:Music News: Brendan Perry’s Ark North American Release and Tour
Brendan Perry, one half of Dead Can Dance, has signed a three album deal with The End Records.Â Perryâ€™s first album in eleven year, â€œArkâ€, which had been released last year in Europe, will be released in North American on May 24, 2011.
Recorded in his studio in Ireland, Ark is a solo album in the truest sense, with Brendan playing every instrument, writing all the lyrics and being the sole creative force across the eight tracks. Most of the instrumentation on Ark is derived from samples and synthesisers, and is predicated on a theory of creating ambient, almost soundtrack based accompaniment to the lyricism of the songs. In its range of influences, the album also encompasses music from all four corners of the globe to create a global soundtrack for global themes.Â While Ark is not a concept album, it does combine themes which run throughout. The lyrics of opener â€˜Babylonâ€™ focus on the current conflicts within the Middle East. â€˜The Bogus Manâ€™ and â€˜This Boyâ€™ put a human face on those charged with waging war on behalf of self serving political interests.Â While such dystopian themes could be seen to make for a very bleak experience, Ark is shot through with an emotional warmth and a belief in the redemptive power of humanity from which the album title is derived.Â Ark is not just a refuge from a world on the brink of self destruction, but also a journey towards a better society and a more altruistic way of life.
To support the release, Perry will be touring North America with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) starting in Washington D.C. on May 30, 2011.Â Although no dates have been established, Perry has stated heâ€™d like to perform in Mexico in addition to the dates already set for the US and Canada.
Monday, May 30, 2011 Washington, DC, USA Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 New York, NY, USA The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 Boston, MA, USA Paradise Rock Club
Friday, June 03, 2011 Montreal, QC Le National
Saturday, June 04, 2011 Toronto, ON, Canada Opera House
Sunday, June 05, 2011 Chicago, IL, USA Metro
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 Seattle, WA, USA Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
Thursday, June 09, 2011 Vancouver, BC Venue
Friday, June 10, 2011 Portland, OR, USA Doug Fir Lounge
Sunday, June 12, 2011 San Francisco, CA, USA Bimbo’s 365 Club
Monday, June 13, 2011 Los Angeles, CA, USA El Rey Theatre
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Solana Beach, CA, USA Belly Up Tavern