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Lycia - "Blue" (audio) (premiere)

The darkwave veterans return with a stunning, haunting new track.

As Craig Hayes so eloquently wrote for PopMatters a couple years ago, the influence of Lycia on not only darkwave but gothic, industrial, and doom music cannot be understated. Now the Arizona band is back with A Line That Connects, their tenth album overall and second for the outstanding Handmade Birds label. "Blue" is an easy standout from the new record, a sumptuous journey into the darkness with Tara Vanflower providing the siren's song to guide you through.

"All of my songs are about love and death," Vanflower says. "I was watching the Green Lantern snimated Series finale for about the tenth time and the story of Aya and Razer is actually a really good example of a perfect love story. No one ends up happy in the end but somehow there's still hope. I don't know that I've ever seen the universe described in a more perfect way either. An open hand held open, with the potential of clenching closed and ending everything."

Pre-order A Line That Connects here.

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