Dead Can Dance is an Australian musical project formed in 1981 in Melbourne by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. Their sound can only be described as “eclectic” as the are truly unique in the style and type of music that they perform, characterized as being “constructed soundscapes of mesmerising grandeur and solemn beauty; African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern mantras, and art rock.” There really is no other group that can be compared to them.
Where did Perry and Gerrard come up with the name “Dead Can Dance”? In their own words:
“To understand why we chose the name, think of the transformation of inanimacy to animacy. Think of the processes concerning life from death and death into life. So many people missed the inherent symbolic intention of the work, and assumed that we must be “morbid gothic types”.
The songs included in this playlist have been culled from live performances captured during the 1993, 2005 and 2012 tours plus tracks from the Spiritchaser and 2018’s Dionysus albums.