Lycia ‎– Cold

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Frozen 7:36
Bare 5:30
Baltica 6:41
Colder 4:55
Snowdrop 6:09
Drifting 7:27
December 5:07
Polaris 7:28
Later 7:14

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PROJEKT67 Lycia Cold(CD, Album) Projekt PROJEKT67 US 1996 Sell This Version
PROJEKT67 Lycia Cold(CD, Album) Projekt PROJEKT67 US 1996 Sell This Version
PROJEKT67 Lycia Cold(CD, Album, RE) Projekt PROJEKT67 US 1996 Sell This Version
silber 061 Lycia Cold(CD, Album, RE, RM) Silber Records silber 061 US 2007 Sell This Version
HB-DIS054 Lycia Cold(2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) Handmade Birds HB-DIS054 US 2013 Sell This Version
HB-DIS054 Lycia Cold(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Mil) Handmade Birds HB-DIS054 US 2013 Sell This Version
none Lycia Cold(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) Lycium Music none US 2017

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April 15, 2018
referencing Cold, 2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180, HB-DIS054
Bummer they swapped out the gorgeous original artwork for this new cover. No idea why they made such a poor judgement call like that. Wish they would press this as originally intended.
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July 26, 2013
referencing Cold, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Mil, HB-DIS054
Originally released in 1996, this gorgeous re-issue is pressed on milky, thick vinyl and over the course of 2 LPs it takes us back to those mythic days when Lycia were quite well known. Everything about what Handmade Birds have done here exudes A-level exactitude, from the re-mastering right down to the deliciously executed sleeve. The principles: Mike VanPortfleet, David Galas and Tara Vanflower. The approach: polished arrangements and decadent production. One almost wonders why this album was somewhat overlooked at the time and then you remember...

There is Lycia before The Burning Circle and Then Dust and there is Lycia after. Their label at the time hyped that impending 2CD (later re-issued as a single) as though it would break through all resistance the band were encountering but the band had different ideas. I almost was caught up in the hysteria due to the lead in being Lycia's one and only live album which preceded it, a live album which is arguable the best thing this band ever did I might add. If you don't own it, you should. Track it down. But where were we oh yes, Cold always suffered from the younger sibling syndrome being only a single disc with a much scaled down feel. Fans who tuned out after The Burning Circle were even less inclined to investigate the follow up.

It did not help matters that there was very little press for Cold, the few reviews I remember seeing made a lot of lazy comparisons to the Cocteau Twins. Lycia also lost a member during this time in the form of David Galas who moved back to Arizona and went solo. His albums I have written about extensively, I've been in contact with him since 1995. He is very worth your time. And so, with the trio now a duo Cold faded more and more into the background and even got tagged as being nothing but outtakes from the previous album. There was also still considerable attention being paid to their side-project Bleak that also was released in 95, which was an even more aggressive take on Lycia's earlier works. It was fully re-mastered with great reverence and care by David Galas in 2009 and is available digitally.

With regard to Cold being mere cutting room floor scraps: this really could not be further from the truth. For all the glossy sounds, for all of the soaring vocals and gutting feel: Cold is a record which stands on it's own quite proudly. There may have been tensions in the band but they utilized this to produce profoundly remarkable songs. Galas' two compositions alone made any accusations of lethargy lose whatever merit they were ever perceived to have had. Never mind the songs Drifting, Baltica or Later. Out of the park, each and every one of them.

I have been a fan since Ionia came out, owned it on cassette at first. Wore the t-shirt proudly. Lycia's early works with any luck will get this sort of treatment in the future (indeed, Ionia was the other option Handmade Birds considered for this re-release) but even though that record and A Day in the Stark Corner are part of my DNA, they are decidedly confrontational. Some might even go so far as to call them contemptuously aloof. I do sympathize with Lycia's choice, however, as those works (and even Wake, which was re-issued in 1993) are an acquired taste.

There is something universally appealing about Cold, it's the sound of a band creating the closest approximation of their surroundings possible. The Cure's Disintegration is the only album which encapsulates the terrain it was made in better and Bobby and the boys had a much, MUCH bigger budget than Lycia could ever even dream of. This record is Lycia at their prettiest, their most refined and also their most resigned. Cold was the end of an era, all the momentum they'd generated had been consumed by the backlash The Burning Circle generated. It wasn't just Lycia going through the motions, Cold was them literally freezing to death. I have a lot of memories of 1996 and most of them aren't very positive or pleasant, something tells me Lycia have a similar take on that time.

Now about that tenth track which was included digitally, it comes from Lycia's upcoming new album Quiet Moments. If you own VanPortfleet's shamanic solo album you'll know where it fits. As Lycia? Well that remains to be seen. I'm always leery of single songs put out before their context in the full album is heard and so I'm on the fence with it. Ghostly vocals and wraith-like guitars are the order of the day for Antarctica. I will continue playing it and you can be assured I'll cover their newest when it does appear. After all, I loved Tripping Back Into the Broken Days so there's no fear here.