|Dead Can Dance: Lisa Gerrard, left, and Brendan Perry on Aug. 14, 2012.|
Opening with the first song on Anastasis, "Children of the Sun," Perry's mighty baritone rose above the haunting rhythm in what would be the first of many potent versions of new songs. With Anastasis being DCD's first new full-length studio album in more than 15 years, it was great to see that the duo's artistic powers remain flawless. Other highlights from the new disc included the hypnotic "Amnesia" and "All In Good Time," the latter featuring Perry' rich voice in a spectacular if somewhat melancholy tone.
Lovers of classic Dead Can Dance marveled at the brilliant version of "The Host of Seraphim," which is truly as powerful as any music recorded in the 20th century. Gerrard's voice filled the concert hall with the affecting song further adorned by Perry's low notes.
Later on the Renaissance-flavored "Dreams Made Flesh," Perry stood and intensely played a hammered dulcimer while Gerrard - standing to his left - sang using the full range of her emotive soprano. At times her voice used spoken word-like diction, while at other times it soared in wondrous flight.
|Gerrard's otherworldly vocals impressed throughout the show.|
Setlist: Dead Can Dance at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012
Main set: Children of the Sun / Anabasis / Rakim / Kiko / Lamma Bada / Agape / Amnesia / Sanvean / Nierika / Opium / The Host of Seraphim / Ime Prezakias / Now We Are Free / All In Good Time
Encore: The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove / Dreams Made Flesh
Encore 2: Song to the Siren (Tim Buckley cover) / Return of the She-King
Encore 3: Rising of the Moon