Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Summoning of the Muse - A Tribute to Dead Can Dance
(Projekt 173, 2005, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2006-05-01

Summoning of the Muse - A Tribute to Dead Can Dance Cover art

Dead Can Dance have had a profound impact upon musicians around the world, with a fame that has grown steadily since Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard issued their first album in 1984. Newly reactivated and with a 2005 world tour in the books, their status among fans of ethno-folk, ambient, and darkwave music has only solidified. The Projekt label already distributes a 2-CD tribute collection (the import The Lotus Eaters), and I can only guess at the decision behind going forth with their own tribute. This set, while lacking the breadth of The Lotus Eaters, has a more consistently high caliber of offerings. Most of the songs are renditions, rather than interpretations, and honor the originals by staying within the original DCD methodology of pairing exotic instruments and vocal performances with western rhythms and electronic textures, the best examples being “Cantara” (Rajna) and “Ulysses” (Athan Maroulis with Surface 10). The few attempts to depart from the script are uniformly successful, including a female take on Perry’s vocal on “In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated” (Chandeen) plus the modern widescreen treatment given to “Cantara” (Stoa). I could have done without the overdose of echoing reverb blanketing everything (on one piece it transforms a single bass drum rhythm into a suffocating detonation) though I suppose that’s part of the atmospherics that make these pieces so compelling. Fans and the uninitiated alike will probably enjoy what these artists have to offer, and hopefully it will spur interest in the original article.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Autumn's Grey Solace, Chandeen, Dark Sanctuary, Mirabilis, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Various Artists, Dead Can Dance

Latest news

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Echolyn - As the World – Echolyn seems to be intent on making a career walking the line between commercially acceptable album-oriented rock and something a bit more challenging. First off, As the World is much more vocally...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues