DEAD CAN DANCE: the new album DIONYSUS is out today

photo: PIAS
photo: PIAS
Formed in Melbourne in 1981 by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, the style of Dead Can Dance
over eight previous studio albums can be described as compelling soundscapes of mesmerising
grandeur and solemn beauty that has incorporated African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian
chant, Middle Eastern mantras and art rock.

 
‘Dionysus’ is the duo’s first album in six years and consists of two acts across seven movements
that represent the different facets of the Dionysus myth. ‘The Mountain’ is the first movement of the
album’s second act, where, explains Perry, “listeners will find themselves visiting Mount Nysa.
This mountain was Dionysus’ place of birth, where he was raised by the centaur Chiron, from
whom he learned chants and dances together with Bacchic rites and initiations.”

photo:PIAS

The video for ‘The Mountain’ is directed by Lukasz Pytlik, who says about the making of the clip:
”Robert E. Howard – creator of Conan – said that he never felt he was creating his tales but rather
chronicling them as if the ghosts whispered them into his ear. In a way I felt the same when we
started working on ‘The Mountain’. The roots of the video are deep inside the mythology and nature
but I never wanted to simply retell the myth of Dionysus or tell a story that goes straight from A to Z,
with no mystery in between. I’d like to think that we are giving the viewer fragments of an old clay
tablet – some pieces are missing, some are gone forever and some of them you need to create by
yourself to fill in the blanks. For me, the most fascinating thing about Dead Can Dance music was
always the mystery, plus the fact that the same song could have taken me to a totally different
place with each listen. I would like viewers to feel the same way about ‘The Mountain’ – take your
time to explore and make it your own.”
 
Recorded with an array of folk instrumentation and field recordings, ‘Dionysus’ takes the form of an
oratorio with the voices used imagined as communities celebrating – in communion with each
other at times via call and response, chanting, and often conveying emotion beyond the boundaries
of language itself. With its musical inspiration still drawn from across the world, this new album
shows that Dead Can Dance continue to mine a rich creative and spiritual seam.
 
DIONYSUS
ACT I : Sea Borne – Liberator of Minds – Dance of the Bacchantes
ACT II : The Mountain – The Invocation – The Forest – Psychopomp
 
Dead Can Dance will embark on an extensive European tour throughout May and June 2019,
celebrating their life and works from 1980 to the present day. Confirmed dates are:
 
May 02: Le Liberte, Rennes, France
May 04 / 05: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
May 07 / 08: Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
May 10 / 11: Grand Rex, Paris, France
May 13 / 14: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 16 / 17: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
May 20 / 21: Barts, Barcelona, Spain
May 23 / 24: Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
May 26 / 27: Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
June 16: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
June 18 / 19: Ruhrcongress, Bochum, Germany
June 21 / 22: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland
June 24: Kongresove Centrum Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
June 26: Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary
June 28: Sava Centar, Belgrade, Serbia
June 30: Roman Theatre Of Philippopolis, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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