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.
Venture out to your local record store or click over to your favorite digital retailer to pick up a copy of Lia Ices’ Grown Unknown, out today on CD and LP. You can also order it from our site HERE.
Critical praise for Grown Unknown:
“A rare album executed in the highest order.” – American Songwriter
“Grown Unknown is a minimalist, modern masterpiece” – SF Station
“Everything is very still, very deliberate, and very beautiful” – L Magazine
“[A record] that unfolds and grows in intensity over repeated listens.” – Hartford Advocate
Listen for yourself via a full album stream at Spinner.com.
You can celebrate with Lia at the Grown Unknown release show at Joe’s Pub in NYC next Tuesday, February 1. Look for tickets HERE. For fans outside the New York area, Lia and her band will be back on the road in March on tour with the Cave Singers. See all the dates HERE.
Two very exciting announcements concerning The Cave Singers and Lia Ices today from Jagjaguwar headquarters -
1. This spring The Cave Singers and Lia Ices will be going on a North American tour together! All of these dates are now posted on the Jagjaguwar tour page. They’ll be hitting both coasts as well as SXSW. Party!
2. The Pre-Orders for No Witch by The Cave Singers and Grown Unknown by Lia Ices are now up! You receive an instant digital download of the record(s) you pre-order. The release dates of these are February 22nd and January 25th, respectively. There is nothing faster than this instant gratification offer, so get to it!
Praise for No Witch
“[The Cave Singers] each put forth their
best on this album, and it’s quite easy to
tell. For those seekers of intelligent, well-crafted yet unassuming music, look no further than this.”
The Aquarian Weekly
“You will experience the joys of mystic
lyricism and catchy riffs that are essential to
making this album so good.”
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No Witch is the third and most mystifying LP by The Cave Singers and will be released on February 22nd in North America (February 28th in the UK).
Praise for Grown Unknown
“A true sonic exploration”
“Original and unclassifiable”
“A rare album executed in
the highest order”
Grown Unknown is the first album by Lia Ices with Jagjaguwar and will be released on January 25th in North America (February 14th in the UK).
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Grown Unknown by Lia Ices
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