Lycia's first release, Ionia, came out in 1991 on Projekt Records, then based in Los Angeles (technically 1989's The Wake was earlier but it was released later). The band was something of a revelation, hard to pigeon hole or fit neatly into any genre. It is great first LP and just a great LP as well.
There was an ambient edge and it was certainly dark; but was it "goth"? Certainly not in intent but could understand why goths might like it.
There was also something very unique in the sound. Curiously it seems like many bands out in the world today are making the sort of music Lycia pioneered over 20 years ago; dark thoughtful music seems to be floating through the musical underground these days.
They continued releasing records with a similar sonic palette but always with some new twist, some new angle to the work.
Lycia released numerous notable LPs and double LPs: A Day in the Stark Corner, The Burning Circle and Then Dust and Estrella. Their 1994 release, Live is, in my humble opinion, one of a handful of live records by anyone worth owning.
It hasn't been that long since Lycia released new music (a digital only release three years back) but somehow this feels like a new start.