Today, Cvlt Nation kicks off the weekend with the cathartic resonance of LYCIA‘s “Silver Leaf.” The airy psalm comes off the band’s limited edition, split seven-inch with Black Mare, set for release tomorrow via Magic Bullet Records in honor of Record Store Day.
Hailing from Mesa, Arizona, LYCIA was initially forged back in the late ’80s and ’90s, confounding ears their groundbreaking ethereal darkwave sound conjurings. Heavily reverbed guitars, dark, wraithlike keyboard tones, and ominous programmed drums pushed the gothic scene forward as their music inspired Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, and many within tangential dark, industrial circles. Their 1995 album, The Burning Circle And Then Dust (Projekt Records) remains a cult hit to this day. With “Silver Leaf,” there is no joy; only an eternity to ponder what’s been done. “Silver Leaf” comes about long after summer is gone, “where bright horizons are hard to find.” All that remains is reflection and memory slipping like sand through worn fingers.
“I feel like I’m floating in darkest space, gliding through the sonic universe of LYCIA,” relays Cvlt Nation. “Allow the tune to guide you at THIS LOCATION.”
The BLACK MARE/LYCIA split will be unleashed on April 18th, 2015 (Record Store Day) and is available for preorder on limited edition black wax and grey swirl at THIS LOCATION. Digital lovers can order the split via Magic Bullet’s BandCamp page HERE or iTunes HERE. The title goes immediately out of print after Record Store Day. Exclusive cover art and insert art by the bands themselves round out this frostbitten slab of wax.