Anastasis, the first studio album in 16 years from Australian duo Dead Can Dance, harnesses the brooding, multi-culti sonic perfectionism you would expect from Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, with loads of glowing bagpipes and Chinese hammer dulcimer and operatic chants and ominous synths.
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.
Pias America. B008I34Z3Y. 2LP. Gatefold Cover. Mint. Factory Sealed.