One of the most enigmatic acts on the already mysterious 4AD label, Dead Can Dance‘s blend of global musical styles and dark tones made the duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard one of the most unique bands in music during their original eighteen-year run from 1981 to 1998, but personal and artistic differences drove the pair to pursue other musical directions. Despite reforming for a brief tour in 2005, Perry and Gerrard didn’t feel any creative spark between themselves and opted to split once more. They kept in touch though, and in time, they felt that the time was right for a new Dead Can Dance album. The album, entitled Anastasis (out today via PIAS), is the duo’s first colloborative output since 1996’s Spiritchaser. Work on Anastasis started last fall and was recorded earlier this year in Perry’s studio in Ireland. Anastasis, the Greek word for “resurrection”, is an appropriate title for both the album and this new chapter in the history of Dead Can Dance. Aside from the new life in the musical relationship of Gerrard and Perry, the release of the album fills a musical void that was created when the duo ended their partnership in 1998. In the years since, there hasn’t been a group with a singer as ethereally powerful as Lisa Gerrard or a composer with the global scale and ambition of Brendan Perry. Unlike many dissolved bands who spawn a number of imitators seeking to benefit from their legacy, as the years after Perry and Gerrard’s breakup passed, the reputation of their partnership only grew in stature because, simply put, there weren’t any imitators. 28 years after the release of their debut, there hasn’t been an artist that even comes close to capturing the singular vision of Dead Can Dance, which makes their reunion all the more special.
Dead Can Dance plays Marymoor Park tonight, August 10th, at 7 p.m. You can order Anastasis over at the Dead Can Dance website and listen to a radio edit of the album track “Amnesia” below: