Release Date: 05/31/19
The haunting atmospheric return to the classic mid-90s lineup. PITCHFORK: a reverb-drenched, gothic take on dreampop.
Released in the summer of 2015A Line That Connectshas been reissued on Projekt in CD and LP editions. Haunting, bleak, moody and atmospheric, their 10th album is a heavy record with shifting sonics and a full-band sound thanks to a return to the classic mid-90s Lycia lineup of Mike VanPortfleet, David Galas, and Tara Vanflower. Itâs a contemporary sounding release that harkens back to their 90s darkwave roots. Lyciaâs mix of post-punk bleakness and doomy darkness is an engaging, fascinating listen.
Thereâs a heavier feel here, a slow burn that threatens to explode from sheer intensity and passion; if youâre wondering just how itâs able to be menacing but also meditative, youâre not alone. The album flows through drone, dark-pop, and post-punk, with liquid guitar dripping, gloomy fog casting its spell, and hypnotic vocals spinning inside your head.
POP MATTERS: âLyciaâs influence, and the respect itâs afforded, has been far more profound than any record sales figures would suggest. While VanPortfleet might have felt his band was under-appreciated, you only need look to the resurrection of deathrock, the rise of witchy and hauntological electronica, shoegazing metal, eerily psychedelic Americana, or the rejuvenation of dark ambient music to see that Lyciaâs legacy inspired a raft of musicians across a broad range of musical genres.â
PITCHFORK: âFor over two decades, Arizonaâs Lycia have been pioneers of âdarkwave,â a reverb-drenched, gothic take on dreampop. This is the Cocteau Twins, if they looked so far inward that they began to focus on the darker, downer-ridden side. Along with lovesliescrushing, who freed shoegaze from pop conventions, (Lycia) became one of the noteworthy and boundary-pushing acts on the goth music label Projekt. [A Line That Connects] is consistent with their past efforts, while remaining an intriguing headphone journey.â
2LP on 140-gram deep blue with black smoke color vinyl, gatefold jacket. Limited edition of 500.
|Run Time: 79 mins|
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