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SPIRITCHASER

Dead Can Dance

 

Prog Folk

3.14 | 64 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars "Spiritchaser" is the 7th full-length studio album by Australian/UK world music act Dead Can Dance. The album was released in June 1996.

The music on the album has moved even more towards ethnic world music than was the case on any of the predecessors. Middle eastern, Indian and African ethnic influences are dominant on the album while the group´s goth rock past is not that dominant on this album. Lisa Gerrard´s strong vocal performance is the focal point on the album while Brendan Perry´s contributions are a bit more subtle. It´s only in "Song of the Dispossessed" that he gets to show what he can really do. The rest of the vocal parts he delivers on "Spiritchaser" are much more ethnic tinged than usual. As was the case on "Into The Labyrinth (1993)" there is an extensive use of various percussion instruments on the album. The combination of organic ethnic instruments and synth used for creating atmosphere are a trademark in the group´s sound and that trademark is as present on "Spiritchaser" as on most other album by the group. One feature which is a bit different compared to other Dead Can Dance albums is that the tracks are a bit longer than usual. Both "Song of the Stars" (where Brendan Perry reads poetry in Jim Morrison style for the first couple of minutes) and "Indus" are each about 10 minutes long. The tracks are generally a bit more repetitive/hypnotic in nature and many of them use layer building for effect.

The production is wonderful. Warm organic and pleasant. "Spiritchaser" is overall another quality album release by Dead Can Dance and if you can appreciate the more dominant ethnic influences on the album this one might be right down your alley. Personally I find some of the tracks a bit too longdrawn for their own good and the I miss the gothic atmosphere of some of the earlier releases, but a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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