Lia Ices just got a nice shout-out from Entertainment Weekly.
On her 3rd album — called “Ices” — the singer-songwriter “still sounds like that art-school girl you had a crush on,” EW wrote.
“But her songs have gotten fuller and lusher. [The album’s] warm wash of ethereal vocals and electronics belies its chilly title.”
Lia Ices is the stage name of Leah Kessel. She’s a former Staples Player who acted in “Runaways” and “Heidi Chronicles,” before leaving for private school and NYU (where she earned a degree in experimental theater in 2007).
Her influences include Iggy Azalea, the Cocteau Twins and — this will resonate with older “06880” readers — Steely Dan.
According to Elle magazine, she splits time between the Hudson Valley (where she records) and Sonoma, California (where she lives with her winemaker boyfriend).
“I can be super reclusive and hermetic, and then I can be in California and host dinner parties and drink wine,” she says.
The track below — “Higher” — is “a chirpy schoolyard melody spliced with a killer guitar riff,” Elle says. It’s her 1st radio single.
Let’s hope “Ices” turns hot as hell.