Mariusz Duda announces details of new Lunatic Soul album – “Fractured”
We already know the title of the upcoming album by Lunatic Soul, a solo project of Mariusz Duda, the leader of Riverside. The fifth Lunatic Soul release will be called “Fractured” and is scheduled for September 2017.
Mariusz Duda, the architect behind Lunatic Soul, comments:
“Lunatic Soul has changed and if I were to describe this music, I’d call it dark melancholic trance with more electronics and more powerful sounds. But there will also be some lyrical fragments, and a couple of tracks will feature a symphonic orchestra I have worked with for the first time in my career. The new Lunatic Soul album will be brave, rich and musically very intense, a beginning of a new style rather than a continuation of the previous releases. I am under the impression that all my music experiences have led me to this place and that it will be one of the best albums I have ever made.
…although I’m still a conscious prisoner of my own aesthetic, this time you can really hear some differences. My soul and body demanded that I settle accounts with the recent past, piece together what had been scattered, glue up the broken bits, stitch up the tears. Tell a story of how it felt when everything shattered into smithereens.”
As always, Lunatic Soul “Fractured” will be released worldwide on Kscope and on Mystic Production in Poland. More details soon.
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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 It’s a story about choosing to be alone, inspired by the life of people who were completely alienated and withdrawn from social life, who shunned all interactions with the outside world.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.’