Fifth Sun

by Lycia

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rikm "Fifth Sun" spirals and shines musically over the course of it's length, a rich musical space that serves well as an introduction to Lycia's work for new listeners, and as a celebration of the talents and artistry of the band for those who are already in the know.

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MartyvH They all have their own appeal but I love Mike's voice on North Town as well as the driving beat and the texture. A lot of the lyrics on the album are windows onto other worlds. I have to say that Sky And Sea sounds on the commercial side (if alternative)! It could have been the single :-) Though the album is great as background or as listening with a continuous meditation vibe like shoegaze, rather than listening for pop features. You listen on a different level from mainstream music. This is a very shoegazey album. Dark shoegaze. Lycia is in a genre all their own.
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Cull 04:44
black sea, black death we burn, we laugh pale horse, strange star we walk the sea, our hearts are ours red skin, dead sea our souls are empty sister sun, brother moon the earth is still, our hearts consume black skies shine reflect the sea skin and hair and blood and teeth across the stars the heavens bleed come with me, oh, come with me our hands, our tongue catching stars, queen of heaven time stops, time starts another place, another scar walk the sea, walk the sky dark matter swallows, Orion dies brother moon, sister sun we are together, we are one sky opens, we ascend our time is forever, take my hand birds cry, earth mourns we are lost, we all burn black death, black sea we are together for eternity sister sun, brother moon the earth is still, our hearts consume
Fifth Sun 05:24
sky turns red stained with our sin waiting for the sun to burn away our skin black hands hold hearts, heavy and alive blood fills our eyes our flesh is divine waiting, for our god to rise serpent tongue flicking at the sky blood flows to dirt, cover broken feet cut the heart with stone, such a strange sweet meat going to the temple at night shining like glass, blinding our sight we left our heart, burning in the sun another one falls down for feather scale and tongue climbing, the stairs towards the sky another one falls down, another sacrifice our death fills the air and the earth time stops again a blood scented birth watch the sun rise watch the sun die
Sky And Sea 05:29
watch the sky stars fall like souls dying watch the sky like drops in the ocean, forgotten watch the sky we are like animals, crawling watch the sky onto the shores of lost time sky and sea watch the sea we become one with the ocean watch the sea rolling like clouds over desert floors watch the sea whisper favors to dead gods watch the sea waves crash and the sky opens sky and sea watch the sky the stars guide our bodies watch the sky they whisper secrets long forgotten sky and sea
turn your face to the sun welcome your faith we are one time the dream never ends the skin from dirt grows again life death find the light we all believe Christmas night a cold body in the rock the sun explodes stops the clock life death we all fall down in the sun
as we descend towards the coast again we arrive, we anticipate the glory and the power of the end day bright star, great wave, reborn for the last time new sun ascends back and forth through time again we revive, we anticipate the glory and the power of the end day bright star, great wave, reborn for the last time the desert floor is cracked and dead ten thousand years have passed and here we are again another day is gone another time is over and here we wait again and here we wait for the end day again, again, again, again bright star, great wave, reborn for the last time
I watch the sun fall over you our breath is one we open to your beating heart our blood in bloom the earth is ours our world our womb our beatless heart awakens new the skin of stars reflecting you our mother time our mother dies whisper your secrets igniting fires lay your head down we fell into the earth, the sea and swallowed stars and eternity I will be your mother you will be my tree our limbs will flower and set us free I watched the stars, fall over you our breath is one, our hearts are new
North Town 04:36
in the fall of the day from the top of the north town to the line of the lay round and down in the dawn through the gray from a field and the wet ground north town day long gone fall day through the fog of the day near the hill of the north town faded green, brown and gray round and down on the wall down the way view the line of the north town north town day long gone fall day on a fall day on a gray day on a fall day on a cold day
fall day


released June 22, 2010

all songs written, performed and recorded by Lycia

songs 1-6

Tara Vanflower: vocals
Mike VanPortfleet: guitars, bass, vocals, drum programs

recorded fall 2009 to summer 2010

mixed by Mike VanPortfleet

songs 7-8

David Galas: bass, synth, drum programs
Tara Vanflower: vocals
Mike VanPortfleet: guitars, vocals

recorded various times 2006 & 2007

mixed by David Galas

mix assistance by Mike VanPortfleet

mastered by James Plotkin

cover photo by Mike VanPortfleet

© 2007 & 2010 LyciumMusic BMI


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Lycia is a darkwave atmospheric band that was formed in 1988. The current lineup is Mike VanPortfleet, David Galas, Tara Vanflower and John Fair. Will Welch was an early member of the band. Lycia has released 11 full length studio albums (including one under the Bleak name), 1 live album, 2 compilation albums, 3 EPs, 1 split 7” single and appeared on over 50 VA compilations. ... more

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