Lisa Gerrard and Paul Cassidy – Immortal Memory – Album due soon
Released on the 26th January 2004, this could be one of the first essential albums of 2004.
Here’s the press release –
"Music is a place to go to take refuge," says Lisa Gerrard. "It's a sanctuary from mediocrity and boredom. It's innocent and it's a place you can lose yourself in thoughts and memories and intricacies."
It's a perfect description of Immortal Memory, the new album by Lisa and Irish composer Patrick Cassidy. Emotional, ethereal and evocative, it's music in which many will detect a deeply spiritual
quality, although that's not a term Lisa herself uses. "I'm not sure
I know what that means in music," she says. "But it's definitely
soulful. I don't analyse music. I respond to it on an emotional level and I hope that's what people will hear."
Recorded in Lisa's studio in Australia's Snowy Mountains, it's a collaboration that happened - like so many of the best things in her 20 year career both with Dead Can Dance and as a composer and solo artist - almost by accident.
"I had a cup of tea with Patrick while I was working on the music for Gladiator," she says. "And we just clicked. I lived in Ireland for a time and with my Irish background he had a gentleness that I was familiar with. He's also an extraordinary composer and harpist, of course. And we discovered a shared love of music and stories and poetry and of music as a way of telling a story."
They joked about working together but with Patrick based in Ireland and Lisa in Australia it didn't seem a very practical suggestion. Then they compared diaries and found they both had a two month window between other projects and so Patrick agreed to make the trip to Australia. The result is an album of extraordinary transcendence that defies glib categorisation. With Lisa singing in both ancient Gaelic and Aramaic - and sometimes without words at all - it's a timeless record that takes the listener on a memorable journey as the ten tracks trace a cycle of life and death and rebirth that touches on the mystery of existence itself.
You can find Lisa Gerrard’s site here.