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World music duo Dead Can Dance eye reunion for 2012

on May 18, 2011, 12:10pm

There’s something wonderful that fills the air come summertime (and it has nothing to do with Uncle Rick slaving over hot dogs and burgers on the grill.)  No, there’s a youthful energy to these days, a sense of child-like abandonment that manifests itself as lackadaisical office workers and children clinging desperately to their fleeting days off.  Even bands feel the same kind of summer sickness, especially the one’s that are no longer together. With acts like Archers of Loaf and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah announcing some sort reunion or rehashing of the days of old, world music act Dead Can Dance are celebrating the increased daylight with plans to reunite for 2012 (via Exclaim!).

The group’s two mainstays, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, announced via the band’s MySpace page plans to record an as-yet-detail-less album and to tour afterward, writing, “Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard are set to commence work on a new album later this year. To coincide with the album’s release in 2012, Dead Can Dance will embark upon an extensive two month world tour including dates in Asia, Australasia and South America.” In a posting on his official forum, Perry wrote the album would be recorded this winter, with a release date potentially in summer 2012 before hitting the road. Perry first mentioned the possible reunion back in March 2010, hinting that he and Perry would enlist a 10-15 person chamber orchestra to record and tour.

Formed in1982 in Melbourne, AU, the group utilized a mix of influences from Gaelic folk to African polyrhythms. Despite fame and notoriety the world over, the duo, who have had band members in the past but primarily worked as a pair for later efforts, didn’t have much influence Stateside until their sixth album, 1993’s Into the Labyrinth, was released in the U.S. After separating in 1998, the group reunited back in 2005 in order to tour and release several live recordings and compilations.