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Crossover Prog • Poland


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Founded 2008 in Warsaw, Poland

The LUNATIC SOUL is a solo studio project from RIVERSIDE's bass guitarist and vocalist Mariusz DUDA featuring RIVERSIDE's keyboard player Michał ŁAPAJ on the Hammond organ with Maciej SZELENBAUM playing keyboards, piano, flutes, harmonica and qujang, Wawrzyniec DRAMOWICZ from INDUKTI on drums and QUIDAM's Maciej MELLER utilising the e-bow on an unspecified stringed instrument.

While far removed from RIVERSIDE's Progressive Metal it is not difficult to see comparisons and similarities to the parent band in the music contained on the eponymous debut album - not least of all because of DUDA's distinctive clean vocals, the occasional guttural growl and, despite the lack of electric guitars, the pounding acoustic guitar riffs that appear on some of the tracks. However, this is not the lighter, unplugged side of DUDA, it is a dark brooding mix of eclectic sounds with ethnic instruments and influences evoking eastern/oriental themes, psychedlic-era PINK FLOYD-like rhythms, swirling and ethereal keyboards reminiscent of early PORCUPINE TREE tied together by songs that are surprisingly accessible and melodic.


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- Riverside

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4.03 | 364 ratings
Lunatic Soul
2008
3.84 | 353 ratings
Lunatic Soul II
2010
3.76 | 234 ratings
Impressions
2011
4.01 | 365 ratings
Walking On A Flashlight Beam
2014
3.87 | 195 ratings
Fractured
2017
3.61 | 59 ratings
Under The Fragmented Sky
2018

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Cold
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Anymore
2017
3.50 | 2 ratings
Moving On
2017
3.50 | 2 ratings
A Thousand Shards of Heaven
2017
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Art of Repairing
2018
3.50 | 2 ratings
Untamed
2018

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3.61 | 59 ratings

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Under The Fragmented Sky
Lunatic Soul Crossover Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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4 stars Released in May 2018, Riverside bassist/frontman Mariusz Duda marks the first decade of his solo project Lunatic Soul with his sixth album under that alias, `Under The Fragmented Sky', and it couldn't be more appropriately titled. It constantly diverts between darker moods with uplifting hopeful passages, and lyrically is wistfully romantic and optimistic to answer the gloomier soundtracks behind it, and despite sharing a lyric from a track off the previous album `Fractured' and mostly originating from the same 2016/17 sessions, `...Sky' stands perfectly well on its own and is hardly mere `leftovers'. With about three quarters of the disc being instrumental, this particular LS disc mixes dark electronica and ambient styles, percussion- heavy brooding, vocal drones and superior balladry, making for another intelligent and varied emotional work from the Polish artist.

`He-av-en' unhurriedly wraps wordless sighing vocal loops around ethereal synth washes, simple percussion taps and chiming guitar strains together for an intriguing opener. `Trials' mixes purring vocal twitching and electronic glitches to take on a hypnotic shimmer that eventually melts into stormy shadowy rumbles, then `Sorrow' is all delicate electric piano tiptoes and an introspective soothing vocal cry from Mariusz. His title-track is an acoustic/electric tune sung passionately with intimate reflection ("Isolation, all my anger, regret...they're gone. I feel stronger...and it stopped the feeling I'm crumbling apart..."), and pretty multi-tracked harmonies, haunting piano and weeping exquisite guitar reaches lift the piece even higher.

`Shadows' reverberates with menacing machine programming that takes on a light-industrial coolness locking in pensive acoustic guitar ringing and slithering bass, an aching eastern-flavoured dustiness infiltrating the piece and into the following `Rinsing the Night', with an eerie blend of clipping pulsing beats and exotic percussion. `The Art of Repairing' is the highlight of the disc, a chilled slink through mellow electronica and head-nodding beats. The closer is then a lovely farewell ballad, and although Duda and Riverside are (still) ignorantly dismissed as Porcupine Tree clones by some, in this instance `Untamed' sounds very much like a Steven Wilson outtake, even down to the alternating electric/acoustic passages and gorgeous piano! Thankfully it's still beautifully sung with genuine warmth conveying the words, and it makes for an embracing and reassuring wrap to the album.

Although a fairly short (but wonderfully vinyl-length!) work at about thirty-seven minutes, and the third and fourth discs `Impressions' and especially `Walking on a Flashlight Beam' are the superior artistic statements under the Lunatic Soul banner so far, `...Sky' is perhaps the most intimate and subdued. Considering the difficult personal circumstances Mariusz has been around the last few years, the solemn reflection with traces of hope and an appreciation for life permeating the disc lift it even higher, helping make `Under The Fragmented Sky' a renewing, evocative and tasteful release from a smart and thoughtful artist.

Three and a half stars, rounded up to four.

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3.61 | 59 ratings

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Lunatic Soul Crossover Prog

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3 stars LUNATIC SOUL Under the Fragmented Sky

Mariuz is experimenting with looping and sampling--especially with his voice.

1. "He av En" (4:05) looped vocal tracks with percussives, bass, and guitar. (8/10)

2. "Trials" (5:44) several vocal loops and keyboard and bass riffs over a simple metronomic computer snare track. I like the bass and synth line of the final two minutes--that's when the song finally comes to life. (8.5/10)

3. "Sorrow" (1:30) acoustic nylon string guitar with spacey synth noises and wordless, breathy, upper register vocal. (4/5)

4. "Under the Fragmented Sky" (5:03) Mariuz singing from the beginning with cadence support of the strumming of two (and later three) guitars. Second verse has a second, separate vocal woven within the melody and words of the first. At the end of the second chorus bass, piano, and synths thicken the soundscape while fuzzed guitar plays a slow, melodic solo. Then we return to the opening movement before a break lets in some odd vocalizations and bass line and piano. This plays out till the song's end as voices fade into the background and piano stays up front, alone. (9/10)

5. "Shadows" (4:31) heavy, spacey, atmospheric, synths and tuned percussives play at both ends of the audio spectrum before more of the same and bass join in to add some more filler to the middle ranges. Guitar joins in at the beginning of the second minute. There is an industrial, minimalist feel to this instrumental music. The sections cycle around in an A-B-A-C sequence with horn-like synth in the second "verse" section and twangy guitars filling the spacious final section. (7.5/10)

6. "Rinsing the Night" (3:56) acoustic guitars feel indie-folk, even southern folk-bluegrass. Household and synthesized percussives and bass join in in the second minute. Vocalise and other lines are one-by-one mixed into the weave. Picked acoustic guitar takes the lead in the final minute before returning to within the weave for the end. (8/10)

7. "The Art of Repairing" (7:54) keyboard activated vocal and industrial noise samples open this song, forming a bit of a Laurie Anderson-like weave. In the second minute, keys, cymbols, and multiple synths join in, changing the dynamics and feel. Once things settle down, a KRAFTWERK-like rhythm base has been established over which multiple vocal samples are activated, alternated, interwoven, and rotated. All of the sounds rotated into this piece (except the vocal samples) seem as if updated versions of old electronica sounds. I wonder if Mariuz has ever heard the albums by Jean-Michel Jarre and Claire Hammill, Zoolook from 1984 and Voices from 1986, respectively. They far accomplish more than what he's trying to do on this album. (8/10)

8. "Untamed" (3:24) opening like SEAL's "Crazy," this one evolves into a more straightforward prog pop song. A good song. More like this, please. (8.5/10)

3.5 stars; a fair addition to a prog rock lover's music collection--depending on whether or not you wish to put in for some conservative exploration of old technologies.

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3.61 | 59 ratings

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Review by proghaven

4 stars Yesterday I was lucky to familiarize myself with two 2018 releases of very different duration. Beloved Antichrist by Therion is 3 hours of total playing time, and when I listened to it I couldn't wait when it comes to an end, and regretted that its duration was not 35 minutes or so. On the contrary, Under the Fragmented Sky by Lunatic Soul is just 35 minutes of total playing time! - and I regretted that it was not... no, perhaps 3 hours would be an excess, but 70-80 minutes would be fine. I listened to the album and wished it continued. The music was so comfortable and sounded like a slow thought, sad but not pessimistic. A sort of spiritual trip beyond reality that should end happily. Some moments reminded me a few dreamy passages from Architectural Metaphor's Creature Of The Velvet Void. Though in my terms Walking On A Flashlight Beam still remains Lunatic Soul's best release, I enjoyed Under the Fragmented Sky very much. Highly recommended.
 Lunatic Soul by LUNATIC SOUL album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.03 | 364 ratings

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Lunatic Soul Crossover Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Lunatic Soul is a Polish musical project that features two Riverside members: singer/bass player Mariusz Duda and keyboardplayer Michal Lapaj (he plays in two songs with his Hammond organ). Because of Mariusz his melancholical moods and fascination for madness I didn't expect 'In Dulci Jubilo-like songs'. Especially not because he is the only one who plays in all songs, he has written all lyrics and he turns out to be a multi-instrumentalist with a very important role on this album. After this debut CD Lunatic Soul released another five studio-albums, their latest effort is from this year (2018) and entitled Under the Fragmented Sky.

The music on this debut CD is not similar to Riverside, that's a plus for Lunatic Soul. Only a few songs are in the vein of the typical Heavy Prog Riverside sound like the titletrack, Where The Darkness Is Deeper (hypnotising with orcehstral keyboards) and Drift (dreamy with warm vocals and sensitive electric guitar). But in general Lunatic Soul sounds more subdued and more atmospheric, from sultry and dreamy to hypnotizing. I would like to describe Mariusz his vocals as 'impressionistic' the way he colours the compositions (pretty dark in my opinion). His strongest contributions are in the second, very compelling part of the titletrack (expressive with lush Hammond support) and the strongly build-up The Final Truth (from a dreamy first part to a bombastic finale with emotional vocals). In a few songs you can enjoy ethnic instruments like the kalimba ('thumb-piano') in the titletrack and the 'quzheng' (Koto) in the Far Eastern sounding Waiting For The Dawn.

I am sure the fans of Mariusz his distinctive vocals will be pleased with the album but you have to be up to the more subdued and atmospheric sound. But I love the way Lunatic Soul use a wide range of interesting instruments, and succeeds to put emotion in their music.

My rating: 3,5 star.

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3.87 | 195 ratings

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Lunatic Soul Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars LUNATIC SOUL the side project of the RIVERSIDE frontman has been around for almost 10 years now, hard to believe. This is album number five and I'm not sure where I would place this one when compared to the rest. My favourite by far is "Walking On A Flashlight Beam" but I'm so intrigued with the first three albums where the vocals were sparse and we had so much atmosphere and electronics. And the subject matter of those three only adds to the enjoyment as we follow this soul who has just died and his journey after that. True headphone albums and the second one "II" is my favourite of those. This latest one called "Fractured" seems to be a therapy album for Duda who had a tragedy in his life recently. Lots of vocals here giving the impression that this is the most commercial sounding recording of this project but this is far from being commercial 99% of the time.

"Blood On The Tightrope" is a great way to start the album and it's just outside of my top three. Sounds like a electronic rhythm to start as the atmosphere builds and the vocals and drums kick in. It's surprisingly aggressive before 2 minutes with vocal melodies then it settles back. Sounds like high pitched synths around 2 1/2 minutes. I like the piano a lot before 4 minutes bringing Kevin Moore to mind. A change 6 1/2 minutes in as a determined rhythm takes over and builds. Excellent track!

"Anymore" opens with beats, electronics and bass, synths too. It's kind of catchy as the vocals arrive. Man I get tired of that repeated line "You don't talk to me anymore" and yes that's the 1% that's commercial on this record. At least the instrumental part of this song is top notch. I like the synths before 3 minutes but I have mixed feeling over this one.

"Crumbling Teeth And The Owl Eyes" opens with keys, percussion and picked guitar as the vocals join in. A pleasant sound here. Some emotion 1 1/2 minutes in with the swelling synths and vocals. A calm with picked guitar 3 minutes in along with some vocal expressions. It kicks in after 4 minutes to a fuller sound. Man this is interesting to listen to after 5 minutes then the vocals return.

"Red Light Escape" starts with atmosphere and beats with vocals. Love when it turns more serious around 1 1/2 minutes then back to the vocals. That serious sound is back as themes are repeated. Sax after 4 1/2 minutes.

"Fractured" is a top three track. Beats and atmosphere as the vocals join in. Drums and bass too as we get this great sound a minute in. Love this one. So much going on 2 1/2 minutes in. So good! Active drumming after 3 1/2 minutes as the vocals become more passionate. It's brief though.

"A Thousand Shards Of Heaven" is my favourite song on here and it clocks in at over 12 minutes. Picked guitar I believe and strings before it settles and vocals join in around a minute. This is ballad-like but man I like it. So much emotion to say the least. Gulp. Love when it starts to pick up after 4 1/2 minutes with vocal melodies. Sax arrives 6 minutes in then back to the vocals before 8 minutes. Emotion once again before 9 1/2 minutes instrumentally. Ripping sax before 11 minutes and a fuller sound. Nice. It then calms down with sax and strings.

"Battlefield" rounds out my final top three. Deep pulsating sounds as the vocals and a beat join in quickly. The synths before 1 1/2 minutes are interesting as the vocals step aside. So much going on then the vocals return. Those synths are back as themes are repeated. Love the sound before 6 1/2 minutes with the vocals, synths and drum work.

"Moving On" ends it as we probably gather from this title that this album is about a broken relationship. Drums to start as vocals and synths join in. It's kind of cool the way this song sounds, it's in my top five with the opener. Sax late.

A beautiful album that is sparse and atmospheric. Easily 4 stars.

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3.87 | 195 ratings

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Review by Quizzus

1 stars I think it is the first time I am hearing something that high rated here and hating it THAT much. I can not comprehend how this is considered to be a part of the greatest Prog site there is. Fractured is truly _repulsive_ album, which sounds like watered down Depeche Mode mixed with annoying electronics and it is devoid of anything prog related whatsoever. I have never been a fan of Riverside, but Lunatic Soul are even nothing like them, it is just a monotonous melancholic synth-pop slash electronic album where nothing exciting happens and is not supposed to by design. I would not even consider to listen to anything like that if not the stellar rating on Progarchives. Runner up next to Wobbler for the best album of year 2017 and beating Jord? Is it a cruel joke? I gave it one star, but now I really think that zero stars should be implemented saying "does not belong here".
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Fractured
Lunatic Soul Crossover Prog

Review by proghaven

4 stars What's to be said about Lunatic Soul in general? It's a wondrous place where Mariusz Duda musically has a rest from Riverside. Sometimes he also takes a rest from progressive music at all in that magic place, especially on the two earliest albums (self-titled debut and Lunatic Soul II). Now, with the fifth album from Lunatic Soul, Mariusz Duda takes a rest from music on the whole, at least in three tracks, Blood On The Tightrope, Anymore and Battlefield. So-called electronic music is insidious in some respects. Those three tracks could be considered a top of perfection for (exempli gratia) Prodigy, but for Mariusz Duda it's too easy job, parole d'honneur. Especially after the brilliancy and splendour of Walking On A Flashlight Beam (Lunatic Soul 4th). Electronic music from the leader of Riverside is expected to be as rich and magnificent as on Eye Of The Soundscape. Fortunately, the title track, Moving On and especially A Thousand Shards Of Heaven pull the album up and make it another interesting chapter in Duda's musical life story.
 Fractured by LUNATIC SOUL album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.87 | 195 ratings

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Fractured
Lunatic Soul Crossover Prog

Review by CeeJayGee

4 stars Previous Lunatic Soul albums have been more atmospheric but Fractured is more up-tempo. With Mariusz Duda's wonderful vocals, the album would be closer to the Riverside sound were it not for the strong electro influence and, as previously, a wide range of percussion instruments being used. Duda is a fine songwriter and there are eight solid tracks here with the longest, A Thousand Shards Of Heaven, being my personal favourite. For me it is a joy to hear Mariusz in such good form after the tragic loss of Riverside's long-time guitarist Piotr Grudzinskiedy. Let us hope to hear from Riverside again soon.
 Fractured by LUNATIC SOUL album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.87 | 195 ratings

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Fractured
Lunatic Soul Crossover Prog

Review by Timdano

5 stars Lunatic Soul's fifth outing finds the Polish wunderkind Mariusz Duda's at his best, creating a vivid tapestry of soundcapes while reeling from overwhelming loss, panic of mortality, fear, addiction, gut-wrenching grief... to construct some of the finest, most relevant, complex and heartfelt music of his career.

Duda draws upon influences as varied as modern Depeche Mode (for example, replace Duda's vocals with David Gahan's on the song "Moving On" and you'd have the quintessential Ultra-era Depeche Mode sound), new wave, jazz, alternative, electronica and progressive rock, to name a few. The ethnic drone sounds and general lack of accessibility of his earlier solo efforts are out too. That's not a bad thing, trust me.

Highlights here for me are "Battlefield" and "A Thousand Shards of Heaven", which is in the running now for my favorite prog song of 2017. That's not to say that the additional material here is anything but fantastic- this album has no filler and is a must-listen beginning to end. Despite the hype, I find this album to be superior to Steven Wilson's latest, To the Bone too.

Five stars.

 Fractured by LUNATIC SOUL album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.87 | 195 ratings

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Fractured
Lunatic Soul Crossover Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars This could be the best Lunatic Soul album to date. There are eight stellar compositions of electronica with vocals, and some nice sax mixed in to create amazing vibes. This is some of my favorite late night chill music. Mariusz Duda as a vocalist is top notch, and the fantastic song writing brings out a terrific performance. There are no bad tracks, and it sounds like he went the extra mile on this one. A Thousand Shards of Heaven is a slice of prog heaven clocking in over 12 minutes. I really loved the last album Walking on a Flashlight Beam, but I think Fractured is a more complete output. Another high point on the album is the track Battlefield which is slightly over 9 minutes long. I was really down on anything electronic sounding lately, but I decided to finally get the previous 4 albums a few months ago. I am so happy I took the plunge. I will likely listen to all of the Lunatic Soul albums in a playlist since they are so addicting.
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