Dead Can Dance

Genres: Pop / Rock World
Tags: ambient ethereal darkwave gothic world new age Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Based in London, England, but tracing their origins to Australia, Dead Can Dance’s long campaign in the music industry has rarely attracted attention outside of a devoted following. Whether this is a result of wilful obscurism or a disciplined artistic vision, is a moot point, but the band left behind more than a decade’s worth of, by turns, infuriating and blissful, avant garde pop.

The band’s name had the unfortunate effect of nailing their colours to the gothic masthead, though in truth they were light years away from this genre. Their 1984 debut collection was not as focused as later efforts, mingling their trademark male/female vocals with an uncoordinated mesh of chants and drawling guitar. However, from packaging to production it fitted the 4AD Records aesthetic perfectly, and there were enough hints of the less prosaic gems to come to distinguish the band. Reduced to the core duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard,...

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