Lia Ices is Lia Kessel, an eclectic singer songwriter from Northern California. Born of the Cat Power school of dark supple music songwriting, Ices is able to impressively bend and chameleon her voice to the songs’ needs. While she was able to attract some attention with her debut record Necima back in 2008, it was during her sophomore record Grown Unknown where Ices recorded a duet with Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon that her status really grew.
With her newest and third overall record, the self-titled Ices, Lia Ices is undergoing a big change. While previous records dwell on the subtler side of balladry, Ices has embraced a more tribal electronic atmosphere. It is a bigger sound that suits the inherent eclecticism of Lia Ices. More pointedly, Ices enlists the services of hip-hop artist Clams Casino to produce some of the more offbeat tracks. It’s a different look for Lia Ices, but one that seems well-suited for her all along.
Watch the video for first single Higher embedded below.
Lia Ices – Ices comes out 9/16 via Jagjaguwar (order here)