I’ve eagerly awaited new music from Lia Ices since 2012’s exquisite Grown Unknown and here ’tis. The new song “Thousand Eyes” will be featured on Lia’s third album, Ices, set for release on September 16th.
Lia Ices’ new sophomore album, Grown Unknown, blends the delicately haunting folk of Judee Sill and Kath Bloom with the eerie atmosphere of Julee Cruise and Kira Lynn Cain. The album features guest vocals by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
The album’s brilliance lies in Lia’s unusual use of instrumental embellishments to punch up her otherwise gentle melodies – whether it be a dramatic crash of piano halfway through the Bon Iver duet “Daphne,” the shake of a tambourine mingling with fingersnaps in “Little Marriage” or militant handclap percussion in “Grown Unknown.”
Elsewhere she livens things up with ethereal backing harmonies layered into the instrumentation or a surprising burst of rock guitar.
When she isn’t experimenting with sound and song structure, Lia’s beautiful voice makes even the most basic ballad absolutely stunning.
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