Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Dead Can Dance, during the course of their now-defunct career, purveyed a style of music that was like no other, defying preconceived categories and breaking down whatever generic boundaries there might be. Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry proffered an ethnic-fusion approach that took in diverse elements like Goth-rock, medieval cantatas, Middle Eastern cadences, tribal inflections and Eastern European folk, making for a musical brew that is at once intoxicating, challenging, refined and cerebral. Check out the promo for the mystical "Yulunga", a trance-inducing exploration of cross-continental tonalities, that makes plentiful and intelligent use of understated strings, tribal percussion work and bizarre found-sound samples.


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