Taken from the critically-hailed album DIONYSUS, the video for “The Invocation” by DEAD CAN DANCE was directed by the Bulgarian company Wonderswamp, who state:
“When we were contacted by Dead Can Dance we were very excited, as we had been fans of the
band for many years and this was a great opportunity to create something for an act we admire. When we heard ‘The Invocation’ the excitement grew as the song features motifs inspired by Bulgarian folklore music, and to see that our music and traditions can inspire them motivated us further. It was also an opportunity to create a narrative for a video based on ancient traditions that used to be practiced in our country and are still somehow preserved to the present day. The match between these peculiar rituals and the band’s music could not be better.”
Released in November 2018, Dionysus is the duo’s first album in six years and consists of two acts across seven movements that represent the different facets of the Dionysus myth. Recorded with an array of folk instrumentation and field recordings, the recording takes the form of an oratorio with the voices used imagined as communities celebrating – in communion with each other at times via call and response, chanting, and often conveying emotion beyond the boundaries of language itself. With its musical inspiration still drawn from across the world, this new album shows that Dead Can Dance continue to mine a rich creative and spiritual seam.
Dead Can Dance will embark on an extensive European tour throughout May and June 2019, celebrating their life and works from 1980 to the present day.
Confirmed dates are: