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Lunatic Soul II - The White Album

a Studio release
by
Lunatic Soul

Release Year: 2010

Date Label Catalog # Comments
The new album will be released in Poland by Mystic Production, and in the rest of the world by the British label Kscope
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 9/13/2010 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/14/2010 3:56:00 AM by: Rob
  1. The In-Between Kingdom
  2. Otherwhere
  3. Suspended In Whiteness
  4. Asoulum
  5. Limbo
  6. Escape from ParadIce
  7. Transition
  8. Gravestone Hill
  9. Wanderings
Mariusz Duda
vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion
Maciej Szelenbaum
piano, keyboards,flute
Wawrzyniec Dramowicz
drums, percussion

Reviewed by Nuno on 22 Apr 2011


The second chapter of Riverside's frontman Mariusz Duda solo project – Lunatic Soul – serves as the continuation of the debut's concept, therefore further exploring the afterlife experiences of the central character, in a way that really takes the emotional status of the story to new levels of inner-self reflections and discovery.

Musically wise, the album also shows improvements in terms of construction and the capacity to create the best possible atmospheres that complement the concept. The music here complements the imagery of the travel itself, taking the listener to places where the eeriness and the hauntingly sparkled lyricism and vocalizations excellently merge with the sense of the compositions. While nostalgia and melancholy are taken into epic proportions within a mostly ghostly musicality that sometimes burst in tension and power, almost in a tribal or even primordial vibe and/or feel.

The folksy world music is also an extra add here. Some middle-eastern aspects are present, sometimes mixed with some eerie ancient Inca tones, resulting on the enriching of the quieter moments. Tapestries and atmospheres engulf the listener in a flight adventure while the more intense parts bring him back to earth. There is also a curious proximity to some David Sylvian approaches, Opeth's quieter moments, or even to Antimatter dark corners, but the result ends up being very personal and with a distinctive signature.

Lunatic Soul ends up being to Riverside as No-Man is to Porcupine Tree: totally different musical concepts that, still, share some recognizable characteristics, starting with some vocal aesthetics and the capacity to transmit emotions and to impose vivid imagery upon its listeners. Highly recommended!