Dead Can Dance – The Serpent’s Egg

25 04 2009

000949faDead Can Dance – The Serpent’s Egg
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 36:16 min | 1995 | 131 MB | 10% Recovery Record

The fourth Dead Can Dance album, THE SERPENT’S EGG, continues the band’s evolution away from tradition rock/pop song structures. The tracks are instead built on sustained chords, vocal harmonizing, and brittle-sounding string instruments. “Orbis de Ignis” is almost a cappella, the only music being a bell struck between verses, with the ethereal voice of Lisa Gerrard (and others) skittering over the surface. Along with the insistent tribal drumming of “Mother Tongue,” which eventually evolves into a wordless chant by Lisa Gerrard, the best tracks here are two featuring Brendan Perry’s vocals, “Severance” and “Ullyses.” The first opens on an ominous drone as the song’s narrative tells of a fading community (or civilization, even). The second features some of Perry’s most interesting work with the hurdy-gurdy, which is echoed by a string section. Also of note is the creepy vocal interplay in “Echolalia.” For fans of This Mortal Coil, “Song of Sophia” distinctly recalls that band’s “Song to the Siren.” This is maybe not the best Dead Can Dance record to begin with–it is certainly the group’s most insular–but for fans it is another fascinating trip to the dawn of Western music.  (For Monica =-))

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Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal

25 04 2009

000949f7Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 38:01 min | 1985 | 121 MB | 10% Recovery Record

The primarily experimental structure of their second album, released in 1986, dispelled any notion that the band deserved the post-Gothic label slapped on them by the music press. “Spleen And Ideal” defined a new richness of unification between voice and music, lyrics and structure. (For Monica =-))

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Dead Can Dance – Spiritchaser

25 04 2009

00094a00Dead Can Dance – Spiritchaser
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 51:56 min | 1996 | 191 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Listening to Dead Can Dance is a transcendental experience. Enriched with dedications to the living Gaia, their creations subsist in natural and other worldly realms. Initially crafting songs which augmented their Australian roots with Gothic and Renaissance traditions, the group have since grown to encompass a hybrid of global sounds. On Spiritchaser the enchanted souls of founding members Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard shine in this, their most ethereal LP to date. Whereas earlier endeavors succumbed to genres grounded in eras of the past and non-Western present, it’s immediately apparent that this album has loftier aspirations. Hypnotically threaded with traditional and electronic instruments, the exorcism of each song touches upon the universal essence beyond. While Gerrard’s heavenly vocals are used primarily for instrumental effect, Perry’s fertile lyricism both compliments her efforts and expresses the spiritual associations related to the album’s title and meaning. Intrinsically delivered with shamanistic connectivity, the sensations ritualize the modern mortal. (For Monica =-))

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Dead Can Dance – Into The Labyrinth

25 04 2009

000949fdDead Can Dance – Into The Labyrinth
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:05:31 min | 1993 | 236 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Their goth-sounding name and dour visual image aside, the prolific duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard produce wildly eclectic but utterly unique music. Their painstakingly crafted albums encompass numerous arcane genres, from European classical music to ancient Celtic and Middle Eastern folk styles, often employing authentic antique instruments to achieve their ambitious, emotive soundscapes. The 1993 effort Into the Labyrinth found Dead Can Dance mixing their medieval leanings with more exotic Eastern influences on “Saldek” and “Yulunga,” while exploring Celtic balladry on the traditional “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” and theatrical songcraft in their interpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s “How Fortunate Is the Man with None.”  (For Monica =-))

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Dead Can Dance – Garden Of Arcane Delights

25 04 2009

000949f6Dead Can Dance – Garden Of Arcane Delights
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 15:00 min | 1984 | 62.7 MB | 10% Recovery Record

This 1984 release set the pace for the band’s career, helped define the tone of the 4AD label, and opened the door for a genre that includes Delirium, Deep Forest, and Enigma. While much less dense and textural than more recent DCD, this album begins the group’s study of combining global rhythms and instrumentation from various musical eras with contemporary sounds. Here they explore the somewhat Gothic electronic and rock instrumentation of post-punk European pop. Featuring the lush, sonorous vocals of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, this is a dark, mysterious, and compelling release. Fans of later works will not be disappointed; newcomers will find this groundbreaker a good place to meet Dead Can Dance.  (For Monica =-))

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Dead Can Dance – Dead Can Dance

25 04 2009

000949f5Dead Can Dance – Dead Can Dance
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 36:33 min | 1984 | 113 MB | 10% Recovery Record

In March 1984, 4AD release the first Dead Can Dance first album, a collection of the songs they had written over the previous four years.  The album artwork featured a ritual mask from Nuova Guinea, which would almost become the logo for the band.

The mask,though once a living part of a tree,is now supposedly dead. Neverthless,it has, throught the artistry of its maker,been imbued with a life force of its own.  (For Monica =-))

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Dead Can Dance – Aion

25 04 2009

000949fcDead Can Dance – Aion
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 36:12 min | 1990 | 149 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Reflecting their deepening interest in early Renaissance music, "Aion" featured Gregorian chants and baroque elements, and was recorded using authentic ‘early music’ instruments, including hurdy gurdy and bagpipes. But the album was less a purist’s recreation of the past, than an exploration of the way music can transcend time.  The cover is a particular of Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, 1503-1504.  (For Monica =-))

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