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LOONYPARK

Crossover Prog • Poland


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LOONYPARK was formed in 2007 in Krakow, Poland, by Krzysztof LEPIARCZYK (keys) and Jakub GRZESŁO (drums). The line-up was soon completed by vocalist Sabina GODULA-ZAJĄC (LIQUID SHADOW), guitarist Piotr GRODECKI and bassist Piotr LIPKA (both of whom had played with Krzysztof in METEOPATA). Jakub left before the second album, to be replaced by Grzegorz FIEBER (also from METEOPATA)

All of the band members are session musicians with Krzysztof playing in POLISH MESS (along with Piotr L and Grzegorz), STICKY HANDS, PADRE and others. For those who know PADRE, that is an acoustic project, while LOONYPARK has no restrictions on what they are trying to do.

Krzysztof is currently working on the next LOONYPARK album, after which they are planning to play live

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3.25 | 18 ratings
Egoist
2007
3.43 | 16 ratings
Straw Andy
2011
3.64 | 40 ratings
Unbroken Spirit Lives In Us
2014
3.22 | 21 ratings
Perpetual
2016

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 Unbroken Spirit Lives In Us by LOONYPARK album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.64 | 40 ratings

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Unbroken Spirit Lives In Us
Loonypark Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars This was the third album from Polish act Loonypark, and in the intervening years there was just the one line-up change with drummer Jakub Grzesło departing prior to their 2011 release, 'Straw Andy', and being replaced by Grzegorz Fieber. In many ways, this is quite a different album to the debut, which perhaps isn't surprising given that there were seven years between the two, as the band were by now confident in what they were doing, and it is this confidence that shines through in everything they touch. It is more symphonic than before, and whereas the power was somewhat restrained in the past, here it is allowed more freedom. Sabina hits the notes she wants to, and maintains them without a quiver, standing proud to the world, showing that she knows she has the voice, and is going to use it.

The delicate guitar lines that were the trademark sound of the debut are still here, but not as frequent as they once were. The band have shifted so that Krzysztof's keyboards are even more important than they were previously: they are much more integral to the overall being that is Loonypark. He isn't afraid to play delicate piano if that is what is needed, or use the sounds of a harpsichord, while Piotr Lipka brings in a fretless bass to give that extra warmth, or they can easily move into all-out bombastic over the top symphonic prog. There is a real sense of space within the music, so that the listener can move between the interweaving strands and concentrate on whatever seems to be the most important. "Treasure" is a real highlight, with so much delicacy at the beginning that it feels as if a gossamer thread is being wove, before being blast away just in time for them to start the process all over again. I became a fan of Loonypark when I first heard their debut all those years ago, but this album is just so much more than I could ever have imagined that they would become. Awesome.

 Egoist by LOONYPARK album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.25 | 18 ratings

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Egoist
Loonypark Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars Polish band Loonypark was formed in 2007 by Krzysztof Lepiarczyk (keyboards) and Jakub Grzesło (drums). They soon found the right singer in Sabina Godula-Zając (who had previously been in Liquid Shadow with Krzysztof and had sung with Millenium), and Krzysztof then looked to another of his previous bands, Meteopata, for guitarist Piotr Grodecki and bassist Piotr Lipka. For a debut album, this is a polished affair, but given that the guys had all been around the scene for a while that probably isn't too surprising. Unlike Liquid Shadow, here all the vocals are in English, which immediately makes it more accessible for those who don't understand Polish, and the music is also quite different in that here it is far more reflective, and not nearly so in your face.

It contains elements of symphonic prog, mixed with good strong melodies and sensibilities while also using some wonderful Camel or Jadis-style guitar lines. There is a real warmth to the keyboards, and Sabina has beautiful control and timbre that gives the music a depth and quality sadly missing from many bands. It certainly doesn't come across as a debut, there is far more power and passion, but all restrained and dealt with in the right manner. Guitarist Maciek Tomczyk, who later turned up in the Polish avant-garde metal band Luc Occulta, is a guest on this album for some of the songs, and it is hard to imagine that he later became more abrasive as here his guitar sings gently and sweetly, combining with some wonderfully dated keyboard sounds to create something quite special. Poland has long been a haven for some amazing progressive bands, and Loonypark are yet another strong act.

 Perpetual by LOONYPARK album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.22 | 21 ratings

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Perpetual
Loonypark Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

3 stars Interesting computer program keyboard-oriented Neo Prog. It's melodic, quirky, gentle, and graced by the FREQUENCY DRIFT/INTROITUS type of sound and female vocalist (Sabina Godula-Zając),

Five star songs: 2. "Face in the mirror" (4:20) (9/10) and 7. "Secrets to hide" (5:39) which has a cool PINGVINORKESTERN feel to it. Great pacing groove. And better sound choices. (9/10)

Four star songs: 1. "Something to Forget" (5:10) (8/10); 3. "Train of life" (5:11) banjo! (8/10); 8. "New beginning" (5:55) a long introduction leads into a pleasant, melodic instrumental song (8/10); 9. "December" (5:33) the computer drums immediately intrigue and repel me. Piano and low register female vocal soon join in. Singer gets emotionally involved. Nice piano bar or AM rock ballad. (8/10); 4. "Don't say a word" (4:34) Nice vocal but too syrupy. The keyboard sounds sound old. (7/10), and; 5. "In the name..." (4:24) ("...of the Lord") weird little song. (7/10)

Three star songs: 6. "Catch & release" (5:14) So simple. And dated. Like a bad 70s rock song. (6/10)

A solid three star album. Good but not great.

 Perpetual by LOONYPARK album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.22 | 21 ratings

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Perpetual
Loonypark Crossover Prog

Review by tbstars1

3 stars Fourth release by this Polish band, after Egoist, Straw Andy and Unbroken Spirit Lives in Us. I am happy to report that, in my view, the band, which was previously going progressively downhill, has stopped (if not reversed) the trend.

I thought Egoist was a top-notch album with sufficient variation (and guitar breaks) within the tracks to maintain interest throughout - think of (a less dynamic) Landmarq or, say, Janison Edge. Having noted from the scores on the doors that Egoist is actually the least regarded album to date, however, I went back and had another listen. First time I had done so in many years, and I thought maybe my memory was playing tricks. Then I listened to the other three as well. No change - Egoist is definitely the only one where each and every track stands on its own feet.

First half of Straw Andy maintains the standard of its predecessor but there is an alarming deterioration towards the end where the band seems to be re-positioning itself squarely as middle-of-the-road rock balladeers: all heartfelt lyrics and over-dramatic wailing guitars. This is a trademark prog conceit, designed (supposedly) to add weight and depth to its surroundings, but selectivity is the key: a succession of maudlin ballads is enough to send you scurrying to the hills, to scrape your knuckles on the rocks.

Much of Unbroken Spirit Lives in Us reinforced the trend, with the title track being a particular culprit. "Nothing will change before we die" pleads Sabina on Awakening. Quite right, too - any more of this and we'll all need putting out of our collective misery before the night is over. Thankfully, the closing two-parter, The End, is hauntingly beautiful and serves wholly to restore your faith in the human condition.

And so to Perpetual. Crikey! The band has now thrown in electric violins for good measure. Still too much dramatic blancmange for my liking (eg December), and too much contrived jauntiness (eg Don't say a Word) , but at least the band has rediscovered some grit and balls...although not enough to raise the overall score above 3 stars. If you want to hear the band at its best, and to leave your knuckles undamaged, I recommend that you don't stray beyond the Egoist.

 Straw Andy by LOONYPARK album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.43 | 16 ratings

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Straw Andy
Loonypark Crossover Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Calling 1980s classic rock fans: Here's an album you may wish to check out. There are various guitar textures and solos, synthesizer backing, and powerful drumming, all of which screams FM radio. Sabina Godula-Zając has a warm, bluesy voice that lends itself well to these rock songs. Imagine a female-fronted Journey (or, easier still, think of Heart) with occasionally more complex arrangements- that's Loonypark's Straw Andy. My main criticism is that the second half of the album consists of slower-paced songs, and a lot of the energy that the first half builds never returns.

"Straw Andy" After a teasing Mellotron, this opening track becomes a straightforward guitar-led instrumental.

"Undefeated" A pleasant distorted rhythm and synthesizer lead introduces this inoffensive rocker. The guitars are dynamic, ranging from dialed-back distortion to fuller riffing.

"Baby Lulla Shadows - Part 1" I dig the main riff to this, especially with the sputtering bass guitar flickering underneath it. The 1980s rock and roll vibe is decidedly present with the synthesizer backing and the lead guitar antics.

"Baby Lulla Shadows - Part 2" The second part brings multiple guitar sounds- acoustic, crunchy electric, smooth chorused electric- and creates a soft rock song almost capable of inducing slow dancing.

"Try" Another soft rocker, this time led by electric piano has a refrain that makes me want to put on roller skates and dodge the reflected light hitting the floor from a shimmering, rotating globe.

"Strangers" This reflective song on acoustic piano keeps me whisked away to the 1980s.

"The World is Enough" A third slow dance song in a row, this one, just as pretty, keeps the piano but adds a bit of acoustic guitar and some other light instrumentation. The tasteful guitar solo leads into some big synth.

"Dance" Speaking of synth, here's a darker one soaked in it alongside saturated guitar that tapers off into more hushed verses. From time to time it springs back into crunchy brusqueness. Compared to many of the other songs, this one is tougher to follow. A seemingly unrelated synthesizer passage shows up near the end.

"Great in the Sky" Mournful piano "Great [Gig] in the Sky" and equally mournful vocals make up the bulk of the final song. The album concludes with another satisfying guitar solo.

 Unbroken Spirit Lives In Us by LOONYPARK album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.64 | 40 ratings

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Unbroken Spirit Lives In Us
Loonypark Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars Maybe unbroken spirit lives in the United States too ... well, funny, this is what I read by mistake for the very first time due to the capital letters when I saw the album title ... but to make it clear, LOONYPARK is hailing from Europe, Poland, Krakow precisely. They are underway for several years now, which means this is not their debut at all. As for that you are faced with professionally composed music overall. This is an album of vinyl length, build up by polished songs - a blend of art rock and neo prog which occasionally even gets close to the popular world - similar in style to fellow countrymen from Believe, State Urge, Archangelica aso.

To draw on this firstly, when following Awakening for example I'm inclined to hear the pop band Eurythmics, where Sabina's voice intensively reminds me of Annie Lennox hereby. And in some way I can't get rid of the impression, that I've listened to one or two songs or at least sections before, just within another context. Nevertheless this is a pleasant listen really, due to the haunting melodies, excellent musicanship guaranteed. Just to mention the heart-melting title track which appears as an extended ballad here. Failed Game marks a strong opener, the intriguing groove accompanied by a memorable guitar riff moves straight into the blood. This may be suitable for kicking the people onto the dancefloor, but is able to offer even more, namely a nice melancholic piano outro. I like this song very much.

Treasure convinces me due to alternating signatures - they are toggling balladesque and straightforward rocking moments with ease. Above all I find this production a really full-scale guitar offensive delivered by Piotr Grodecki. Astonishingly enough the prog scene in Poland - similar to the Italian - is a very productive one currently. Hereby LOONYPARK are bound to develop smooth and catchy music, as for that approach and success in general this album is comparable to Believe's 'World Is Round'. If you are feeling comfortable with this, while missing some edges on the other hand, this album is a recommendation for sure - 3.5 stars.

 Egoist by LOONYPARK album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.25 | 18 ratings

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Egoist
Loonypark Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Krakow is the place to search if you like melodic Neo Prog and Polish band Loonypark is another act from the city trying to be sidelined somewhere in the proggy map of the country.The band was formed in 2008 with Krzysztof Lepiarczyk on keyboards (formerly of Liquid Shadow), Sabina Godula-Zajac on vocals (also with Liquid Shadow), Jakub Grzeslo on drums, Piotr Grodecki on guitars and Piotr Lipka on bass, while Maciej Tomczyk contributes on lead guitars in five tracks of their debut ''Egoist'', launched in 2008 by Lynx Music and co-produced by the founder of the label Ryszard Kramarski.

Loonypark's style has strong links with the Polish Neo Prog movement, though the sound is less flexible than to say the approach of MILLENIUM or SATELLITE, while all lyrics are written in English.Musically the majority of the ten mid-length tracks are easy listening with a strong melodic content and very warm vocals, that lack strong, expressive feelings but sound good nevertheless.Pretty standard song structures are the basic core of Lonnypark's sound, featuring though some short extensions for a bit of instrumental work, containing heavier guitar moves, light symphonic textures and more flashy synthesizers.Most of the arrangements though are characterized by smooth and secure guitar lines, very soft keyboard passages and harmonic vocal parts by Sabina Godula-Zajac.So ''Egoist'' is basically driven by the deep atmospheres created by the band and to a lesser extent by some good yet limited instrumental passages.However the superb richness and the absolutely personal approach of the bigger names of the Polish scene are rather absent.

Good debut by this talented act from Krakow.Definitely worth purchasing if you like the more atmospheric and melodic side of Progressive/Art Rock.

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition.

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