Monday, April 16, 2018

Lycia – Tripping Back Into The Broken Days (2002)




  • Dark wave 
  • Shoegaze 
  • Alternative 
  • Ambient rock 
  • Dreamgaze 
  • Epic 
  • Neoclassical 
  • Ethereal wave

Comment: I guess Tripping Back Into The Broken Days is a good start for beginners to make acquaintance with Tempe, Arizona, US-based combo. My first contact with Mike VanPortfleet led trio (though the recent one is created by Mike VanPortfleet, and Tara Vanflower) was in 2004 while I got an album by my friend and thereafter was listening to it with my bride in the bed in a darkened room. Yeah, the impression was powerful, I got dazed and I fell in love with Lycia. I think Lycia is one of the most underrated combos in the music history and the trio`s music should be immensely more appreciated. If there is up a topic about shoegaze then you could not find out any hints at Lycia in that regard. Indeed, Lycia as a combo is a juggernaut between shoegaze and dark wave, maybe even between post-punk, and neofolk/dark folk/neoclassical. For instance, at times Lycia, and Slowdive do have much in common. The formula of Lycia is quite simple – their music used to take off with reverb-drenched, extended guitar chords being backed up by murky atmospheric synthesisers and longing vocal lines and then progress slowly and then pertify in a sense. A perfect music example to back up your dreams and anxious minds. Lycia`s music may be considered a break to the other side, or at least something of reflecting shades and dim rays from that dimension. By watching the cover print and considering the title of this 12-track outing you can perceive hints at American gothic and magic realism. It is a place where the past comes into the present in a quaint way and start to dominate the latter. In the sense you can similarities with Morrissey`s lyrics. A mandatory release for sure. The issue was intially released on Projekt Records.

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