Lost in the New Real
|Lost in the New Real|
|Studio album by Arjen Anthony Lucassen|
|Released||23 April 2012 (Europe)
May 8, 2012 (United States)
|Producer||Arjen Anthony Lucassen|
|Arjen Anthony Lucassen chronology|
|Arjen Anthony Lucassen's projects chronology|
Lost in the New Real (also referred to as Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Lost in the New Real) is the second solo studio album by Dutch songwriter, producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen. It is Lucassen's first solo album since Pools of Sorrow, Waves of Joy released 18 years ago under the name Anthony, before he reached fame with his progressive metal/rock opera project Ayreon. He sang lead vocals for the first time since the first album, and played most of the instruments himself including all guitars, bass and keyboards.
As with Ayreon, it is a concept album. It follows the story of Mr. L (voiced by Lucassen), a modern-day man revived in a distant future where everything has changed. According to Lucassen, the story is "basically a separate story" but is indirectly related to Ayreon; the cover art includes the Dream Sequencer from the Ayreon album Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer and the character of Mr. L already appeared in the Ayreon song "The Truth is in Here" (from 01011001). The album also features Dutch actor and Golden Globe-winner Rutger Hauer as Mr. L’s appointed psychological advisor, Voight-Kampff, in reference to the eponymous fictional polygraph-like device in Blade Runner, in which Hauer played.
Music videos were released for "Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin" and "E-police". Lucassen also released a music video for "Lost in the New Real", which also acts practically as an introduction to the album.
The story of follows Mr. L, a twenty-first century man who was cryopreserved at the moment of clinical death from a terminal disease. The album begins as Mr. L is being revived at a point in the distant future, when technology has advanced enough to cure his disease. Mr. L finds himself in a world that has drastically changed — to the point that the line between what’s real and what’s not is no longer clear.
Mr. L’s appointed psychological advisor, Voight-Kampff (Hauer), is tasked with helping him emotionally adapt to this strange new world. The listener follows Mr. L’s emotional journey as he is confronted with both serious and comical aspects of the “New Real”, and desperately tries to decide if he can find a meaningful place within it.
Connections to Ayreon
Lost in the New Real features several elements indicating it is set in the same universe and timeline as Ayreon; Lucassen stated "There are some connections to the Ayreon saga (I couldn’t resist...)", even if insisting on the fact it was still a separate story. Due to The Theory of Everything being a fresh start for Ayreon, Lost in the New Real is the last Lucassen album to take place in the fictional universe and storyline originating from The Final Experiment in 1995.
Mr. L already appeared in the Ayreon song "The Truth Is in Here" from 01011001, where he was also voiced by Lucassen. The song was set in present day, presumably before the events of Lost in the New Real. In "The Truth Is in Here", Mr. L was referring to several Ayreon stories, including the stories of The Final Experiment, Into the Electric Castle and The Human Equation.
In the booklet, "Our Imperfect Race" explains that "In their ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, SETI finally has detected a signal that could be some sort of binary code. Is it an alien life form trying to contact us, or just a freak coincidence?". This is a reference to 01011001, where The Forever, a fictional race featured in several Ayreon albums, sends a distress signal under the form of a binary code.
Background and recording
On 13 June 2011 Lucassen announced his next album would be a solo album, stating "I've been wanting to record a solo album with just me singing for about 10 years now [...] my last solo attempts have turned into an Ayreon, Star One and Guilt Machine releases instead! But now the time is right and I feel very inspired!". He defines his new album as "an eclectic album", and announced that Rutger Hauer will be the narrator. Hauer is best known for acting in the 1982 cult film Blade Runner, Lucassen's favorite science-fiction film.
On 8 February 2012 Lucassen's website stated that Hauer "enjoyed the collaboration with Arjen, saying 'it was marvelous work, very creative.'", and announces the releases dates in Europe and USA. On 23 February 2012, the title of the album, along with the cover art, were revealed.
Mir Fantastiki magazine rated Lost in the New Real 10 out of 10, calling it "a masterpiece of conceptualism" and "anthem to the classics of rock", and later awarded it as the Best sci-fi/fantasy concept album of 2012.
All tracks written by Arjen Anthony Lucassen.
|1.||"The New Real"||6:24|
|2.||"Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin"||3:36|
|3.||"Parental Procreation Permit"||5:03|
|4.||"When I'm a Hundred Sixty-Four"||2:30|
|6.||"Don’t Switch Me Off"||4:06|
|7.||"Dr. Slumber’s Eternity Home"||3:51|
|8.||"Yellowstone Memorial Day"||3:31|
|9.||"Where Pigs Fly"||3:47|
|10.||"Lost in the New Real"||10:19|
|11.||"Behind the New Real" (Video)||13:45|
|1.||"Our Imperfect Race"||6:27|
|2.||"Welcome to the Machine" (Pink Floyd cover)||4:45|
|3.||"So Is There No God?"||4:41|
|4.||"Veteran of the Psychic Wars" (Blue Öyster Cult cover)||4:34|
|5.||"The Social Recluse"||3:55|
|6.||"Battle of Evermore" (Led Zeppelin cover)||5:28|
|7.||"The Space Hotel"||3:49|
|8.||"Some Other Time" (The Alan Parsons Project cover)||4:06|
|9.||"You Have Entered the Reality Zone"||3:24|
|10.||"I'm the Slime" (Frank Zappa cover)||2:53|
|11.||"Behind the Artwork" (Video)||13:35|
- Arjen Anthony Lucassen - lead vocals ("Mr. L"), guitars, bass, keyboards, other instruments
- Rutger Hauer - spoken vocals ("Voight Kampff")
- Wilmer Waarbroek - backing vocals, grunts on "Parental Procreation Permit"
- Ed Warby - drums
- Rob Snijders - drums
- Ben Mathot - violin
- Maaike Peterse - cello
- Jeroen Goossens - flutes
- Elvya Dulcimer - hammered dulcimer, female vocals on "The Battle of Evermore"
- Gjalt Lucassen - megaphone on "I'm The Slime"
- "Arjen's solo album title and cover art revealed". Arjen A. Lucassen official website. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
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- "Lost in the new Real page". Arjen A. Lucassen official website. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- About.com 2012
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