Lia Ices' "Little Marriage" takes on a warm, music box quality, courtesy of lilting vocals that trail across occasional cascades of guitar, a warm sea of synths, some simple, percussive elements, and just the the right amount of xylophone. It's hypnotic, a lullabye of sorts. Appropriately, its' accompanying video plays like a peaceful trance of obscure images. Directed by Heidi Petty.
Lia Ices is the stage name of Lia Kessel, a singer-songwriter from Westport, Connecticut, currently living in the Hudson Valley, New York. While she has been performing and recording for several years, Ices gained prominence when her song "Love is Won", from her second studio album Grown Unknown, was played over the closing credits of the second-to-last episode of season one of HBO's Girls on June 10, 2012.
In 2008, she adopted the name Lia Ices, and her first full-length album, Necima, was released in September of that year, produced by Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The music webzine Pitchfork wrote of the album: "When Ices and Vernhes find a creative symbiosis, usually on the record's shorter, pop-leaning tracks, the results are spectacular." Critics compared her singing favorably to that of Kate Bush, and more contemporary artists like Feist and Bat For Lashes, as well as Tori Amos and Cat Power.
In early 2011, Ices released her sophomore album, Grown Unknown, which was again mixed at the Rare Book Room Studios in Brooklyn, but released through her new label, Jagjaguwar Records. She spent six months in Vermont writing most of the album, and recorded the album at the The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY. The album's second track, "Daphne", features a duet with Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon. Critics found her voice more relaxed than on her debut album.