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Lia Ices


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Beautiful & fierce, evocative, experimental altpop

Status:

Most recent release, Grown Unknown (2011)

See also:

Lia Ices's site

Lia Ices's MySpace page

Comparisons:

Fiona Apple and Katerina Franck (Rainbirds)

Covers/own material:

Own, occasional co-writing

General comments:

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:

Grown Unknown

Recordings:


Necima

Release info:

2008—Rare Book Room Records—rbr 003

Availability:

Wide in U.S.

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Lia Ices—piano vocals

Guest artists:

David Muller—drums, bass, tambora, organ
Eliot Kessel—guitars
Robbie Lee—gemshorn; accordion; backing vocals; guitar (6); bass clarinet
Andy Macleod—bass (2); percussion (1)
Brent Arnold—cello,string arrangement
Margaret White—violin

Produced by:

Nicolas Vernhes & Lia Ices

Comments:

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)

Grown Unknown

Release info:

2011—Jagjauwar

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Lia Ices—vocals; piano; backing vocals; organ (1); celesta (3); string synths (7); mellotron (9)

Guest artists:

Eliot Kessel—guitars
Otto Hauser—drums and percussion (1, 3, 4, 5, 8); timpani (7)
matt Johnson—drums (2, 6, 9)
Gregory Chudzik—bass (1, 4, 5, 8)
Time Luntzel—bass (2, 6)
Robbie Lee—organ and melodica (1); Wurlitzer and portative organ (3): autoharp, Ducle Melos, bells (6); flute (9)
Sam Kulik—trombone (9)
Nicolas Vernhes—thunder slap (4); scream (7)
Justin Vernon—vocals (2)
Omar Ajluni—string arrangement and scores
Megan Gould—violin (2)
Karen Waltuch—viola (2)
Brent Arnold—cello (2)
Rachel Handman—violin (7)
Michelle Stewart—violin (7)
Siobhan Solberg—viola (7)
ing Kwan—cello (7)
Lou Pappas—bass (7)

Produced by:

Lia Ices and Nicolas Vernhes

Comments:

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)

One of the best albums of the year. (stjarnell@yahoo.com, lasherboy@gmail.com, jonwesleyhuff@gmail.com)


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