Q (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

Mys­ti­cal world mu­sic pioneers turn to clas­si­cal myth. Now into their fourth decade and well into their sec­ond act hav­ing re­ac­ti­vated in 2012, Aus­tralian duo Dead Can Dance’s ob­ses­sion with ar­cane folk mu­sic re­mains as ar­dent as ever. Split into two acts and seven move­ments, and cen­tring on var­i­ous as­pects of the clas­si­cal Greek “out­sider God” Dionysus, this is a typ­i­cally heady ven­ture. Son­i­cally, it finds them weav­ing field record­ings into their tra­di­tion­ally or­nate and ethe­real sound­scapes. The first sec­tion – an in­tox­i­cat­ing in­vo­ca­tion of sea voy­ages and Bac­cha­na­lian rites – is richly in­stru­men­tal, the sec­ond an oth­er­worldy swirl of chants (The In­vo­ca­tion) and ec­static song (The For­est) that couldn’t have been made by any­one else but them. JAMES OLD­HAM The For­est | Psy­chopomp

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