Into The Labyrinth
The 1993 release saw the leaders of Dead Can Dance, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. embark on more individual personal paths. While Into the Labyrinth, their first U.S. release of all-new material, was considered a commercial breakthrough, it is also their most divided. They both wrote songs independent of one another - on separate continents.
Up to that point, the band's releases had been hot commodities in U.S. import bins and their only available American release, the compilation A Passage in Time, had sold well over 100,000 copies. Dead Can Dance made a splash on commercial alternative radio with 'The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove', the first single from Into the Labyrinth. Raga drones, a strange clattering beat, a haunting wind instrument, orchestral shading, and Perry's ever-grand voice make it one of the more unlikely things to be heard on the airwaves in a while. As the album slowly unwinds over an hour's length, the two again create a series of often astounding numbers that sound like they should be millennia old, mixing and matching styles to create new fusions.
1. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
2. The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
3. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
4. The Carnival Is Over
7. Towards The Within
8. Bird - SACD bonus track
9. Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home)
10. The Spider’s Strategem
11. Spirit - SACD bonus track
13. How Fortunate The Man With None