‘they lead nowhere’: Recommended Release 08.12

August has been one of the most disappointing months of new music in recent memory.  I literally had a hard time finding even one album I could recommend in good conscience.  Sure, there was that comeback Redd Kross album, that 2 hour opus from Swans, that Ash Borer album, and that debut from Jessie Ware, but none of them really stood out as anything extraordinary.  I know we still have a big release day on the 28th, and I do hope Krallice, Wild Nothing and Dan Deacon save the month, but I am going on vacation tomorrow morning and this will be my last post of the month.  So here it is, my sole recommendation for August 2012…

Dead Can Dance – Anastasis
(PIAS Recordings, 2012)

There was a time when the 4AD catalog read much different than it does today.  The sounds of Grimes, Purity Ring and Twin Shadow might celebrate the 80’s, but they are on a much different plane than bands like Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil and Dead Can Dance.  I was a little young to appreciate these gothic beginnings, but tracing the timeline back from bands like the Pixies and The Breeders made me appreciate the darker arts.  Dead Can Dance provided many a late night soundtrack in my formative years, so I was extremely excited when I heard Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry were going to release new material together.  Anastasis immediately disappointed.  At first I couldn’t put my finger on why.  Had they changed?  Or had I?  After many listens I realized I just don’t care for Perry’s voice anymore.  Once I got past that, I learned to love everything else about this album.  It is the next logical step for this project — a melding of cultures, technologies and song craft that can only be Dead Can Dance.  Here’s to hoping it leads to even more material in the future.

Dead Can Dance – Return Of The She-King

Rewind: (pre-August albums on heavy rotation)
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Faithful Man (Truth & Soul, 2012)
Lorn – Ask The Dust (Ninja Tune, 2012)
Meursault – Something for the Weakened (Song, By Toad, 2012)
Michael Dean Damron – Nah Mr. Death…Ima Comin’ for You (self-released, 2012)
Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth (Nuclear Blast, 2012)

RR 08.12