Lycia – darkwave music review


Lycia is a darkwave/gothic band that was formed in 1988, Tempe, Arizona by Mike VanPortfleet and Tara Vanflower, who later got married to each other. The band was named after an ancient region of Anatolia, which is no surprise since VanPortfleet holds a degree in cultural geography.

Although only achieving minor cult success, the band is notable for being one of the ground breaking groups in darkwave and ethereal wave styles.

Lycia’s music is filled with rich soundscapes, layers of guitars, dark, ethereal keyboards, doomy drum machine beats, VanPortfleet’s melancholic, whispered vocals and Vanflower’s echoed, distant voice. Trent Reznor and Peter Steele are some of their more well-known fans.

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