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Spiritchaser is the seventh studio album by Dead Can Dance, and the last before Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard went their separate ways. It expands on its exploration of world music, and like Into the Labyrinth, was recorded at Quivvy Church, Perry's personal studio in Ireland.

Deadcandance spiritchaser cover.jpg
Studio album by Dead Can Dance
Released 3 June 1996
Recorded Quivvy Church, Ireland
Genre World beat
Neoclassical dark wave
Length 51:57
Label 4AD
4AD/Warner Bros. Records
46230 (US)
Producer Brendan Perry
Dead Can Dance chronology
Toward the Within
(1994)Toward the Within1994
Dead Can Dance
(2001)Dead Can Dance2001

The album was dedicated to Lisa Gerrard's deceased brother, Mark Gerrard.

The track "Indus" contains a melody that is very similar to that of "Within You Without You", a Beatles song that George Harrison wrote and recorded with Indian musicians in 1967. Although not deliberate, Perry and Gerrard were asked to contact Harrison for his permission to use it; he granted it, but the record company insisted that they give him partial songwriting credit on "Indus".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Pitchfork 8.4/10[4]


Track listingEdit

  1. "Nierika" – 5:44
  2. "Song of the Stars" – 10:13
  3. "Indus" – 9:23
  4. "Song of the Dispossessed" – 4:55
  5. "Dedicacé Outò" – 1:14
  6. "The Snake and the Moon" – 6:11
  7. "Song of the Nile" – 8:00
  8. "Devorzhum" – 6:13

Release historyEdit

Country Date
Australia 3 June 1996
United States 25 June 1996


Personnel adapted from Spiritchaser liner notes.[5]

Dead Can Dance
  • Lisa Gerrard – vocals, instrumentation, production
  • Brendan Perry – vocals, instrumentation, production
Additional personnel
  • Robert Perry – percussion (tracks 1 and 5)
  • Lance Hogan – percussion (tracks 1 and 5)
  • Peter Ulrich – percussion (tracks 1 and 5)
  • Rónán Ó Snodaigh – percussion (tracks 1 and 5)
  • Renaud Pion – Turkish clarinet (track 3)
  • Klaus Vormehr – engineering (tracks 1 and 5)


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