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Most recent release, Grown Unknown (2011)
Fiona Apple and Katerina Franck (Rainbirds)
Own, occasional co-writing
Lia Ices has one of those powerful, husky slightly deeper slightly bluesy voices, reminiscent of Fiona Apple and like Apple her songs are piano based. Melodic and catchy, her songs are edgey while being entirely engaging and range from the powerfully anthemic to the fragile. I'm very taken with both current albums (2011) and am looking forward to watching what she does next. Georgeous and impressive music. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
2008—Rare Book Room Records—rbr 003
Wide in U.S.
Lia Ices—piano vocals
David Muller—drums, bass, tambora, organ
Nicolas Vernhes & Lia Ices
A powerful and assured debut. Though her overall sound is a little reminiscent of Fiona Apple, it feels wholly her own. Beautiful, haunting, soulful, emotive and experimental. Her songwriting is mature and affecting, both unexpected and yet full of hooks that keep you listening. Highly ecto, and highly recommended. (Neile)
Lia Ices—vocals; piano; backing vocals; organ (1); celesta (3); string synths (7); mellotron (9)
Lia Ices and Nicolas Vernhes
Such a fragile and powerful album. It's really a knock-out. I can't believe I'd never heard of her before—this grabs hold so strongly and won't let me go. It's fresh but familiar, experimental yet entirely catchy. She has a stunning voice and knows how to use it both in how she sings and the materials she writes for herself. Wow. I can't recommend this one enough. So gorgeous it hurts. (Neile)
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