Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Music and Paganism - Delerium

Delerium is a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that I find is quite interesting. Formed in 1987, the band throughout their history have covered a broad range of musical styles, including dark ethereal ambient, voiceless industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music. Their music can not be easily classified as particularly Pagan oriented, but many of their songs and videos have an ethereal dream like quality that remind me of shamanic trance like experiences.  I have to agree with Jason at The Wild Hunt blog, when he states:

"From time to time there is talk as to what a modern “Pagan music” would sound like, and we are often ready to throw laurels at the feet of any singer-songwriter or band willing to cater to our tastes and attend our festivals. However, I have long felt that the vibrant sacred music of today, the creative force that speaks to the Pagan soul, isn’t necessarily seeking our attention, or longing to attend our conventions. They are instead sending their message, and sharing their sacred works, with those who go to the trouble of seeking them out. They are in the underground, playing at clubs, rented halls, or even massive multi-band European festivals, but ignored by most critics and media outlets. They are singing and performing for those willing to step outside of the boundaries and labels so craved by those hoping to capitalize on a “scene” or “subculture”.

Delerium - Official Fan Site
Delerium - Myspace

Of Delerium's albums, Karma has garnered the most commercial success, and that success largely came from the single entitled "Silence" featuring  vocals by Sarah McLachlan. In 2000, three years after the original release of source album Karma, "Silence" proliferated throughout dance clubs; the interest generated took the single to #3 on the UK charts gaining considerable radio airplay.

Delerium  toured for the first time in 2003  Vocals were then provided by Kristy Thirsk and Shelley Harland during the tour. In January 2005, Delerium performed at the One World benefit concert in Vancouver for the 2004 Asian tsunami, where "Silence" was performed live for the first time with Sarah McLachlan, who was also performing at that benefit.

More from Delerium
Delerium -- Duende
Delerium - Flatlands
Delerium - Heavens Earth
Delerium Remembrance
Delerium - Aria
Delerium - Silence - (live)
Delerium - Terra Firma (live)
Delerium - Truly (live)
Delerium - Self-Saboteour (live)
Delerium - Silence
Delerium - Returning
Delerium - After All
Delerium - "Nature's Kingdom"
Delerium -- Underwater
Delerium Ft Leigh Nash Innocente
Delerium - Metamorphosis!
Delerium - Temptation
Delerium - Inner Sanctum
Delerium - Angelicus
Delerium - Euphoria
Delerium - Lost And Found
Delerium - Embryo
Delerium - Dark Matter
Delerium - Dark Star