The Ambient Beauty of Lisa Gerrard

Lisa Gerrard

Silver Tree (High Wire Music, 2006)

Lisa Gerrard was the breathtaking female voice behind Dead Can Dance. She is back after a few years of recording silence with an ambient CD titled The Silver Tree.

Gerrard sings and plays most of the instruments on the CD. Her solo style and very ethereal, combining minimal percussion at times, exquisite layers of gliding keyboards and her majestic vocals treated with reverb effects. Her singing style is influenced by Turkish Sufism, Gregorian chant and Persian mysticism.

The use of electronic drones and orchestrations is superb. One can only wonder what Lisa Gerrard would sound like if she collaborated with ambient music master Steve Roach.

The last piece on the CD is very percussive, suggesting echoes of Dead Can Dance.

Buy Silver Tree.