Lykanthea is Lakshmi Ramgopal, a solo electronic musician who divides her time between Chicago, IL and Northampton, MA. With lyrics rooted in ancient mythologies, a haunting voice smoked in cave-like reverb and the gauzy drone of synths, Lykanthea writes the soundtrack of thresholds. Drawing on a decade of Carnatic vocal training, Ramgopal “sings hymns of the ancients in a tale that breaks against oppressive hands to expressions and emotions that emerge from behind the veil” (IMPOSE). Her sound is ritual chanting for the electronic age.
Ramgopal began writing and performing as Lykanthea while pursuing a doctorate in Classics at the University of Chicago. While researching her thesis on an uninhabited Greek island in 2013, she began writing lyrics, collecting field recordings, and laying down the soundscapes that became her debut Migration. The EP was released in July 2014 digitally and on cassette to local acclaim. The initial physical run sold out in months, with Ramgopal touring Europe in 2015 and garnering praise from Noisey, IMPOSE, MTV Iggy, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader.
A fixture in Chicago’s dark fashion and witch house scene, Ramgopal’s passion for atmosphere and texture has made her music an inspiration for collaborators. Her music has been featured in promotional videos for Velvit and Vespere Vintage, and her style has been praised by dark fashion blog FAIIINT and Culture Magazine. She also collaborated with Hvnter Gvtherer to release a capsule collection inspired by Migration. While living in Italy in 2014 as a winner of the prestigious Rome Prize, Ramgopal performed across Europe, including Leipzig's Wave Gotik Treffen. She also partnered up with sound artist Paula Matthusen for the sound installation "Prex Gemina" for exhibition in Rome and worked with Austrian artist Krist Mort on the video for "Parturition."