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In Light

by Ian Russell

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Aédànji I'm struck by the mix of depth, simplicity and light. This music feels like someone giving back because they received so much. A cup overflowing with light, or kindness, or tenderness. Probably a lot more. Favorite track: Arrow of Time (I-II-III-IV-V-VI-VII).
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neu-mann Simple, unadorned acoustic guitar instrumentals. composed and performed with a sensitivity and subtlety that elevates the music to the rarified strata of high art. Favorite track: The Night Before.
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Jeremiad Virtuosic without being showy, emotional without being maudlin, meditative without being dull or repetitive. This is a truly wonderful album that seems to reflect this musician’s deep love and reverence for both his instrument and the beautiful world around. An absolute gift of a record, perfect for dusky contemplation or early morning inspiration.
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After years of playing in bands in Toronto, I took a pause to learn more about songwriting and to focus on becoming a better guitar player. Years later, I find myself living in the woods of very rural Ontario and very deep in the practice of knowing this instrument. Now, more in tune with the cycles of life, I welcome inspiration when it comes—learn Bach tunes when it doesn’t—and play for the moment.

In Light documents some of the early transformations that I went through on this leg of my music-making journey. Recorded in 2015/2016, it emanates from my deep love for the guitar and is steeped in the music of so many others around me.

The music on In Light draws the listener in for a journey, pulls them in for a story. These instrumentals take shape gradually, with graceful determination, like a walk in the woods. The songs came to be what they are over time—the result of letting what feels natural happen next. Good company for a quiet room, this music is guided by intuition and the pursuit of shameless beauty.


released November 15, 2020

All songs were written and played by Ian Russell.
DX7, piano, and organ played by Jonathan Adjemian.
Mixed and recorded by Sandro Perri, except tracks 2 & 5 which were recorded by Dale Morningstar.
Mastered by Harris Newman.


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Ian Russell Toronto, Ontario

Ian Russell makes music for guitar. Often originating in dreams, the songs are coaxed into the waking world over the days, nights, and years, always trusting that first glimpse as a guide. Others come about with fingers on strings and an ear on the lookout. The result is music that feels instantly familiar and natural, yet singular like a wandering mind or a tree grown tall. ... more

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