(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The ethereal pop songstress Lia Ices brings her seductive melancholy to Club Helsinki on Friday, August 5, at 9. The Connecticut native, who heads to Chicago immediately after her Helsinki gig to perform at the Lollapalooza Festival and then back to New York City to play the Mercury Lounge, before opening a series of dates for Low Anthem in the United Kingdom, began playing piano at the age of five, although she didn’t discover her penchant for songwriting until years later while studying at N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Experimental Theater Wing.
Earlier this year, Ices released her second album, Grown Unknown. Her forlorn vocals and chamber pop arrangements have drawn comparisons to Tori Amos and Cat Power, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon duets with her on one track on the album.
The Brooklyn -based pianist, singer, and songwriter released her debut album, Necima, in 2008, and reviewers called her a female Grizzly Bear and Sufjan Stevens. Dancing on a finely crafted line between the percussive qualities of her instrument and the melodic elements within the rhythm of her voice, Ices’ music reveals a timeless quality – it could be medieval folk or cutting-edge Scandinavian electronica. Ices’s voice floats and flutters like leaves from trees on a fleeting fall day, and the instrumentation matches that subtle dynamism.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.