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Lunatic Soul 8 recordings – work in progress.

We’re pleased to announce that Marcin Odyniec, who appeared on albums such as “Fractured” with the track “A Thousand Shards of Heaven” or “Red Light Escape”, and previously on “Deprived” from Riverside’s “Shrine of New Generation Slaves”, will also make a guest appearance on the new upcoming Lunatic Soul album.

Photos by Radek Zawadzki

Working on an album is a beautiful thing

Working on an album is a beautiful thing. I must admit that for me, the creative process itself is the most important part of this whole music business. It has always been this way. It simply brings me the most joy. If only I could, I would never leave the studio. But sadly I have to sometimes 😉 At some point, The Beatles gave up playing live and concentrated solely on recording studio albums. Who knows, perhaps one day I will follow in their footsteps. But for now, I have to walk the line, find gaps between Riverside concerts, make use of every free moment. It’s getting harder now that Riverside have a more intensive touring schedule. The only additional thing I had time for was a quick brush with electronica. Fortunately, I’ve just had a three-month break and I can proudly announce that I managed to use this time to compose the new Lunatic Soul album. I know, I was supposed to rest but my inner voice was calling 😉

I recorded a demo in Studio Serakos. About half of it will very likely make it to the album. It’s not bad but… I feel it’s only the beginning. It’s going to be a very big album and it will probably take me about a hundred years to record. OK, maybe less. But I can see how much I still have to do. Luckily, I’m not worried about the lyrics; I have had the whole concept planned out for many years and albums so the foundations are strong and stable. But I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed, and that I’m recording the eighth and, unfortunately, the last album of the cycle. I still don’t know myself whether that’s the end of Lunatic Soul, or whether I will start another chapter of it in the future. I’m not thinking about it yet. Most of all, I’d like to make an album worthy of the end of the whole cycle, classy, atmospheric and powerful.

During these three months I have realised one thing: no matter how much I deal with pure electronica, which started during lockdown, I feel most myself in Lunatic Soul. OK, in Riverside too, but it’s a bit different because, obviously, when I compose, I have to take my bandmates into consideration as well. In Lunatic Soul, I focus mainly on my hooded alter ego playing Dark Souls 🙂 I also feel that all these folk – oriental – ambient – a little electronic – still a bit progressive – woodsy – dark – not quite defined moods are simply what I do best.

Or maybe I simply missed this world?

I will share with you the first samples of the new music in the autumn. At least that’s the plan at the moment. Thank you for not losing interest!

Photo from The Boogie Town Studio by Radek Zawadzki

I think it’s time for a comeback

Well then, I think it’s time for a comeback.
And not just to social media (and hooded pictures ;)) but to more emotional playing, too.
I’m temporarily putting aside my solo playing around with pure electronica. I’m returning to songs, guitars, bass, riffs, and live drums. There will be elements of electronica as well, but used subtly as an addition rather than in the foreground. I’m also going back to strange percussion instruments and oriental influences. And all of this because of the new Lunatic Soul. Recordings of the new material are in full swing.
It will be the last album in the cycle, the last one with the “snake/cracked LS symbol”. From what I can hear and see, it will definitely be the longest. And for me, also symbolically special: including Riverside and solo electronica, it will be the twentieth studio album in my career for which I composed or co-composed the whole or most of the material.
So please keep your fingers crossed for a satisfying outcome. And I will make sure to share some studio spoilers with you in the coming months.
Photo by Oskar Szramka

New Album

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…

Photo by Wojtek Kutyła