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1. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
2. The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove
3. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
4. The Carnival Is Over
7. Towards The Within
8. Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home)
9. The Spider's Stratagem
11. How Fortunate The Man With None
Dead Can Dance
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Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard
Dead Can Dance is a band that comprises Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. Formed in Melbourne in 1981 and initially based in Australia, it disbanded temporarily in 1998 and has reunited for a world tour in 2005.
After being relatively unsuccessful in Australia, Gerrard and Perry moved to London, where after one year they signed up to alternative rock label 4AD, a legendary label on the alternative music scene, where it became one of the most important bands on the label. They continued to work closely together, until later in the 1990s when they started to grow apart. Gerrard returned to Australia, while Perry moved to Ireland, where he bought an old church, Quivy Church, where he lives and works. It is speculated that the distance between the members was an influence in their eventual break-up, although Perry himself said that distance helped in maintaining a certain individual freedom in creativity.
Assigning a musical genre to Dead Can Dance is difficult, as its style was particularly eclectic. However, its early work could be considered "gothic rock". In their later work, after The Serpent's Egg, Dead Can Dance would take as sources ancient or foreign music from around the world, with Gerrard singing glossolalia, giving it a very distinctive style (world music). As a result its later albums sound quite different from the first three. It has been considered to be ethereal goth or dark world music.
The name "Dead Can Dance" is often misleading. Although this group is quite popular among the goth sub-culture, the name simply means putting life back into something that is dead, or no longer in use. The instruments that are used are either ancient, forgotten or no longer desirable to most musicians. Another understanding of the name is the idea of giving a life to the inanimate, as Perry said:
"The album artwork [of their self titled first album], a ritual mask from New Guinea, attempted to provide a visual reintrepretation of the meaning of the name "Dead Can Dance." The mask, though once a living part of a tree is dead; nevertheless it has, through the artistry of its maker, been imbued with a life force of its own. To understand why we chose the name, think of the transformation of inanimacy to animacy.... Think of the processes concerning life from death and death into life. So many people missed the inherent symbolism, and assumed that we must be 'morbid gothic types,' a mistake we deplored and deplore..."