Formed in Australia in the early-80s by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, Dead Can Dance had veered away from the punk explosion towards a more non-conformist style. But finding the music scene unreceptive they moved to London, landed a record deal with 4AD and embarked on a career with the label that would last 17 years. Highly respected artists with a loyal global fanbase, Gerrard and Perry consistently made music full of integrity and passion. Both immensely talented vocalists - Gerrard with her inimitable, mesmeric style and Perry's haunting baritone - they were also gifted, instinctive musicians and their melding of traditional instruments with samplers created a bridge between ancient and modern music.
4AD are finally reissuing all the albums the band released on the label on vinyl. With three recently back in print (Dead Can Dance, Spleen And Ideal, and Into The Labyrinth), the next three will be Garden Of The Arcane Delights (which is being pressed as a double LP to also include both the band's John Peel Sessions), Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun and Toward The Within, all coming out in November 2016.
Released in October 1994 and out of print on vinyl ever since, Toward The Within was an audio and video document of the 1993 sell-out Dead Can Dance World tour. Recorded at the Mayfair Theater in Santa Monica, California, it marked one of the final performances at the historic theatre as it later suffered major structural damage in an earthquake in 1994. Despite being a live recording, Toward The Within includes 12 previously unrecorded tracks as well as material from their six previous studio albums.