Lunatic Soul - Through Shaded Woods (LP)
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Rock / Progressive Rock
As the lead singer of the hugely popular prog-rock band Riverside, Lunatic Soul was created in 2008 as an opportunity for Duda to explore musical territories outside the rock domain. ‘Through Shaded Woods’ is a new opening for Lunatic Soul, with it not only being considered the most refined and richest sounding album, but also the brightest and most positive in their discography to date. On album number seven Duda extends his musical explorations to include dark Scandinavian and Slavic folk, referencing bands like Heilung or Wardruna. Following the heavily electronic soundscapes 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 back catalogue on which he plays all instruments. 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 almost moving ‘through shaded woods’ and emerging into a more illuminated place musically 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.