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Though the album cover features a picture of a ritual mask from Papa New Guinea, and the album contains Gerrard’s playing of the yangqin (a Chinese hammered dulcimer), the band’s core sound stuck to the traditional setup of bass, guitar, drums, and vocals within songs of three to four minutes in length.  Bringing into cellos, trombones, and violins, Spleen and Ideal (1985) documents the band moving into more of a neoclassical and exploratory sound. It's at this time when Gerrard would break from English, or any other known language, and instead sing in indecipherable sounds of emotion like an ancient oracle. While references to Baudelaire and a painting by Carlos Schwabe continue to make clear that Dead Can Dance does not worry about being instantly accessible.

Later the adding trumpet, tuba, and oboe, Dead Can Dance moved further into classical with 1987’s Within the Realm of a Dying Sun. While after the compilation of 1991’s A Passage in Time, they ditched the session musicians while adding bongos, sitars, and tabla, and delved further into ethnic music via 18th-century traditional Irish ballads and expressions of Australian spirit dances with Into the Labyrinth (1993).

So the band has used a wide range of instruments to accompany their vocals. While the actual vocals have changed from recognisable languages to emotive sound. Wikipedia informs us that the band is still active (1981–1998, 2005, 2011–present). Which means there's still plenty of creativity to be enjoyed for some time. 🧬


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2 hours ago, Nivram said:

Wow! now this is my kind of groove. I love it! Reminds me of early X-Marks The Pedwalk, im not comparing but certainly belongs in that family of great music.

Thank you, My dude 🤘

I listened to "Firestorm" time ago thanks to Communion After Dark, a cool podcast dedicated to broadcast industrial music. Thanks for remind me of X markS the pedwalk . Any recommended song from them?

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