There's something slightly demystifying about seeing Dead Can Dance in the flesh. Under headphones, the duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry can sound like timeless, ethereal nomads haunting some otherworldly caravanserai. On stage, their arsenal of exotic sounds is realized as a few synths and a handful of percussion instruments, and the passage of time is evident in Perry's graying goatee, if not in his still-rich baritone.
The spell didn't seem to be broken for the audience gathered in Verizon Hall on Sunday night, however. The crowd's ecstatic faces were illuminated by searchlights sweeping the room during "Kiko," from Anastasis, Dead Can Dance's first new album in 16 years, and every soar and swell of Gerrard's flawlessly operatic voice compelled them to leap from their seats in rapturous approval.