Russian prog duo Iamthemorning have shared the video for their new single Cradle Song filmed across the UK, Russia and Canada during lockdown.
It’s the lead song off their self released EP Counting The Ghosts, which is available from 4th December. All the EP’s profits will go to help them raise money to record their new album.
As well as two new original songs, Cradle Song and Counting The Ghosts, the other tracks on the EP see Iamthemorning adding their own twist to two traditional festive songs. One is the 12th century hymn Veni Veni Emmanuel, and the more modern piece I Wonder As I Wander, which was thought to be collected by John Jacob Niles in 1933 from a young traveling evangelist Annie Morgan.
“Cradle Song appeared out of nowhere, just a couple of weeks before we actually started recording. I was staying in London by Bunhill Burial Grounds and frequently passed by William Blake’s grave and I was also reading a lot of his works so I think this is why I stylised it after him without even thinking and named it appropriately,” says the band’s vocalist Marjana.
“I wasn’t really intending to write anything – I borrowed an electric guitar from a friend and it was the first time I ever really played it. And as I was setting everything up something just came to me and I recorded it and sent it to Gleb – more to make him check the guitar sound than the song itself, but he suggested we use it on the release. It gathered a whole new dimension, of course, after him and Vlad added everything turning my random demo into an actual composition.
“We made the video for it scattered across three countries, UK, Russia and Canada, best we really could out of our cosy lockdown bubbles. I think the cosiness translates into both music and the video and it’s true to the times so I’m pleased with how it came together. Our regular collaborator Eggor Kree helped us put it in order.”
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