The new album Under the Fragmented Sky from Lunatic soul is the follow up to 2017’s Fractured
Marking the 10th anniversary of the solo project from Riverside’s creative force
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 has now released his sixth studio album, the companion to 2017’s Fractured and the pinnacle of the first decade of Lunatic Soul.
Following on from last year’s material, which covered content about grieving, hope and a fractured society, Under the Fragmented Sky rebuilds Lunatic Soul as we know it, with dark and haunting atmospheres coming to the forefront, taking its name from the lyrics of the 12-minute epic “A Thousand Shards of Heaven” from Fractured. Duda explains “Fractured is not a full picture of the latest Lunatic Soul recordings. These more classical pieces have been waiting for their own time which has now come. “Under the Fragmented Sky” will be both a supplement to “Fractured” and an artistically independent release with its own character and identity.
“It’s a very unexpected and spontaneous release” – says Mariusz Duda – “Initially, I was thinking about a maxi single “A Thousand Shards of Heaven” with a couple of other tracks but the material had evolved so beautifully in the studio that I ended up with 36 minutes of brand new music. It’s a truly enchanting album.
“UTFS” is a music journey with very subtle electronics and vocal experiments, it’s incredibly coherent and much closer to the mood of the earlier Lunatic Soul albums. Thanks to “Under the Fragmented Sky”, the last red album will gain a fuller meaning and the whole Lunatic Soul discography will be enriched with another shade of my music fascinations, which have been suspended somewhere between life and death from the very beginning.”
The album was recorded during the Fractured sessions at Serakos Studio, Warsaw from June 16-17, and finalised December 2017 and February 2018. The final track “Untamed” sees a guest appearance on drums for Wawrzyniec Dramowicz (aka Vaaver). The album was designed and illustrated by Polish artist Jarek Kubicki.
Lunatic Soul releases his fifth album Fractured – a cinematic journey of personal catharsis
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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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.”