Australian duo Dead Can Dance have shared a new recording, “The Mountain”, from their forthcoming album Dionysus due out November 2nd through PIAS Recordings. Dionysus will be laid out into two acts with, “The Mountain”, being the first movement in the second act.
Dionysus is a follow-up to 2012’s Anastasis containing seven movements representing the various facets of the legend – conveyed via an array of folk instrumentation, field recordings and chants. Its inspiration drawn from across the world, Dead Can Dance continue to harvest an intriguing trajectory both in spiritual and creative terms.
In Act II, “The Mountain”, Brendan Perry explains:
“Listeners will find themselves visiting Mount Nysa. This mountain was Dionysus’ place of birth, where he was raised by the centaur Chiron, from whom he learned chants and dances together with Bacchic rites and initiations”.
Lisa Gerrard conveys the feminine aspect of Dionysus’s dual nature through song in both solo and mantric choral forms and ultimately to play the role of Psychopomp, signifying Dionysus’s role as an agrarian deity returning to winter’s underworld to re-assume the role of guide to dead souls.
Dead Can Dance are set to tour in Spring of 2019. See tour dates below.
DIONYSUS: ACTS & MOVEMENTS
ACT I :
Liberator of Minds
Dance of the Bacchantes
May 02: Le Liberte, Rennes, France
May 04 / 05: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
May 07 / 08: Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
May 10 / 11: Grand Rex, Paris, France
May 13 / 14: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 16 / 17: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
May 20 / 21: Barts, Barcelona, Spain
May 23 / 24: Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
May 26 / 27: Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
June 16: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
June 18 / 19: Ruhrcongress, Bochum, Germany
June 21 / 22: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland
June 24: Kongresove Centrum Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
June 26: Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary
June 28: Sava Centar, Belgrade, Serbia
June 30: Roman Theatre Of Philippopolis, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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