Brian Williams, or BriWi, as his friends call him (moiself included), is America’s Greatest News Anchor. He’s recently brought us stories of Brooklyn Artisanal Cheese and Slow Jammed the news along with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night. I kinda knew he was into indie rock, but I never knew how hard he was going to rep for Lia Ices.
BriWi loves Lia Ices, particularly the song “Little Marriage.” He met up with her recently at the Rare Book Room studio to play a little and have a chat. The love is palpable. Check out the clip above, or watch the full thing here at MSNBC.com.
Pink Mountaintops recently remixed Lia Ices’ “Love Is Won” from Grown Unknown. Our friends at RCDRD LBL put it best:
What starts as just voice and piano slowly builds to a crescendo with layers of electronic noise, a subtle electric guitar playing country licks, and heartbeat-like drumming. It maintains the restrained, dramatic performances of Grown Unknown while still adding a bit of bombast.
Whether you’re kicking yourself for missing some of your favorite Jag artists at SXSW last week or you were there for every minute and are dying to relive the experience, you’re in luck! iTunes is now offering a Lia Ices EP and a Small Black EP, both recorded during their performances at the festival.
Lia’s EP, recorded at her March 17 show at Saint David’s Sanctuary, includes the following tracks:
If you have plans to be in the Austin, Texas vicinity next week, stop by and see us at the Jagjaguwar/ Secretly Canadian/ Dead Oceans SXSW showcase! We’ll be at Red 7 all night Wednesday along with Okkervil River, Parts & Labor, The Cave Singers, Small Black, Lia Ices and more.
Check out all of their festival schedules after the jump.
Lia Ices’ “Daphne,” directed by L.A.-based director Aaron Brown (Focus Creeps) was shot in Sonoma, California. Opening in a lush, mysterious, pastoral setting, Lia is joined by a falcon and a young boy. At first the three remain separate yet appear unified in some undisclosed way, with Lia at the center and the bird and the child acting as extensions of her. The song is Lia’s personal reflection of the ancient myth of Daphne, describing one woman’s transformation into a tree. It is a story that challenges our concepts of flight and attachment, transformation and rootedness, desire and captivity.
It was important for Aaron and Lia that these images and themes be revealed symbolically like a myth or a fairy tale. The video goes from a supernatural, sylvan world and spirals into a Fellini-esque nighttime revelry. The young boy is the unexpected master of ceremonies at an unconventional gathering of friends and animals who all evoke the approaching event. Abstracted by super 8 footage, Lia reveals herself as the empowered and expressive storyteller, until she, like Daphne makes her final transformation.
“Daphne” is from the recent Jagjaguwar release by Lia Ices, Grown Unknown, and features a duet with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
Starting next week, Lia Ices will begin performing a short European tour that includes La Route du Rock’s Winter Collection on Thursday, February 17th. That evening’s lineup includes Glasser and Pitchfork-favorite James Blake! Basically my dream show, happening in France, thousands of miles away. Click here to check out the tour dates.