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Studio album by Dead Can Dance
Released 3 June 1996
Recorded unknown
Genre World beat, ethnic fusion
Length 51:57
Label 4AD
4AD/Warner Bros. Records
46230 (U.S.)
Producer Brendan Perry
Dead Can Dance chronology
Toward the Within
Dead Can Dance (1981-1998)

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.

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

The track "Indus" contains a melody that is very similar to the melody of "Within You Without You," a Beatles song that George Harrison composed with Indian musicians. 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 for it. [1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B+)link
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10) link

Track listing[edit]

  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 history[edit]

Country Date
Australia 3 June 1996
United States 25 June 1996


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