You’re asking me about the new Lunatic Soul, and whether I’m already thinking about it. Of course I am. According to the concept and the timeline, the last Lunatic Soul will take place between Fractured and Walking on a Flashlight Beam. Basically, it will be a prequel to WOTFB, a music illustration of the condition of the main character who is about to lock himself up in his hikikomori world. I’m tempted to pull out all stops and create something completely crazy and weird. The MD trilogy inspired me to do that. Well, we’ll see…
The latest Lunatic Soul album, “Through Shaded Woods”, talks about overcoming darkness and finding inner light, and the title “shaded woods” are a synonym of our fears, traumas and nightmares. And here is a visualisation of those fears and nightmares prepared by my friends from the Sightsphere group. Hylophobia is the irrational fear of woods. I hope you don’t suffer from it.
It’s been two weeks since the release of the new Lunatic Soul album. From what I can see, you really like “Through Shaded Woods”. Thank you for all the positive opinions and reviews.
The album is important for me for a few reasons:
Firstly, I finally managed to record a folk album, or folk-rock, if you like.
I have already proved myself on many different music levels. I’ve played rock, metal, pop, ambient, even more or less intelligible electronics. It was different with folk. There were folky bits and pieces here and there, but it never dominated. And now it does.
The second reason is “brightness” and “positive message”. I have specialised in darkness and overwhelming melancholy, and it’s not as challenging for me as it used to be. A challenge now was to create something positive, or at least with a positive tone. I think that’s what remains after listening to “Through Shaded Woods”, a positive tone.
Thirdly, it’s basically my first album on which I played all the instruments myself. OK, I did that on “Lockdown Spaces” too, but there were mainly keyboards and a drum machine there. On “Through Shaded Woods”, I used all the music accessories at my disposal. And I have to admit that making a solo album without any guest appearances is a true challenge. I’ve always held in high esteem the multi-instrumentalists who record their solo albums on their own. So I’m really grateful to Magda and Robert Srzedniccy for their help and producer-spiritual support in this extraordinary experiment.
The fourth reason is that the album contains the longest composition in my career, “Transition II”, and I have always wanted to create such long music stories. I think that listening to the album in its entirety, in the extended version, allows you to properly soak up the atmosphere of my new folk-witcher world, so I do encourage you to get to know the extended edition of “Through Shaded Woods”, which includes this composition.
The fifth, although perhaps not the last reason, but I don’t want to ramble on – the album is released in difficult, troubled times, and the message is exactly what I wanted it to be: “don’t give in”.
Will the album stay with you for longer? Will it be helpful? I’d like that. A big thank you goes to everyone for continuous interest and support. For buying the physical release of the album, for interacting with my music.
Be healthy, be beautiful, and don’t give in to any physical or mental viruses!.
Today is the day. My 2020 music marathon is coming to an end. After two solo songs and the electronic album released so far this year, it’s time for the grand finale in the form of the new Lunatic Soul record, “Through Shaded Woods”.
What can I say about it? I’m glad it’s here. And I’m glad it’s out right now.
I hope it will serve you well in these dark times. I hope it will help you get away from reality and move to a different dimension, even if only for a moment. Perhaps it will encourage you to get out of your house and take a walk for the first time in a long while. Or just take a walk like you usually do. Somewhere in a forest or other beautiful surroundings.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me during the making of this album. Thank you to all my Family, Friends and Fans, who support me continuously and whom I can always count on.
This album is about leaving darkness and finding light within.
You are my light.