"Utopia" Brendan Perry
Song of the Day Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Brendan Perry, “Utopia”
Though Lisa Gerrard became the breakout solo star of Dead Can Dance, Brendan Perry was equally responsible for the absinthe-soaked sound of that seminal band. With this return to solo recording, Perry retains the seriousness of his old group while going for something akin to Gothic synth-pop. "Utopia" actually sounds more stereotypically ‘80s than Dead Can Dance ever did, which is somewhat ironic because Perry was an early convert to the acoustic singer-songwriter material that has become the core of the indie folk scene. "Utopia" makes plain that no matter what decade it is, black-clad listeners of all ages still require sonic glumness and medieval fog. -- Nick Dedina
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