Lunatic Soul, the solo project of Riverside bassist/singer and main songwriter Mariusz Duda, just announced the impending release of the project’s next full-length studio album. It’s called Fractured and will be out on October 6 vian Kscope and Mystic Production. Following 2014’s Walking on a Flashlight Beam, it will be Duda’s fifth release under the Lunatic Soul moniker. Here’s what the man himself has to say about it:
‘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.’
The part about personal tragedy probably refers to the surprising passing of Riverside guitarist and founding member Piotr Grudziński in February of 2016. The band already dedicated their latest record Eye of the Soundscape to him.
Let’s not delve too deep into that and let’s focus on the music itself instead. Along with this piece of news, Lunatic Soul also treated us to a new, eponymous single! You can listen to it below:
…features what is possibly the most electronic music Lunatic Soul have ever come up with. As stated in the press release, Duda was influenced by bands/artists such as Depeche Mode, Massive Attack and Peter Gabriel (among others, of course) while making this record, and it does show to a certain degree. It’s a hypnotic, repetitive number, with a prominent bass line and an understated vocal performance. In its final third, it does pick up on intensity, though only for a few brief moments. Nonetheless, “Fractured” is a promising first glance at what the new album might have in store for us.
Fractured recorded in Duda’s native country Poland, at Serakos Studio and Custom 34 Studio and mixed by Magda and Robert Srzedniccy and Duda himself. It will also feature performances by Sinfonietta Consonus Orchestra and saxophonist Marcin Odyniec. The minimalistic artwork was created by Travis Smith, who has worked for the likes of Anathema, Katatonia or Opeth in the past.
Make sure to follow Lunatic Soul on Facebook and the official website for more updates on Fractured in the future. The album will be released in all physical and digital formats and can be pre-ordered here.