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Deadcandance spiritchaser cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 June 1996
RecordedQuivvy Church, Ireland
GenreWorldbeat, neoclassical dark wave
4AD/Warner Bros. Records
46230 (US)
ProducerBrendan Perry
Dead Can Dance chronology
Toward the Within
Dead Can Dance

Spiritchaser is the seventh studio album by Dead Can Dance, and would prove to be the last before the duo reunited fourteen years later for Anastasis. 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 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
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]

Track listing[edit]

2."Song of the Stars"10:13
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

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Australia 3 June 1996
United States 25 June 1996


Personnel adapted from Spiritchaser liner notes.

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)


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States 205,000[5]


  1. ^ "Global Spirits: Dead Can Dance make world music mystical". Archived from the original on 23 September 2006.
  2. ^ link
  3. ^ "Dead Can Dance – Spiritchaser (album review ) – Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic.
  4. ^ "Dead Can Dance: Spiritchaser: Pitchfork Record Review". 29 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "World's greatest". Billboard. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2018.

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