Lunatic Soul announces anticipated fifth studio album – Fractured – with release of a video for the title track
Fractured is set for release on 6th October
Lunatic Soul is Mariusz Duda, the talented creator, singer and multi-instrumentalist behind some of the finest and most captivating progressive music coming from Europe, including his output on UK label Kscope and with Poland’s shooting stars Riverside. Duda is now releasing his fifth and long-awaited album Fractured – the follow up to 2014’s acclaimed Walking On A Flashlight Beam. Fractured, has been described by Duda as an album of catharsis after a challenging year in his personal life.
Mariusz explains further “the main theme of “Fractured” is coming back to life after a personal tragedy. It’s inspired by what happened in my life in 2016 and by everything that’s happening around us and what’s making us turn away from one another and divide into groups, for better and for worse. Musically it will be the most original album I have ever made as well as the most accessible and personal album in the Lunatic Soul discography.”
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As well as a conceptual development, Duda gained the self-confidence to allow himself greater creative freedom with the new material, experimenting more with electronics and rhythm and inspiration with influences from the likes of Massive Attack and Depeche Mode to Peter Gabriel and David Sylvian. Fractured features Poland’s Sinfonietta Consonus Orchestra, conducted by Michał Mierzejewski, on two of the album’s most personal tracks “Crumbling Teeth And The Owl Eyes” and “A Thousand Shards Of Heaven”; the album also features saxophonist Marcin Odyniec who first worked with Mariusz in Riverside.
The album was recorded in Poland at Serakos Studio and Custom 34 Studio, mixed by Magda & Robert Srzedniccy and Mariusz Duda, and the artwork was created by long time collaborator, renowned cover artist Travis Smith, whose previous work includes the likes of Anathema, Katatonia, Opeth & Riverside.
Lunatic Soul – ‘Walking on a Flashlight Beam’ – Oct 2014
Lunatic Soul is the solo project of Mariusz Duda, the lead singer and creative force behind the Polish band, Riverside. The album is called ‘Walking on a Flashlight Beam’ and comprises almost 64 minutes of brand new music.
Mariusz Duda: “Walking On A Flashlight Beam” – the title indicates living in a world of imagination, in a place that’s made up and unreal. You can have your head in the clouds, you can chase after rainbows so you can walk on a flashlight beam too. It’s a story about choosing to be alone, inspired by the life of people who were completely alienated and withdrawn from social life, who shunned all interactions with the outside world. It’s about people who, even on a bright and sunny day, have the curtains drawn and the blinds closed in their rooms. Such people are usually surrounded by books, films, games, figments of other people’s imagination. I’ve written about solitude and living in a world of fiction before in Riverside’s lyrics but now I’ve decided to write a whole album about it.”
“These are very dark and intense compositions but very melodious too. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written, if not the best one”.
“I realize that, for some, this will be the fourth album but for others, only the third because Impressions was actually a supplement to the first two. Still others view the first two, the Black and White continuing interwoven story so they will consider this new one to be only… the second album :) Now, I’ll go in a different direction… a bit less oriental and more… alternative. Actually, it seems like it will be a huge dose of trance darkness. I think it is much more versatile music than before. It’s also going to be more emotive than ever… I’ve always wanted Lunatic Soul to be, first and foremost, music for the Souls whether they be Lunatic or not.”
The album was released on 13th October 2014 on Kscope worldwide and on Mystic Production in Poland.
1. Shutting Out The Sun (08:40)
2. Cold (06:58) (STREAM/DOWNLOAD BELOW)
3. Gutter (08:42)
4. Stars Sellotaped (01:34)
5. The Fear Within (07:10)
6. Treehouse (05:31)
7. Pygmalion’s Ladder (12:02)
8. Sky Drawn in Crayon (04:58)
9. Walking on a Flashlight Beam (08:11)
Riverside have risen to prominence over the past five years following the success of the ‘Reality Dream’ trilogy of albums which started in 2003 with the band’s debut ‘Out Of Myself’, continued two years later with ‘Second Life Syndrome’ and was completed in 2007 with ‘Rapid Eye Movement.’ These three albums have drawn widespread critical acclaim, positioning Riverside alongside groups like Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theatre as part of an emergent group of post-progressive acts.
Duda is keen to stress that Lunatic Soul doesn’t represent the end of Riverside, instead it represents an opportunity for him to explore other musical avenues before embarking on the next Riverside album. The Lunatic Soul album is thus a studio project realised in co-operation with a collection of hugely talented friends and colleagues, Together they have created 10 atmospheric tracks.
While undeniably a more mellow sound than Riverside (as Mariusz himself has noted ‘an interesting fact is that there is no electric guitar here at all’) the album still reflects the moods and atmosphere’s of his earlier works exploring themes such as death and transience.
The sound that has been created, blending a variety of instruments including keyboards, piano, flute, harmonica. Hammond organ, e-bow, acoustic guitar, bass and various kinds of vocals , has been described by Duda as ‘an oriental-trans-psychodelic-verbal-musical journey through the pitch darkness available only to those who have… a lunatic soul.’