Daily Dose: ‘The Carnival Is Over’ by Dead Can Dance

One more old song, then it’s time for some modern stuff. Hopefully some less melancholy stuff as well, been on a bit of a misery tear lately. Dead Can Dance are a pair of Australians, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, who specialise in soundscapes, world music and just generally being a bit solemn. This is a track from Into the Labyrinth (1993) which was the sixth album they recorded, and it’s certainly big on the whole art-wave feel. It’s supposedly about Perry’s time in Eat London, visiting the circus, but I’ve not known any circus involve this much subtlety for a long time. To be honest, this track doesn’t really grab me, and I’m not sure whether that’s because of my lack of interest in the subject matter or not really taking to his voice, but I feel like I might like other songs by them more, or if I was in a different mood. It’s a fairly slow, drifting number, designed to imitate traditional instrumental fare and evoke a fantastical scene. It’s not bad or unpleasant, but it doesn’t do enough to shake its arty pretence and evolve into something actually beautiful for my ear. Perhaps I would enjoy some of their more choral or goth stuff more. If you’re a fan of intricate soundscapes and concept pieces, then this will be for you.

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