New Model Army fit beside (early) Killing Joke and Cult in the post-punk 80s. And like those 2 bands, they've continued making music into their 4th decade.
Delerium began as a side project. Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber of Front Line Assembly decided to release more ambient/instrumental pieces under the Delerium name. They actually got thrust into the darkwave subgenre, garnering some success. Then on their 1994 album Semantic Spaces, they began utilizing female vocals, pushing the sound in a more ethereal, Enigma-esque direction. The 1997 album, Karma, went further in that direction, producing the surprise hit "Silence" featuring vocals by Sarah McLachlan. The next album continued in the same vein, even featuring Matthew Sweet singing one song.
Rhys Fulber broke away from Delerium to form his own similar-sounding project, Conjure One, using some of the same singers who featured on Delerium's albums.
I've seen the term "enigmatic" to describe the slew of artists who came up after Enigma scored a couple hits. I've also heard the terms worldbeat & ethno electronica... basically music that really doesn't fit into the "new age" category because it may be a bit too beats-oriented or eclectic or even dark. Whatever the term, I ate this stuff up. Perfect for a lazy summer afternoon on the terrace.
Hüsker Dü or Dü not, there is no try. From Minnesota, like fellow punks the Replacements. But unlike Westerberg, Bob Mould never really strayed too far from his original sound. There are some very melodic gems buried under layers of distortion in the HD catalog. Even a move to a major label didn't change their sound... which was unfortunate in that they had the same crappy drum sound their whole career.
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Anita Lane was around the early Bad Seeds, co-writing some songs and collaborating with some of that crowd. A footnote in the grand scheme? Maybe but there was always something alluring about her solo work, which sounds like a more avant garde Mazzy Star.