Listening to Dead Can Dance is a transcendental experience. Enriched with dedications to the living Gaia, their creations subsist in natural and other worldly realms. Initially crafting songs which augmented their Australian roots with Gothic and Renaissance traditions, the group have since grown to encompass a hybrid of global sounds. On Spiritchaser
the enchanted souls of founding members Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard shine in this, their most ethereal LP to date. Whereas earlier endeavors succumbed to genres grounded in eras of the past and non-Western present, it's immediately apparent that this album has loftier aspirations. Hypnotically threaded with traditional and electronic instruments, the exorcism of each song touches upon the universal essence beyond. While Gerrard's heavenly vocals are used primarily for instrumental effect, Perry's fertile lyricism both compliments her efforts and expresses the spiritual associations related to the album's title and meaning. Intrinsically delivered with shamanistic connectivity, the sensations ritualize the modern mortal. --Lucas Hilbert
SACD/Hybrid Stereo Remastered CD of the1996 Spiritchaser album by Dead Can Dance, a band comprising of Lisa Gerrard on contralto and Brendan Perry on baritone, which formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1981 and initially based there. The duo disbanded in 1998 but reunited temporarily for a world tour in 2005. Spiritchaser was the last studio album of Dead Can Dance before Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard went their separate ways. It expands on their exploration of world music and like Into the Labyrinth, Spiritchaser was recorded at Quivvy Church, Perry's personal studio in Ireland. 6 tracks.