Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth

Dead can Dance formed in 1981, in Melbourne after Lisa Gerard
and Brendan Perry met along with Simon Monroe and Paul Erikson
who both left soon after the band relocated to London.
Brendan was in the Melbourne punk band the Marching Girls
previous to this, they have a track on the Dogs in Space
soundtrack which I posted earlier called True Love
and its a fantastic song.
In London the duo signed to the legendary 4AD label and
between 1984 and 1996 released 8 albums.
In 2005 they reformed for a European tour of which
13 shows were recorded.
Into the Labyrinth, their 6th Studio album released in 1993,
was Dead Can Dance's biggest success, selling over 800,000
copies at last count. Some of the songs on Into The Labyrinth
are without words, perhaps some are beyond them.
Some are deceptively straight forward, heaving pop ballads
and some are disconcertingly unpinned instrumentals.
Some brook no explanation, while some allow a little.
Brendan Perry has an incredible voice, so deep and
melancholy, Ian Curtis is one of the few voices I've
heard like it. Lisa Gerard however is one of the most
exceptional voices ever recorded and the music is sublime.
This is a classic album haunting, beautiful and unique.

Track List
01 Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
02 The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
03 The Wind That Shakes The Barley
04 The Carnival Is Over
05 Ariadne
06 Saldek
07 Towards The Within
08 Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home)
09 The Spider's Stratagem
10 Emmeleia
11 How Fortunate The Man With None

Download Here

Dead Can Dance - The Wind That Shakes The Barley


mialee said...

Going by the variation of your posts, I'm sure your up for something different and here's your opportunity. Lisa has just completed a recording with Klaus Schulze which contrasts his electronic ambience with her beautiful voice. You can preview the commercial release on numerous blogs but of significance is a live recording from "Night of the Prog Festival III' held recently in Loreley. It's on dimeadozen at the moment and it would have been a fantastic experience to have witnessed as I hold both of these artist in such high regard.

bob nebe said...

Thanks mialee love Klaus Schulze's work and with Lisa Gerard it sounds like a brilliant combination,
I'll go to dime now
ciao bob

Roger said...

Bob, have you seen Sanctuary? It's a great doc on Gerrard made last year screened on ABC1. I have a spare DVD of it I can send you if you'd like. I love the first 5 DCD albums. Never heard the later ones. Thanks for the post.

bob nebe said...

Roger you make me an offer I can't refuse, I have heard of Sanctuary but I haven't seen it and I would love to.
Email me if you can send it to me, that would be so good.
My email address is
and I'll see what later stuff of DCD
I can post.
ciao bob

Anonymous said...

Wow. Never heard any before, but this is impressive

bob nebe said...

I only discovered DCD about 4 years ago via the internet and my reaction was much the same.theres been a few bands/artists like that in the last few years
ciao bob

Anonymous said...


I am looking for someone that knows dead can dance and Lisa Gerard. There was a song co produced by one of them .... it was a Hungarian Folk song where the women cry for the death of their men, at the hands of the turks.

Has anybody seen heard it?

Rob Carter

bob nebe said...

Sorry robin I don't know,
anyone else?
ciao bob