CD review LUNATIC SOUL ‘Through Shaded Woods’

It was in 2008 when Riverside frontman Mariusz Duda fathered his solo project Lunatic Soul. Creativity was the driving force for Duda, combined with the strong wish to explore music outside the frames of the musical mothership.

Two years after the ‘Under the Fragmented Sky’ has been released, ‘Through Shaded Woods’ stands for the next step in Duda’s solo career. With album number seven, Duda dives into the beauty of sounds, approached from a folk angle. The mainman, also playing for the first time all instrument himself on the record, builds on handcrafted music, done without any electronics. Songs like ‘The Fountain’ are great results of this approach. It’s a gentle and bright tune, a song made for calm and sunny Sunday mornings.

To leave electronics out in the cold doesn’t mean that ‘Through Shaded Woods’ is lacking energy. Nature provides a lot of energy, manifested in songs like the instrumental opener ‘Navvie’, reminding in parts of bands like Heilung. The beauty of sound is also reflected in tracks like ‘The Passage’ before the title track unfolds its dark mood, being also a leitmotif for the album. For Duda the “Shaded Woods” represent the worst traumas and struggles in human life. Walking through the “Shaded Woods”, metaphorically confronts you with those situations, a question of courage in life.

‘Through Shaded Woods’ is Duda’s most mature solo release to date, focussing on the beauty of tones and the intensity of sounds. It’s an album that allows a deep-dive into the human soul, a springboard for personal reflection. And in case you just want to listen to excellently done music, you will dig ‘Through Shaded Woods’ too.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


  1. Navvie
  2. The Passage
  3. Through Shaded Woods
  4. Oblivion
  5. Summoning Dance
  6. The Fountain

Additional bonus tracks contained on disc 2 of the Ltd Ed CD format:

  1. Vyraj
  2. Hylophobia
  3. Transition II


Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2020



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