Arjen Lucassen: talks about the concept behind his new solo album

Arjen Lucassen talks about the concept behind his new solo album, "Lost in the New Real."

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Release dates:
23 April (Europe)
8 May (USA)

The concept behind Arjen Lucassen's 'Lost in the New Real'

The story of "Lost in the New Real" 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 (played by Rutger Hauer) is tasked with helping him emotionally adapt to this strange new world. The songs on CD1 follow the main character 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.

CD2 is a mix of songs that are part of the concept but didn't fit on CD1, and cover songs that are (more or less) related to the concept. As Arjen's fans have come to expect, informative and humorous 'behind the scenes' videos are added to both CDs as CD-rom tracks. This beautiful 2-CD Limited Edition Mediabook is illustrated by the striking artwork of Claudio Bergamin.



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]
5] E-police [4:07]
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] Bonus CD-ROM video feature: "Behind the New Real" [13:45]

Total audio time CD1: 47:00


1] Our Imperfect Race [6:27]
2] Welcome to the Machine [4:45] (Pink Floyd cover)
3] So is there no God? [4:41]
4] Veteran of the Psychic Wars [4:34] Blue Oyster Cult cover)
5] The Social Recluse [3:35]
6] Battle of Evermore [5:28] (Led Zeppelin cover)
7] The Space Hotel [3:49]
8] Some Other Time [Alan Parsons Project cover)
9] You Have Entered the Reality Zone [3:24]
10] I'm the Slime [2:53] (Frank Zappa cover)
11] Bonus CD-ROM video feature "Behind the Artwork" [13:35]

Total audio time CD2: 43:20


Arjen Lucassen as "Mr. L"
Vocals, instruments, music, lyrics

Rutger Hauer as "Dr. Voight-Kampff"

Wilmer Waarbroek: backing vocals
Ed Warby: drums
Rob Snijders: drums
Ben Mathot:violin
Maaike Peterse: cello
Jeroen Goossens: flute
Elvya Dulcimer: Hammered dulcimer on "Battle of Evermore"