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Garden of the Arcane Delights

Garden of the Arcane Delights is the first and only EP by Australian band Dead Can Dance. It was released in August 1984 on record label 4AD. The tracks were later added to Dead Can Dance's self-titled debut album when it was re-released on CD.

Garden of the Arcane Delights
Garden of the Arcane Delights (Dead Can Dance EP) cover art.jpg
EP by Dead Can Dance
Released August 1984
Genre Darkwave, gothic rock, ethereal wave
Length 14:59
Label 4AD
Producer Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry
Dead Can Dance chronology
Dead Can Dance
(1984)Dead Can Dance1984
Garden of the Arcane Delights
Spleen and Ideal
(1985)Spleen and Ideal1985



The cover art is a sketch done by Brendan Perry and represents the themes of the song "The Arcane". As Perry explains:

The naked blindfolded figure, representing primal man deprived of perception, stands, within the confines of a garden (the world) containing a fountain and trees laden with fruit. His right arm stretches out – the grasping for knowledge – towards a fruit bearing tree, its trunk encircled by a snake. In the garden wall – the wall between freedom and confinement – are two gateways: the dualistic notion of choice. It is a Blakean universe in which mankind can only redeem itself, can only rid itself of blindness, through the correct interpretation of signs and events that permeate the fabric of nature's laws.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [2]

AllMusic retrospectively described the EP as "the clear transition between the group's competent but derivative goth start and something much, much more special."[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Dead Can Dance (Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry).

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Carnival of Light" 3:31
2. "In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated" 4:11
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "The Arcane" 3:49
2. "Flowers of the Sea" 3:28


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