Mariusz Duda is working on his Lunatic Soul’s next album. The recordings are taking place in the Serakos studio, the same one in which the latest Riverside album ‘Shrine of New Generation Slaves’ was recorded. Lunatic Soul has already released three albums – Lunatic Soul (2008), Lunatic Soul II (2010), and the instrumental Impressions (2011).
“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 new Lunatic Soul album will be released in autumn 2014.
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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.’
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