Frontier written and produced by Lisa Gerrard & Brendan Perry. Recorded on
4 track in Belgrave, Melbourne, 1979. Engineered by Ron Stecher; Mixed at Blackwing,
London, Nov '86; Egineered by Jonathan Dee. The Protagonist written and performed
by Brendan Perry. Produced by Brendan Perry & John A. Rivers; Engineered
by John A. Rivers; Recorded and mixed at Woodbine Studios, Leamington Spa.
Produced by L. Gerrard/B. Perry Recorded on 4 track in Belgrave, Melbourne,
1979, Engineered by Ron Stecher, Mixed at Blackwing, London, Nov '86, Egineered
Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, the two main protagonists,
live high up in a high rise. God only knows whether it's getting them closer
to heaven...their music tries. It ignores fashion, reaches out for historical
touchstones (the choral, the classical, the symphonic), searches for some nebulous,
non-aligned spirituality. Add to the fact that some of their work would hardly
be misplaced accompanying a mysterious, undefined cinematic quest like Antonioni's
The Passenger, and Dead Can Dance begin to seem almost ridiculously ambitious.
But they prefer to impose stringent austerity measures on their art rather
than succumb to grand conceit. They pursue the big questions with a discipline
thought and attention to detail in composition, and the result is usualy something
statuesque and solid enough to withstand the ravages of time. This is a music
built to last.
`Frontier' (on this record in its original demo form) was recorded in one take
because the essential juices were leaking so fast from the water-filled oil
drume Perry was battering. Somehow, such necessary spontineity gave way to
a year to conceive and record their second album 'Spleen and Ideal'. That the
visceral effcts of their music have remained the same is either a testament
to immense luck, or great ability. No-one should have much trouble deciding
Written and Performed: Brendan Perry,Produced: Brendan Perry/John A. Rivers,
Engineered: John A. Rivers, Recorded and Mixed: Woodbine Studios, Leamington
All tracks written or recorded specifically for this "Lonely is an Eyesore" compilation
and its accompanying video, except Dead Can Dance's "Frontier", which
is the original 4 track recording. Sleeves and booklets designed by 23 Envelope.
Stills are from the "Lonely is an Eyesore " video, directed by Nigel
Grierson of 23 Envelope, except Throwing Muses' "Fish", which was
directed by Danger Video. Commentaries by Arthur Parker. Typeset at Zeta, London.
at Botany Lithographic, Tonbridge, Kent.