Lia Ices is a name to conjure with. Very unusual name, and very unusual sound.
I love the combination of the acoustic hand clapping and the ethereal voice that belongs to Lia Ices.
Lia Ices is a group consisting of Lia Ices, Eliot Kessel, Otto Hauser, and Greg Chudzik.
They hail from New York City and record on the Jagjaguwar label.
And look out for their new album "Grown Unknown" which is a doozy.
Here's a promo for it.
"Grown Unknown" Promo
Uplifting in a Kate Bush way, uneasy in a Cat Power way, the 2008 debut from Brooklyn dreamcatcher Lia Ices was a slept-on slow-burner full of haunting crooning, minimalist pianos, and shimmering Rhodes--think PJ Harvey's White Chalk with better anti-depressants and a suntan from a summer spent in McCarren Park. Two years later, Ices is following it up with her first album for Jagjaguwar (due sometime in 2011) and its early teaser track, "Grown Unknown." The track unleashes a more assured, hard-edged Lia, whose swirling coo is now surrounded by tricky percussion and violently throbbing chords--mainly a "homemade dulcimer" played by drummer Otto Hauser, who used chopsticks while Lia's brother Eliot fingered the chords. Inspired by the body percussion involved in ritual music, the track even features a new percussive slant--circular clapping that fits right next to YIMBY grads Zs and Gil-Scott Heron's recent epic "New York Is Killing Me." [VVMTV]
Daphne (featuring Justin Vernon)
Track from the upcoming album Grown Unknown, coming out on January 25th 2011 on Jagjaguwar. Featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
And here complete with acoustic accompaniment and vocal gymnastics is the title track.
And one more, since every track is a winner.
Love is Won