Dead Can Dance – Dionysus

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/Label: PIAS Recordings
Released: 2018
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Lisa Gerrard
Brendan Perry

  1. “Act I – Sea Borne”
  2. “Act I – Liberator of Minds”
  3. “Act I – Dance of the Bacchantes”
  4. “Act II – The Mountain”
  5. “Act II – The Invocation”
  6. “Act II – The Forest”
  7. “Act II – Psychopomp”

The wait is over and the ninth album of Dead Can Dance is out. Dionysus was released on 2nd November 2018, through PIAS Recordings. Do I really have to introduce this band? If you are a fan of music, you must have heard the magicallity of the duo.

They formed in 1981, and since have produced the most disctintive music. Disbanded in 1988, Bendan Perry and Lisa Gerrad reformed in 2011, to the delight of our planet. Dionysus, based on the Greek mythology of Dionysus (god of wine), is as hypnotic as its predecessor, Anastasis.

Dead Can Dance’s latest album brings to the fore the rites and rituals that today continue to be informed by the Greek god, with the album’s seven movements, divided into two acts, representing different facets of the Dionysus myth and his cult. For the lifelong fans, this will be a delight, as it always is with anything Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard put their hands on.

The familiarity of the music will please most, the artistry will gather new fans, and the use of new instruments will re-spark the curiosity of the others. I can’t listen enough of this album. Dead Can Dance always have this close to perfection sound, an intensity, a purity that is again found in this release.

Dionysus is trance-like, a magical journey through ancient Greek ritualistic forces, perfect for a soul-searching musical experience. I found the album is best enjoyed in one sitting. There is nothing bad to say about it, and it is hard to describe how I felt as it is somehow not contained in this realm. I strongly advise you to take some time apart from the busy life we all live, light up the candles, open that bottle of wine you kept for a good occasion, and enjoy the journey.

This is not an album that can be talked about in details, the number of tracks doesn’t matter, this is to be experienced as a whole. So I can’t tell which track is catchy or which track is the best. This is Dead Can Dance, and as well as breaking the barriers of music, they break the barriers for reviews.

Just go listen to it and you’re welcome!

Review by Sabrina Selkis