Tag Archive for 'Lia Ices'

Life In Mixtape Form #63

Life In Mixtape Form #63 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

I’m digging on this one–usually I try to dig a little bit deep, but this week I needed to include a bunch of my all-time favorite songs and artists. So yea. 🙂

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February 2012 mix

February 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

Happy Leap Year Day! Also, it’s the end of the month, so here’s some of the new music I’ve found and liked enough to share! Still haven’t found all that many albums I love yet this year, but there’s a couple and the rest here are from singles or compilations.

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AlmostAGhost’s Best Albums Of 2011 – #7. Lia Ices – Grown Unknown

Grown Unknown

the quiet singing in the language that we don't know

Much of what I just wrote about Bon Iver, Bon Iver in my last review also applies to Lie Ices’ Grown Unknown. I guess I love this style! Like Bon Iver, Ices has made a patient, rich album that is also mysterious and intriguing. I usually try not to make random comparisons, but this one is apt, as Justin Vernon sings back-up on one of the songs. So, I like to think of these two albums as companions and complements.

Unlike Bon Iver, Lia Ices is a bit more mystical and mythical in her lyrics. “Love Is Won” appears to be about discovering forever/love as a “tiny jewel in the tiger mouth,” and strriving to “pounce so I can tame the cat / so I can find the myth and let forever out.” “Daphne” tells the story of the nymph Daphne who turned into a tree instead of surrendering herself to Apollo. A particularly amazing song, “Daphne” begins delicately, like you would imagine a Lia Ices song to be: her quiet and close voice over guitar and violins. Midway through, the song takes a turn, becoming heavier and more confident. The music parallels the story.

The more I listen to Grown Unknown, the more I am impressed with Ices’ voice. It never falls into cliched fragility or breathlessness, always maintaining strength. This makes these songs all the more memorable, as she keeps charge of their oft-changing nature. “Ice Wine,” as only her vocals and a string quartet, could have been insufferable with the wrong voice, but Lia Ices keeps it together, and fascinating. “I hate to leave you like the eyelash that flew,” is one of the few lines that can be distinguished: it is one of her more mysterious and dark songs. Other tracks also borrow a lot from classical music arranging, but always to add richness and texture (“New Myth” especially).

There were quite a few of these individual, creative, avant-garde female pop singers this year, from Anna Calvi to PJ Harvey to Kate Bush to name a few. Each were stunning in their own way, and Lia Ices was one of my favorites. Grown Unknown is bursting with musical ideas — folky songs, string quartet movements, seductive vocals, orchestrated stories — yet it is her voice that ties all these ideas together so brilliantly.

Lia Ices “Daphne”

Lia Ices “Bag of Wind”

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Life In Mixtape Form #20

Ah number 20! I’m impressed with myself that I stuck it out this long without ever feeling like my choices are overly repetitive. I could easily pick a Bob Dylan song to symbolize every single day, but I try not to go there. Hehe

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AlmostAGhost – January 2011 Mix

This is my monthly mix of new music, stuff that was released this year that I checked out and liked over the month. I make one every month. It appears that my 2011 has begun with a lot of beautiful female songwriters. I’m a sucker for them! Also here are some great rock bands, a saucy Bob Dylan cover by a legend (and Jack White), and one of my top-10 all-time favorite musicians. Not a bad month!


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