Dead Can Dance – Anastasis

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Published on 11 March 2019 by

      Thom Jurek: In English, the Greek word “anastasis” is literally translated as “resurrection.” The definition is apt as the title to Dead Can Dance’s reunion offering, their first recording of new studio material since 1996’s Spiritchaser. Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry established a well-deserved global reputation for pushing boundaries in popular music. Coming from the fringes of the gothic music world on the iconic 4AD label, they brought a sense of near classical discipline (and pretension) into their sound. They incorporated cutting-edge production techniques and also folded in — mostly accurately — several international musical traditions; combined, they created a deeply atmospheric, lushly textured, dramatic brand of post-gothic pop. Self-produced and released by PIAS, Anastasis features eight songs, and clocks in at just under an hour. The trace elements will be very familiar to DCD fans. In fact, Anastasis can be called, for the most apart, an album of tropes; it is much more a tour through much of the band’s previous history than an exercise in delivering anything new. This is surprising given Gerrard’s vast soundtrack experience and Perry’s solo albums, various collaborative contributions, and film work. ….. The set’s finest moment of Dead Can Dance – Anastasis is “Return of the She-King,” whose drones, and the processional multi-tracked vocals by Gerrard, are matched by strings, deep tom-toms, swooping ethereal guitars, ouds, and numerous instruments. Perry joins in at the end, and their twin voices meet in a gauzy dexterity and contrast amid a swirl of neo-classical strings. While Anastasis doesn’t have any problems per se, it does feel all of a piece, and given the track lengths, they can seem to bleed together. With the exception of the surprising snare cadences on “Children of the Sun,” the rhythmic palettes are surprisingly uniform, making the album feel as if it is devoid of a clear center. Dead Can Dance – Anastasis will more than likely please longtime fans — and to be fair that is who it seems geared to — rather than win many new ones. ‘

 

Dead Can Dance – Anastasis Tracklist

  1. Children of the Sun – 00:00
  2. Anabasis – 07:36
  3. Agape – 14:29
  4. Amnesia – 21:24
  5. Kiko – 28:02
  6. Opium – 36:04
  7. Return of the She-King – 41:51
  8. All in Good Time – 49:44

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