Duda has released his fifth and long-awaited album Fractured – the follow up to 2014’s acclaimed Walking On A Flashlight Beam.
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.”
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, Depeche Mode and Peter Gabriel. 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.
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Lunatic Soul releases his fifth album Fractured – a cinematic journey of personal catharsis
I want to tell you about something
You don’t talk to me anymore
Want to share my innermost desires
You don’t talk to me anymore
I need to show you what I’m like
What I’ve achieved
What I have understood
Then you might tell me you are proud of me
But you don’t talk to me anymore
These are lyrics taken from the single “Anymore” from the new album Fractured – listen via YouTube above. Mariusz Duda, the talented creator, singer and multi-instrumentalist behind Lunatic Soul, has previously spoken of how Fractured is an album of catharsis after a challenging year in his personal life and here he reveals the influence behind it’s most deeply emotional and personal track:
“’Anymore’ is different from all the previous Lunatic Soul compositions and opens a new music chapter in my career. Experimenting with subtle electronics and inspiration with the sound of the 80s have always been close to my heart and this time, more than ever, I wanted to introduce all that into the world of Lunatic Soul. The lyrics are inspired by the tragic death of my father.”
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.’