Exposé Online banner

Lunatic Soul — Lunatic Soul II
(Kscope 161, 2010, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2011-06-01

Lunatic Soul II Cover art

Nowhere on the cover does it actually say it, but this is indeed the second Lunatic Soul, a follow-up to the first, which was released a couple years ago. In essence, it is the solo project of Riverside frontman Mariusz Duda, who wrote all the songs, sang all the vocals, and handled most of the instrumentation himself, save some guest keyboards, piano, drums, and flute, track depending. The overall sound throughout most of the nine cuts is very somber and introspective, grasping at a feeling somewhere between 70s Floyd circa Animals and Peter Gabriel’s Security, with plenty of gothic touches planted here and there. It does rock heavily at times, perhaps informed by the pervasive influence of Porcupine Tree on almost everything and everyone it touches (including his primary band), though in its lucid instrumental approach, Duda never wastes cycles flirting with metal or flash – more often taking the less traveled road of a world ambient and atmospheric style, still driven to the heights of rock, laced with abundant symphonic touches. The concept works well, moody and melancholy as it may be, mainly due to Duda’s ability to shift gears at regular intervals and never let the concept drag the listener down any single path for too long. Fans of the contemporary symphonic rock sound should find plenty here of interest.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Mariusz Duda / Lunatic Soul

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Donovan - The Donovan Concert: Live in L.A. – 60s folk icon Donovan appeared at the Kodak Theater in LA on his 2007 tour to a packed house of acolytes from the Transcendental Meditation foundation (led by filmmaker David Lynch). From the get-go,...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues