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.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.