Lunatic Soul is the solo project of Mariusz Duda, the lead singer and creative force behind the Polish band, Riverside. The album is called ‘Walking on a Flashlight Beam’ and comprises almost 64 minutes of brand new music.
Mariusz Duda: “Walking On A Flashlight Beam” – the title indicates living in a world of imagination, in a place that’s made up and unreal. You can have your head in the clouds, you can chase after rainbows so you can walk on a flashlight beam too. It’s a story about choosing to be alone, inspired by the life of people who were completely alienated and withdrawn from social life, who shunned all interactions with the outside world. It’s about people who, even on a bright and sunny day, have the curtains drawn and the blinds closed in their rooms. Such people are usually surrounded by books, films, games, figments of other people’s imagination. I’ve written about solitude and living in a world of fiction before in Riverside’s lyrics but now I’ve decided to write a whole album about it.”
“These are very dark and intense compositions but very melodious too. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written, if not the best one”.
“I realize that, for some, this will be the fourth album but for others, only the third because Impressions was actually a supplement to the first two. Still others view the first two, the Black and White continuing interwoven story so they will consider this new one to be only… the second album :) Now, I’ll go in a different direction… a bit less oriental and more… alternative. Actually, it seems like it will be a huge dose of trance darkness. I think it is much more versatile music than before. It’s also going to be more emotive than ever… I’ve always wanted Lunatic Soul to be, first and foremost, music for the Souls whether they be Lunatic or not.”