Riverside have gathered more than 100 minutes of ambient and instrumental material and will release a “complementary album” this year. This album will be dedicated to their guitarist Piotr Grudziński who died this February after a heart attack.
Bassist and singer Mariusz Duda states: “For years, we have accumulated a lot of material, a part of which was released on bonus discs. I know that some of our listeners still haven’t heard those pieces and do not realise that Riverside, basically right from the start, have been experimenting with ambient and progressive electronic music. And that’s always been a part of our music DNA. (…) We decided to make a compilation of all our instrumental and ambient pieces, and release it this year as an independent album. Some of the songs would be re-mixed to make them sound better, but most of all, we’d add new compositions.”
Addressing his close friend, Duda adds: “We’ll finish this album, Piotr. I will have the burnt disc ready on your birthday. The light in your eyes and the smile on your face when we talked about it, I had not seen you like that for a long time. So please, don’t hold it against me, but I’ve decided that we will dedicate it to you.”