The beauty of this album is that every time through, the
soundtrack changes. The first time I was flying through a
forest of blue trees. But they weren’t really trees though.
They were all of my friends giving me advice. The second
time I showed up to school naked late for my calculus test
and I wasn’t even in calculus. The time I actually held on
to consciousness, I wandered from room to room. I kept forgetting
what I came in the kitchen for. Tripping… is like
a cheerleader. It’s really gorgeous and put together nicely.
But boring as hell. Every song contains the same ingredients,
just with different notes.
Nice acoustic strumming gets pestered by what sounds like
Marc Almond singing from the bottom of a Pentium processor.
Mike Van Portfleet has talent as a vocalist, but prefers
to dress it up with the electronics. “Broken Days” is pretty
enough, but would have fared better more organic. The same
formula follows in “It’s Okay To Be Small” though with Tara
Vanflower singing sweetly. Dreamy synthesizers put the
shimmering whammy down. Must fight…must…stay…awa…zzzzzzzz.
Bent chords add rich flavor. Then it continues in the same
pattern; boy, girl, boy, girl.
The lyrics lean to Dickensonian, specifically, Emily Dickensonian.
Much of the visions are nature observed and defined. Parallels
are made to social relationships. But through the allegories
there is always the theme of isolation. First so quietly
then so violently/ the train roars so endlessly/ on the desert
floor today/cypress green details/summer clouds prevail then
rain. Admirable stuff, and yet so very comfy.
I can’t fault anyone for not using bass or percussion, it’s
refreshing sometimes. But Lycia are in serious need
of shaking things up. Quiet and underplayed is great, but
show us what you’ve got. Let's sing another song, boys.
This one has grown old and bitter.
— Ewan Wadharmi
- Broken Days
- It's Okay To Be Small
- The Last Winter
- Asleep In The River
- Fades Down Far
- Give Up The Ghost
- Vacant Winter Day
- Gray December Desert Day
- Blue Heron
- Halfway Between Here And There
- Cat And Dog
- Pale Blue Prevails
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