They're multiplying, these fabulous yet freaky females of pop. Navigating the more adventurous outskirts of the genre, Florence and the Machine and Robyn are currently enjoying an interesting flirtation with the mainstream. Lykke Li could follow later this winter with a highly anticipated sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes
. Behind this trio, another crop of provocative up and comers lies in wait. Glasser and Oh Land come to mind, courtesy of the odd, electronic pastiches they cloak their music in. Come early 2012, expect to see another name to surface; Brooklyn's Lia Ices
Her music's on a slightly sparse tip, limiting instrumental involvement at times to call attention to her strongest attribute: the elegant vocals that fly at the front of every track. They're classic in nature, but outlined by the kind of inquisitive instrumentals that flutter between easy classifications. Instead, listen for snippets of piano pounding soul, skittering electronic blips and beeps, pocket orchestrations, and experimental acoustic fret work to duck in and out of her unique constructions. On "Daphne", she even hides another treat neatly below the fold; vocal contributions from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. Overall, it's a compelling piece of pop this siren is pushing; one her bio describes by proclaiming, "listening to her songs inspires a psychic time slip, and its hard to know if you're wading in the warmest of memories or awed by the invention and glow of new surroundings."
, her Jagjaguwar endorsed debut, is set for release on January 25th. Have a listen to a couple of freebies for your pod below. - David Pitz
MP3: Lia Ices - "Grown Unknown"
MP3: Lia Ices - "Daphne"