Dead Can Dance – Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance is an Australian music duo from Melbourne. Currently composed of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, the group formed in 1981 and relocated to London the following year. Australian music historian Ian McFarlane described Dead Can Dance’s style as “constructed soundscapes of mesmerising grandeur and solemn beauty; African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern music, mantras, and art rock.” Dead Can Dance is also the name of their debut album, released on 27 February 1984. The musicians who performed on the album were Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerrard, Paul Erikson, James Pinker and Peter Ulrich. The instrumentation consisted of guitars, bass guitar and drums, with added percussion and the very distinct sound of the yangqin, as played by Gerrard. The album cover includes a photo of a piece of artwork from Papua New Guinea on the left side, and on the right, the Greek characters “ΔΞΛΔ CΛΝ ΔΛΝCΞ”, which aimed to visually resemble the title “DEAD CAN DANCE”.
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