In Power We Entrust The Love Adocated by Dead Can Dance

Hi all, and welcome to another Music Monday, an idea that originated at The Tattooed Book Geek – ‘just a nobody with a blog’ (

It’s time to goth it up again with some early Dead Can Dance, in the form of In Power We Entrusted The Love Advocated from The Garden of the Arcane Delights.

The best single word to describe IPwEtLA is ‘shimmering’. It’s almost like a mirage. The guitar work and keys/yangqin/i’mnotsure are a rippling wave over the sparse cymbal work, given only the lightest anchoring by the occasional rumble of the bass coming through.

All of this lies over Brendan Perry’s vocals in a way that make them distanced and dreamlike. I’ve never been sure exactly how deep to read the lyrics to this song but even the most basic reading – that of a man caught in a dystopian situation, unsure where to go with nothing to trust but love – fits with the sound perfectly. It’s like he’s coming to us live from some Blake-esque dream/hellscape.

It all adds up to a song I can listen to endlessly.

And bonus ball! Here’s a cover I love just as much as the original

I love how it stays very true to the spirit and shape of the original while making a key twist; if the original is all soft and shimmery, this brings a soaring power to the song. It is less tortured irresolution and more a fervent declaration for love. Which makes it different enough for me to listen to endlessly too.

That’s this Monday’s choice, let me know what you think.

2 thoughts on “In Power We Entrust The Love Adocated by Dead Can Dance

  1. Aaaaaaaa you included one of my absolute favourite groups of all time!!!!
    This is actually part of their first EP that I don’t think I’ve got here: I was looking at the song list in my album with that cover (original vinyl from 1984 hehe) and it doesn’t have that, so I went to their discography and found that out. It must be recorded on tape, still in my portuguese flat (I thought I’d brought everything).
    I’ve basically got all their discography in vinyl, tape or CD up to 95 I think, plus Lisa and Brandon’s solo albums.

    One of my biggest regrets was never seeing them live… Checking their website they’re playing in the US in October, maybe you’ll be able to see them hehe

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    1. I knew this choice would make at least one person happy! 😉

      They’re on the shortlist of bands I think I’d make a huge effort to see next time they’re near me, but I doubt I’ll be in the US at that point then. And no Garden is very sad. I think it might be my favourite of their releases.


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