- 02 Nov 18
Ambient music duo make impressive return.
Inspired by the spring and harvest festivals, whose origins stretch back to pagan days, Dionysus is a heady blend of eastern and western musical traditions. Its 36 minutes are spread over two 'Acts', wth the first encompassing three distinct tracks. There's the dramatic swell of upbeat opener 'Sea Borne', which leads into the wonderful swirling strings of 'Liberator Of Minds'. The suite is then concluded by the up-tempo 'Dance Of The Bacchantes', with Gerrard's energetic whoops to the fore.
Act II begins with 'The Mountain', which has the feel of an old Irish air, albeit aligned to an aboriginal drone. Elsewhere, 'Invocation' is a lively chant that gives way to the hypnotic sway of 'The Forest' and the trancelike 'Psychopomp'. As the football crowds used to sing, you're going home in a floating ambience.