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Lunatic Soul – Through Shaded Woods (Album Review)

Lunatic Soul, the project from Riverside’s Mariusz Duda, has released its seventh album ‘Through Shaded Woods’. On the new album, Duda continues to explore soundscapes outside of his Riverside home, this time leaving behind the electronic instruments featured heavily on previous Lunatic Soul albums, in favor or a more organic and acoustic approach.  In fact, this release might be the most similar to anything he has created with Riverside.  It is also the first album where he plays all the instruments.  According to the album’s press release Mariusz found his inspiration for the album from his childhood home, an area of Poland known for its forests and lakes, ” I think I have always wanted to create an album steeped in nature and woodlands. These bring to my mind freedom, breathing and a dance ritual of coming back to nature, so I wanted the album to include such ritualistic primal dances, shamanic, Slavic and Viking moods. I wanted to mix it all up and put it all together, making “Through Shaded Woods” the most intense, dynamic and the most danceable album in my career.”

The album opens on the atmospheric “Navvie” which immediately makes present the acoustic and folky nature of this album.  It is also the album’s shortest track.  “The Passage” follows which is brilliantly haunting and dynamic.  Very tribal sounding, the song weaves through interesting acoustic guitar work to very Riverside-esque metal riffs for something entirely unique and captivating. Meanwhile, “Through Shaded Woods” has a cinematic Celtic feel. The album’s longest track “Oblivion” is a gorgeous melodic number that highlights Duda’s wonderful voice over slight accompanying orchestration.

This is an album that has a feel of a soundtrack.  It is a unique piece of work and one that any longtime Riverside or Lunatic Soul fan will immediately appreciate. Mariusz Duda is an artist that continues to push himself, exploring different music elements and themes and has brilliantly succeeded on ‘Through Shaded Woods’.

Released on Nov. 13th, 2020 on Kscope Records

Tracklisting
1. Navvie (4:03)
2. The Passage (8:57)
3. Through Shaded Woods (5:51)
4. Oblivion (5:03)
5. Summoning Dance (9:52)
6. The Fountain (6:04)

Special Ltd Edition Bonus CD:
1. Vyraj (5:32)
2. Hylophobia (3:20)
3. Transition II (27:45)

Mariusz Duda / vocals, all instruments

Order HERE (https://lunaticsoul.lnk.to/ThroughShadedWoods)

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Hear the new single “The Fountain” from the upcoming Lunatic Soul album

With the release of their highly anticipated new and seventh album Through Shaded Woods, only days away Lunatic Soul have released a new track and video, for “The Fountain”.

“The Fountain” is the final track of “Through Shaded Woods” and it’s the last music phrase, played on the piano, repeating the sounds which you hear in the opening track, “Navvie”, which creates an interesting framing device. Lyrically this song talks about breaking free from darkness and going through to the bright side, I really feel it’s definitely a strong point in the new “Through Shaded Woods”. Mariusz Duda.

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On album number seven Mariusz Duda, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and mastermind behind Lunatic Soul is extending his musical explorations to include dark Scandinavian and Slavic folk referencing bands like Heilung or Wardruna. Following the heavily electronic sound of previous albums Fractured and Under the Fragmented Sky, Through Shaded Woods is completely devoid of electronics and is the first album in Duda’s discography, on which he plays all instruments.

Mariusz found his inspiration for the album from his childhood home, an area of Poland known for its forests and lakes, ” I think I have always wanted to create an album steeped in nature and woodlands. These bring to my mind freedom, breathing and a dance ritual of coming back to nature, so I wanted the album to include such ritualistic primal dances, shamanic, Slavic and Viking moods. I wanted to mix it all up and put it all together, making “Through Shaded Woods” the most intense, dynamic and the most danceable album in my career.”

Mariusz Duda appears to have put the personal darkness that inspired his previous albums behind him, as more optimistic elements shine through in his new music. The album becoming musically “brighter” as it progresses – from the atmospheric introduction of “Navvie” through to the title track, which leads the listener to a melodious, trance like “Oblivion”, echoing the style of Dead Can Dance.

Through Shaded Woods will be released on CD; 2 CD featuring a bonus disc of 3 additional tracks including a 26-minute suite called “Transition 2; black vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve and digitally and is available to pre-order HERE (https://lunaticsoul.lnk.to/ThroughShadedWoods)

Tracklisting:
Navvie [04:03]
The Passage [08:57]
Through Shaded Woods [05:51]
Oblivion [05:03]
Summoning Dance[09:52]
The Fountain [06:04]
Additional bonus tracks contained on disc 2 of the Ltd Ed CD format:
Vyraj [05:32]
Hylophobia [03:20]
Transition II [27:45]

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