“Anastasis” is Dead Can Dance’s first new album together in 16 years. It finds Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard in fine form, seamlessly incorporing sounds from around the world. Despite the long layoff, “Anastasis” is a logical and satisfying progression from the band’s mid-90s albums. Dead Can Dance is firmly in their comfort zone, at a time when neither Gerrard nor Perry should feel they have anything left to prove.
There are no other bands that sound quite like Dead Can Dance, whose organic mixture of international influences – Celtic to Middle Eastern to African to medieval Europe, and from gothic rock to heady neoclassical – make for a sonic template of world music so unique that it is otherworldly.
On the cover of “Anastasis“, a field of sunflowers, ripened, and then blackened, by the sun, standing with sad, slightly crowned heads. Less dead than dormant, the heads and stems will one day be chopped, but then via the roots, will return. Anastasis is the Greek word for ”resurrection” and the seemingly dead will dance again.