The unique and exotic sounds of Dead Can Dance, fusing medieval music with gothic undertones and ambient textures are detectable in the shimmering new track ‘Deshta (Forever)’ from Dead Can Dance members Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell. This follows the release earlier this year of the single ‘Noyalain (Burn)’ reviewed here.
With Indian and Middle East tonal scales and a vibrant, layered sonic architecture, this is another mysterious and intriguing track filled with exoticism and an ethereal air rich in tone and texture. The accompanying video is visceral and haunting – a cinematic masterpiece that is mysterious and slightly unnerving yet breathtakingly beautiful:
Current Dead Can Dance members Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell have teamed up with James Chapman (MAPS) to create ‘Burn’. This was the result of Gerrard meeting Irish theatre composer Jules Maxwell several years ago on the 2012 Dead Can Dance tour before working together on the album. ‘Burn’ is set for release on 7 May 2021 via Atlantic Curve.
‘Burn’ can be preordered here.
Feature Photograph: Robbie Perry