Sulphur Flowers is proud to present you its another release which we hope will bring you no less delight that it has brought us. Hailing from Italy, the man behind the project, Luca Bonandini, is known for his devotion to Russia: he was noticed in numerous collaborations with several locally distinguished Russian dark folk artists like Jhonnie from Kratong and Alexey Popov from Sunset Wings, and they have surely paid back by contributing to the Black Rainbow.
With his debut work Luca brings us the gift of his beautiful music that is bound to stun all the admirers of traditional first-wave dark folk music. Sounding in the best possible way that a hypothetical mix of Current 93 and Ataraxia would happen to be, the songs of TIoS are a bottomless sea of sorrowful yet warm and somehow comforting melancholy. This is a tale of beauty and sadness, of everything that is doomed to die and to be born again. This is the image of barren trees in winter covered by peaceful snow.
Take a breath and join us in this journey.
released January 20, 2016
Lyrics and songs written by TIOS
Produced, arranged by Aleks Popov, Jhonnie (The Thorn) and Tios
String arranged by Tios, Annie Ivanova, Larion Dyakov (Butterflies)
Recorded, mixed and mastered at AV Studio, Königsberg by Jhonnie
Photos by Igor Gallo, Luca Bonandini
Tios: voices, piano, keyboards, percussions
Aleks Popov: guitars, percussions, flute, sounds
Tatiana Korotkova: voice, harmonica
Jhonnie/Kratong: sounds on “The Thorn”
Anna Ivanova - cello
Larion Dyakov - viola
Anna Ermolayeva - violin
Olga Glibka - violin
Miroslav Lelyukh - accordion
Gallo Igor: speaking voice on Black Rainbow
The author would like to say "thank you" to:
Igor Gallo, Tatiana Korotkova, Aleks Popov, Ketti Bonandini for the love and support,
Jhonnie for taking care of his music, Alexey Kochkin & Sulphur Flowers, Lory Fayer, Axel Meβinger,
Johanna Doyle, Anna Ivanova, Jinkyun Heo, Marco & Giovanna Formica, Carlo Zenone.