For the Riverside diehards among us, Burning Shed has for sale the Riverside Reality Dream Boxset, originally released in Poland in 2011, but extremely hard to find in North America. Believe me, I’ve searched high and low for a decently priced copy here in the States. Now, it’s available again. Order as soon as you can. My guess is that they will go quickly.
Burning Shed’s description:
A six cd box set collection containing Riverside’s Reality Dream studio trilogy, Out Of Myself (2003), Second Life Syndrome (2005) and Rapid Eye Movement (2007), plus the contemporaneous extras and live releases Voices In My Head (2005), Second Live Syndrome (2008) and Rapid Eye Movement II (2007).
Presented in a beautiful six panel digipak.
Pre-order for 24th March shipping.
N.B. This is the 2011 Polish release on the Mystic Production label.
It would be an understatement to say that this has been an eventful year for Mariusz Duda and Riverside. As the year began, they were riding high on the success of “Love, Fear, and The Time Machine,” and it seemed things couldn’t be going better. But life doesn’t always cooperate, and February saw the tragic gut-punch of losing Piotr Grudzinski, which left Riverside’s future indeterminate for a time.
Duda himself, as I found out in the interview, lost his father some time after that.
It’s a lot to take, but some how Duda and Riverside soldier onward, as their recent announcement to continue as a three-piece attests. I was fortunate enough to be connected to Duda for another conversation (my first one can be found here), as we discussed what he and the band have been through and where they are going from here.
Progarchy: Well, it has been an eventful year for you guys … how are you holding up?
Mariusz Duda: Thank you so much, every day better and better. You know, time flies, and time also heals our wounds a bit. This year for me, personally, has not been good because I lost my father in May. So if you just imagine three months after Piotr’s death, I had a death in my family. Piotr was also my family. Anyway, this year was not so happy, and I just needed time to recover. But now I feel better and I have the strength to talk about Riverside and some other stuff, both in the past in the future.
Ok, so I’m taking a bit to get through my best of 2016. It was a GOOD year. Certainly not when it came to violence or politics, but music. It soothes my upset soul. Thank you, fellow proggers.
One quick note before I dive into part III.
I must mention an album (two parter) that brought immense joy to me this year: the soundtrack of STRANGER THINGS. I’ve had the opportunity to sing the praises of this glorious 8-part nostalgia trip of a Netflix series elsewhere, and I’m terrible at trying to describe and review electronic music. Regardless, this soundtrack captures the mystery of the series just perfectly. I’ve seen the series three times, and I’ve listened to the two-CD soundtrack a million more. Few things will define 2016 as much as this series did.
Riverside, EYE OF THE SOUNDSCAPE (Insideout Music, 2016). Tracks: Where the River Flows (new), Shine (new), Rapid Eye Movement, Night Sessions 1, Night Sessions 2, Sleepwalkers (new), Rainbow Trip, Heavenland, Return, Aether, Machines, Promise, Eye of the Landscape (new).
It’s truly hard to know what to label Riverside’s latest release, EYE OF THE SOUNDSCAPE. I can, however, state the following with absolute certainty: it is a truly glorious thing. A thing of intense beauty. A thing I very proudly own. Two disks, 103 minutes of music, and great packaging. What more could one want from any album, let alone from a band as exceptional as Riverside?
Yet, EYE OF THE SOUNDSCAPE is not really a proper album, or at least an album with all new tracks. Of the thirteen tracks on this album, only four are new. The other nine come from previous Riverside releases, generally from the special editions. What holds them together is the ambient and electronic quality of each song.
But, wait. . . isn’t that what Lunatic Soul is for? Duda’s more experimental side?
I’m back! After two months at 10,000 feet above sea level and almost no internet, I have high speed! So, what do I do with my access. . . I record progarchy radio episode 9. Music from The Tangent, The Ben Cameron Project, The Pineapple Thief, Frost*, Oceansize, Riverside, SAND, Karmakanic, Simple Minds, Nosound, Roswell 6, Tool, Threshold, Jason Rubenstein, and Cosmograf.
Two unexpected beauties arrived in the mail today–the latest releases from Riverside and Karmakanic. Well, I write unexpected because 1) I had completely forgotten that I’d pre-ordered the Riverside; and 2) I wasn’t expecting it to show up with Karmakanic, which I’d also forgotten was a two-disk affair. Truly serendipity.
The Riverside release is really a re-release of last year’s LOVE FEAR AND THE TIME MACHINE. This special edition includes a second disk, a DVD, with the album presented in hi-res stereo as well as 5.1 surround (mixed by Bruce Soord). It also includes a hi-res version of five tracks from the recording sessions, and the videos made to accompany the album. From what I can tell, the booklet that comes with it contains no new information from last year’s release except for an update on who mixed the DVD.
Not surprisingly in the least, everything here is outstanding–from the packaging to the re-released music. If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out Erik Heter’s review as well as his interview with the band last year.
I’m especially taken with the five additional tracks labeled as “day sessions.” These add up to nearly 28 minutes of extra music. If you remember how The Pineapple Thief often released bonus material of their jam sessions a decade or so ago, you know exactly what to expect from these “day sessions.” Frankly, they’re stunning, sounding as much like Lunatic Soul as Riverside. The atmosphere created and presented by these tracks is really exceptional. It’s worth ordering this new package just for these five songs alone. I’m sure I will be spending many hours listening to these songs.
When I pre-ordered the new Karmakanic (already reviewed–several days ago), I didn’t remember having ordered the special edition. While the artwork–provided by Rush’s Hugh Syme–is simply stunning, I can’t say the same about the packaging. Mostly plastic, my new case came pre-crushed! The booklet is in good shape, but the innards that hold the two disks are just lots and lots of flaky pieces. Ugh. Thankfully, the disks are ok, but the packaging is weak and poor. Too bad, as this release deserves the highest treatment possible. The extra disk is also a DVD. It has five songs recorded at RosFest 2012, a “making of” documentary, and several interviews.