Lunatic Soul Progressive Ambient Rock
Ok, I will have to confess to you that I really love doing this, little short personal reviews of my favorite musicians from so very different genres, like I am really happy here to talk about Lunatic Soul, one of my best favorite progressive rock outfits from Poland. This will be a refresher course for all Lunatic Soul fans, and an introductory session for all music lovers new to the music of the band. Anyways, I will be doubly happy doing this, since I am a big fan of theirs and absolutely in awe of the music they create.
A little background and Intro Lunatic Soul
Cool, that is the very word I wish to attach with this Polish outfit of modern progressive ambient rock genre. The band is all about the solo project of the brilliant singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist Mariusz Duda from the earlier progressive rock band Riverside fame. Mariusz Duda created Lunatic Soul in 2008, and with it he created a sound which encompasses his creativity in a very personal way, giving his listeners an unavoidable aural pleasure through a huge array of experimental instruments with the brilliance of percussion, bass, acoustic guitars and the distinct of synth programming with soul touching lyrics, while taking listeners on an epic soundscape journey through cast open spaces of fantasy. Mariusz is the cool man behind this band, and with every album he commands the respect that he enjoys today.And a big thing for me which makes all his music stand out is his amazing voice. He is accompanied by Vaaver in drums and Maciej Szelenbaum in instrumentation along with others.
Mariusz Duda has many times teamed up and collaborated with the great Steven Wilson from The Porcupine Tree and Lunatic Soul has been in comparison and said to be Poland’s answer to the British progressive rock legends Porcupine Tree. Though Lunatic Soul is much more to the experimental ambient sound with classical overtures and stunningly brilliant.
The first song that got me introduced me to Mariusz Duda was a collaboration song with Steven Wilson called The Old Peace which I discovered by chance on Youtube. At that time I was familiar with Steven Wilson and The Porcupine Tree, but not with Duda. As this song was a charity event and the proceeds received thereof was donated to The Wilmot Cancer Institute in Rochester, NY and the song was in tribute to Alec Wildley.
The Old Peace - Mariusz Duda and Steven Wilson
A Thousand Shards of Heaven Fractured, the new album from Lunatic Soul
Fractured is Lunatic Soul’s brand new offering which came out in October last year. The album is another example of Mariusz Duda’s creative brilliance, both in production and presentation. Moving on from much the brooding yet brilliant sound of his last album Walking on a Flashlight Beam, this album takes us on a journey, positive and looking forward to a new beginning, Mariusz takes us away from his heartbroken state during the last two years due to the loss of his loved ones including a former band member. The album is a gorgeous collection of masterful creations in synth ambiance, acoustic guitars, breathtaking bass by Mariusz, and absolutely gorgeous beats, resulting in a culmination of experimental rock, ambient jazz, hypnotic arrangements, much similar to ambient Depeche Mode.
A Thousand Shards of Heaven is beautiful, stunning and haunting and is a 12 minute bliss of a song from this new album....enjoy
Walking on a Flashlight Beam Lunatic Soul
It will be shame if I don’t mention Walking on a Flashlight Beam, the title song from the album in the same name, and not share it with you. The song just puts me in a different time zone, in a different world, of such myriad emotions, and Mariusz Duda’s voice and the quality of musical production is top notch and utterly gorgeous. It’s kind of floating in a space with just clouds of music all around you, as Lunatic Soul takes us on the journey of Stars Cellotaped and the man made moon.
Walking a yellow light on a man made moon
Moving On With Fractured, from Lunatic Soul
Moving On, the last song from this album is one of my personal favorites. Mariusz Duda is moving on, and in style. This is a Depeche Mode styled swag of a song and the video released is uber cool too. The song has some amazing bass with spacial drum beats, Mariusz’s signature vocals and out of this world synth programming, this one surely can’t be missed.
Lunatic Soul has five albums to their credit. Much in connection to their former band Riverside, all these albums project the sign of an artist who belongs to the category of those rare ones who love and create music from their inner calling, almost spiritually getting connected with whatever they create. Mariusz Duda is one such artist, and I will hope he will continue to enthrall us with his brilliant creations and give us music to enjoy to our heart’s content. Get this album Fractured which is surely one you should not pass in this 2017-18 music season. Leaving you all with another brilliant song called Red Light Escape from this album for your listening pleasure, enjoy 🙂