, drama, beauty and emotionally purging lyrics. Iamthemorning is a Russian progressive rock/chamber pop duo formed in 2010, consisting of singer Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin. BTW, their name was taken from the song I Am the Morning from Oceansize’s debut release, Effloresce.
Sleepwalker features Jordan Rudess, Nick Beggs and Craig Blundell and the St. Petersburg Orchestra 1703. Following the success of four highly praised albums with Iamthemorning, the lyricist, singer and co-songwriter Marjana Semkina releases her nice debut solo album. Characterized by her composed and unique voice, complex melodic lines and poetic lyrics with literary references, Marjana Semkina has often compared favorably with Kate Bush. The track Turn Back Time,
Marajana Semkina states about the song Turn Back Time, «This is one of the songs that pretty much wrote itself – one minute I’m starting to play something and I don’t know what will it lead to, the next I have a finished song on my hands. I’m very happy with the contribution of all musicians on this one – what started as a simple acoustic guitar song ended up being a rather energetic and upbeat listen. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to work with Craig Blundell and Nick Beggs for quite some time and I’m really happy that they found time in their busy schedule to play for me». The tracks Still Life and Lost At Sea,