closely. I am really tempted to slap a really high rating on this new EP from
the always amazing Russian band iamthemorning. I don't care if this EP,
"Miscellany", only has two new songs. I don't care if this EP was an
afterthought of sorts. What I do care about is the fact that this short EP is
chock full of beautiful melodies, amazing vocals, and excellent musicianship.
That, my friends, is what draws me to this band time and time again.
First of all,
if you don't know who iamthemorning is, you should rectify that immediately.
This two-piece band plays a refreshing form of chamber rock.
Well, if you want to call
it "rock". It's basically progressive music of some type mixed with neoclassical
influences and a distinct artistic personality. It's light, fresh, stunningly
beautiful, and thick with artistic integrity.
"Miscellany" is an EP released by the band to tide us over until the launch of
their imminent second album. Like I said, it features two new songs and some
live and alternative tracks. First of all, the new tracks are amazing. "To Human
Misery" is incredibly emotional and even hopeful. It shows iamthemorning at
their best, honestly. The next track is "The Simple Story", another emotional
track that features Gavin Harrison on some rather unique drums. These two tracks
are surprisingly addictive and simply powerful.
remainder of the tracks are either live or alternate versions, most of them from
the first album. This is NOT a bad thing, especially if you don't own their
first album. All of these songs are interesting and I even find that this London
version of "Touching II" is the best version yet. That means a lot because I
believe it to be their best song. Every single track on this EP is worthwhile,
both for your time and your money. So, even though I cannot give this EP the
highest honors, it still is very, very strong and promises an amazing sophomore
album from my favorite Russian band.