Lunatic Soul — Walking on a Flashlight Beam
(Kscope 299WM, 2014, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-11-06Although it sounds like the name of a band, Lunatic Soul is really the solo side project of Riverside bassist and singer Mariusz Duda, with help from drummer Wawrzyniec Dramowicz. Memories of three previous Lunatic Soul albums are fuzzy at this point, but Walking on a Flashlight Beam seems to step out boldly and push all the right buttons: it’s dark, emotional, powerful, and proggy – whatever that may mean – one will certainly know what it is when they hear it. Interestingly, no guitars are used on the album, only bass, drums, ukulele, congas, flute, and other ethnic instruments (and samples thereof) from around the world, plus multi-tracked voice and whatever magic the studio can provide, courtesy of engineers Robert Srzednicki and Magda Srzednicka. The sounds one will hear are rich and thick with atmosphere, spread across nine discrete tracks. Those expecting something heavy and rock oriented like Riverside’s latest Shrine of New Generation Slaves will be quite surprised that this is nothing like that; here the style is far more experimental, introspective and melancholic, with some vague similarities with the direction that Porcupine Tree was going in the Stupid Dream period, though here the mood is more somber and the arrangements more lush. Oh yeah, it rocks sometimes too, but make no mistake, this is not Riverside. One standout instrumental track is “The Fear Within.” opening with a variety of looped ethnic bells, gongs and other percussion slowly morphing into a catchy irregular rhythm, crossing the plateau with a gentle acoustic guitar figure, and ending up in a pillow of whirlwind effects. The long and the short of it is that there’s a lot of interesting music here waiting to be discovered, revealing itself slowly over many listens.
Related artist(s): Mariusz Duda / Lunatic Soul
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more