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Lunatic Soul 5

Hello Everyone,

The fifth Lunatic Soul album called “Fractured” will be released in the autumn this year, most probably at the beginning of October. It will be an album I have spent the longest time creating. I have discarded over 40 minutes of new material in the process because I felt it didn’t add anything to the record and didn’t go well with the character of the album, but I have anyway almost an hour left. The “oriental-ambient” formula of the previous four albums is not satisfactory enough for me any more so the music has changed. There will be more electronics, groove and even more melodies on “Fractured”. I will risk a statement that it will be the most accessible album in LS discography. Which will not be its flaw ;)

The main theme of “Fractured” is coming back to life after a personal tragedy. Unfortunately, 2016 brought a lot more misfortune than I could have anticipated (the deaths of Grudzień and my Father were only some of life’s blows), which considerably delayed working on the album. Luckily, in June this year I will enter the last phase of recordings: vocals, the final mix and mastering. At the moment I’m going through the last bits of notes and making the final changes to the lyrics while sitting backstage somewhere in France during Riverside tour.

For me, 2017 is a year of regaining strength. The main goals for now are bringing Riverside back to the stage, recording a new, seventh album with the band, and releasing the fifth Lunatic Soul. So far, everything is going according to plan. Riverside are on the “Towards the Blue Horizon” tour. The audiences have been large and more than amazing. Maciej Meller is finding himself perfectly in his role. The band and the music have transformed into something which has the kind of emotional charge I have always dreamt of. And in general, musically, we’re getting better and better every day. So if you are still wondering whether to go to one of our concerts or not, then let me tell you with hand on heart, wondering makes absolutely no sense, just come ;)

Riverside “Towards The Blue Horizon Tour”

21.05. Royal Leamington Spa, Assembly (UK)
22.05. London, Islington Assembly Hall (UK)
24.05. Maastricht, Muziekgieterij (The Netherlands)
25.05. Zoetermeer, De Boerderij (The Netherlands)
26.05. Zwolle, Hedon (The Netherlands)
27.05. Uden, De Pul (The Netherlands)
28.05. Cologne, Die Kantine (Germany)
30.05. Łaźnia, Kraków (Poland)

Lunatic Soul has had to be delayed a little but it won’t be long – I promise, I’m going to return to this world, singing and charged with positive energy, which will make the end result more than worth the wait.


photo by Wojtek Kutyła

Lunatic Soul “Fractured”

We already know the title of the upcoming album by Lunatic Soul. The fifth Lunatic Soul release will be called “Fractured” and is scheduled for September 2017.

Mariusz Duda: “Lunatic Soul has changed and if I were to describe this music, I’d call it dark melancholic trance with more electronics and more powerful sounds. But there will also be some lyrical fragments, and a couple of tracks will feature a symphonic orchestra I have worked with for the first time in my career. The new Lunatic Soul album will be brave, rich and musically very intense, a beginning of a new style rather than a continuation of the previous releases. I am under the impression that all my music experiences have led me to this place and that it will be one of the best albums I have ever made.

As always, Lunatic Soul “Fractured” will be released worldwide on Kscope and on Mystic Production in Poland.

More details soon.

Trailer made by Sightsphere

New Lunatic Soul album in September

One of the most fascinating things about being an artist is the possibility to create your own alternative world. A world in which you can lock yourself up as if it were a box and, with your knees under your chin, hide away from the non-alternative world.

One of the most graceful things for an artist is the possibility to create an alternative world inspired by the disgracefulness of the real world. And the more disgraceful the world is, the more room there is in the box. You can even stretch your legs and, in general, have more freedom to move so you are stronger after you get out of it.

And the strength translates to greater self confidence. Self confidence – to greater creative audacity. The boundaries and fears disappear somewhere and instead there is a need to introduce greater changes. And although I’m still a conscious prisoner of my own aesthetic, this time you can really hear some differences. My soul and body demanded that I settle accounts with the recent past, piece together what had been scattered, glue up the broken bits, stitch up the tears. Tell a story of how it felt when everything shattered into smithereens.
Perhaps because of those sharp edges the music will not be like it was before. Lunatic Soul has changed. It’s been transformed and entered the world of completely different colours. They’re still dark but not so conservative.

I’ve been working on this album since April 2016. I’m entering the last stage of recording. The last fillers, improvements, and vocals. Initially, I had planned a double album but I have made a relevant selection. I don’t want to spread myself thin – I’m leaving the essence of what’s best. Of what I’ve always wanted to be the reflection of my soul.
“I did not look good in red”, I once wrote in reference to the cover of one of the albums.

In September 2017 I will try to change that.

More from me soon.

photo by Radek Zawadzki

Mariusz Duda plans

October is one of my favourite months. Not as gloomy as November but it’s no longer September which always reminds me about the passing of time and getting older. In October I buy a lot of notebooks, the ones with hard covers and plain sheets, and I make plans for the coming year, or two, or three. In October I usually get a “positive reflection”, because I make a summary of things that have happened and I go through the previous notebooks, the ones that have been scribbled in and crumpled – the past future plans. In present tense.

The year 2016 has mangled me a little. Piotrek in February. My Dad in May. Additional personal issues in the meantime. Somehow, I’ve managed to survive, finalise many of my earlier plans, and still keep my head up. A lot is happening so let me put it together here and make sense of it all both for you and for me.


The band is now a trio. We have made an official announcement about it because I know that we can pull through as a trio. We will be making another album next year. Without pressure. But before we start, let me say one thing: I will do everything to keep the heart and soul of Riverside music in the right place.

We have released “Love, Fear and the Time Machine” in 5.1, and we are going to release “Eye of the Soundscape”. It’s actually not long until it’s out on October 21st. I am very happy about this album for many reasons (of which I will tell you more in a separate comment closer to the date). We are also publishing our biography, “High Resolution Dream”. Maurycy Nowakowski has done a great job, most of all, he motivated us to finish all the interviews. We have opened ourselves up in that book but since we’re all about honesty in our music, we have to be honest here too. The book will be published in mid November (Polish version only… at least for now). Gigs? Towards the end of February 2017 Riverside will play the first gig after the break. We’ll let you know about the tickets soon. It will undoubtedly be a very emotional and stirring event for all of us but I believe that we will be ready for it.

Soon, a videoclip for “Shine” will be released. It was prepared by Sightsphere (the people who did the “Found” clip, so no worries, we’re in good hands :)). “Shine” comes from, let me say that again, our newest release, a double instrumental album we have always wanted to have in our discography. I’m looking at it right now and I must say… it’s a beautiful thing.

Meller Gołyźniak Duda

Maciej Meller – guitar, Maciej Gołyźniak – drums and Mariusz Duda – bass guitar and vocal. We have named our project “Meller Gołyźniak Duda” because we couldn’t come up with a better name ;) What is it all about? Three years ago, Maciej Meller, whom I had known from the time of Xanadu and Deep River, invited me to join his project. I agreed but kept missing deadlines. First I couldn’t because I was finishing the new Lunatic Soul album. Then I couldn’t because I was finishing the new Riverside album. And then I couldn’t because everyone died on me and I didn’t feel like doing anything. But we finally made it happen and the album called “Breaking Habits” will be out on November 18th this year. It’s a completely different music world. Very dirty rock live kind of playing. We recorded the whole album live in the studio, reel to reel, and I added vocals later. It’s released by Rockserwis. You can find more information about it on the Facebook profile of the band.

Lunatic Soul – official

I know that I have already posted pictures from the studio. There have also been brief comments on various subjects but nothing specific so far. It’s still too early for details but I can already say this: the fifth Lunatic Soul album will be released in the spring of 2017. In April or May. I still don’t know myself when. But the album has already got a title and I know that it will be a very intimate and a really powerful release. By the way, it will also be the longest album I have ever done (after EOTS, that is).

As I said, I have the title but I will not reveal it yet. I have an idea for the lyrical content too and this I can tell you about. The album will be about coping with the death of someone close to you. It won’t be about wallowing in misery, it will be about how to get back on your feet. I need a positive message. So it will be about death again (as all the LS albums) but from the other side.

The new Lunatic formula will be a little different too, more electronic, even more… alternative (?), and the most musically daring of them all. I will venture to claim that it will be the most daring of all the albums I have released so far. I’m definitely dealing a new hand here. Usually, I was making “Lunatics” between Riverside albums, between tours. This year, because we had cancelled all our concerts, I had the time to think everything through more carefully. The new Lunatic Soul will be a very rich album musically and probably the most emotional too.


There is nothing more beautiful about being a musician than the possibility to create your own music worlds. I know that, within reason and proper aesthetics, you can have a few of them. Creating something out of nothing, dressing it up in colours, collecting and sorting it up. Putting on your shelves such worlds of paradoxes, on the one hand stripped of all boundaries and determinants, and on the other, very carefully put together. Planning certain things two, three, ten years ahead, looking at different situations from a broader perspective allows for creating universal, more valuable worlds. I’d like to create something like that. Something meaningful. Something that helps not only me but others as well.

So thank you all for your faith and loyalty. For being interested and being there for me. Thanks to you I can still create and feel that I’m not doing it only for myself. Thanks to you October keeps getting better every year and I am crazy excited about future plans. I keep buying the silly notebooks and I really feel that in spite of everything, in spite of all the shitty stuff around, life is truly beautiful.


photo by Oskar Szramka