Where This Meets That
“Tuesday Tunage” is a weekly spotlight for music I deem worthy of a spotlight. To make it worth all of our time, I’ll do my best to emphasize tunes you probably haven’t heard before that represent the art in all its glorious varieties.
For much of the 1980’s and 90’s, Dead Can Dance crafted some of the most transcendent music around. Formed by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, the band married diverse musical elements like Gregorian chant and Gaelic folk to African and Middle Eastern polyrhythms to create a wellspring of hauntingly beautiful, mystical soundscapes.
Their 1991 compilation A Passage in Time served to officially introduce the band to the U.S. market, offering songs from their first four albums that were not previously distributed here, and that’s a pretty great album to start with and stick with.
This week, I spotlight “The Host of Seraphim,” the opening track from their fourth album, The Serpent’s Egg (track 8 on A Passage in Time).
While the song includes no official lyrics or translations (and hence, “meaning“), the vocals pierce deep, offering profound meaning to any listener willing to be swept away. The note Gerrard strikes and holds at 3:51 is particularly powerful to me, always representing a sort of portal that carries me to a deeper part of my soul, for a time.
And on that note, for those celebrating Lent out there, you might very well find this song a welcome companion piece on your current Lenten journey. I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
If you enjoyed this, be sure to also check out Tuesday Tunage – Peter Gabriel’s “Passion”!