Today in an exclusive premiere with Pitchfork TV, we are pleased to present the music video for the title song of Lia Ices’ tremendous Jagjaguwar debut album, Grown Unknown.
Lia Ices’ video for “Grown Unknown” is a visual performance diary documenting modern dancer Ruby MacDougall’s three week voyage across the Pacific from Long Beach, California to Shanghai, China. The song “Grown Unknown” is about resisting our tendency to control and confine our desires; it celebrates the discovery of a personal unknown. Ruby’s dance document aligns with Lia’s song in a most poignant way: confined to a ship in the middle of the massive ocean, she uses dance as a means to express herself amidst extreme newness. For when we surrender to our wild, untamed energies and venture into the unknown, we expose ourselves to personal revelation. The opening lines of the song set the stage for Ruby’s exploratory dance: “I can’t live on a solitary stem, when there’s open land and warm wind.” The footage was shot from a laptop camera, and edited by Joanna Bovay (who also edited Lia’s video for “Half Life”).
Lia Ices will perform at Lollapalooza in August with select dates in Toronto, Pittsburgh and New York. Set time for Lollapalooza will be announced shortly. For lineup and more info, visit the Lolla site here.
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.
Listen to it over at the Jagjaguwar Facebook page.
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:
Love Is Won
Get Lia Ices’ iTunes Live: SXSW EP HERE.
Small Black’s EP was recorded at Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church. Here’s the track list:
Sun Was High (So Was I) [Best Coast cover]
Get Small Black’s iTunes Live: SXSW EP HERE.
Little Marriage by Lia Ices
Love Is Won by Lia Ices
Grown Unknown by Lia Ices
Grown Unknown Promo by Lia Ices
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