10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lia Ices’ previous LP, Grown Unknown, left the impression of wood nymphs and fairies writing and playing music, heads together deep in the woods with acoustic guitars, jangling bells, and tambourines. It’s a gorgeous neo-folk album. Then Ices' move to Northern California from Brooklyn coincided with a change in musical direction, one that includes loops and samples but also warmer tropical flavors and a variety of worldly spices like Middle Eastern string instruments and percussion. Experimental producer Clams Casino (“cloud rap,” anyone?) can take some credit for the fullness and richness pulsing through Ices, especially in the layers of trip-hoppy warmth on songs like “Thousand Eyes” and the otherworldly exotica of tunes like “Electric Arc.” A mesmerizing, early Kate Bush charm pulses through “How We Are,” and “Higher” is a buoyant, sparkling bundle of surprises. Ices brings a kind of childlike joy to her captivating, mystical sound; the wood nymphs are having way more fun here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lia Ices’ previous LP, Grown Unknown, left the impression of wood nymphs and fairies writing and playing music, heads together deep in the woods with acoustic guitars, jangling bells, and tambourines. It’s a gorgeous neo-folk album. Then Ices' move to Northern California from Brooklyn coincided with a change in musical direction, one that includes loops and samples but also warmer tropical flavors and a variety of worldly spices like Middle Eastern string instruments and percussion. Experimental producer Clams Casino (“cloud rap,” anyone?) can take some credit for the fullness and richness pulsing through Ices, especially in the layers of trip-hoppy warmth on songs like “Thousand Eyes” and the otherworldly exotica of tunes like “Electric Arc.” A mesmerizing, early Kate Bush charm pulses through “How We Are,” and “Higher” is a buoyant, sparkling bundle of surprises. Ices brings a kind of childlike joy to her captivating, mystical sound; the wood nymphs are having way more fun here.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Close your eyes and drift away

ugotabkidnme

I enjoy music that takes me to another place...in different ways. Ices does it for me like no other.

She is Upcoming for Sure!

Selsel1388

I saw her live with Phantogram and Lia had an awesome opening performance. She has talent and her music is relaxing and definitely different.

Not Bad

*Neondreamland*

Sounds a little like Oh Land, and I like that :-)

About Lia Ices

Brooklyn, New York-based pianist, singer, and songwriter Lia Ices was born and raised in Connecticut, where she began playing piano at the age of five, although she didn't discover her penchant for songwriting until years later while studying at N.Y.U.'s famed Tisch School of the Arts' Experimental Theater Wing. Sounding a bit like Tori Amos in a Cat Power world, Ices quickly captured attention in the area, eventually releasing the eight-song album Necima in 2008 with Nicolas Vernhes' Rare Book Room Records. The pop songstress caught a break in 2010, signing onto indie label Jagjaguwar and beginning work on her second album. That album, Grown Unknown, was released in 2011 and featured a guest performance from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

It would be several years before she returned in 2014 with her far more electronic-leaning third album, Ices. ~ Steve Leggett

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