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Boomkat Product Review:
It all seems to be happening in Brooklyn nowadays. So many hotly tipped new artists seems to have ties to the place, and Lia Ices is another name to add to that list. Necima is the singer-songwriter's debut, arriving on the new Rare Book Room imprint, which has got off to a blinding start thanks to three brilliant long-players (including the excellent Living Bridge double album). Inevitably, comparisons will be made with Kate Bush and more contemporary artists like Feist and Bat For Lashes, and sure enough 'Medecine Wheel' follows along those lines - almost reproducing the vocal quirks of those artists at times - but it's actually pretty special nonetheless, combining clanging, heavy-handed piano chords with aggressive string arrangements. This pretty much sets up the tone of the album in general, but these seemingly rather stock arrangements serve the songs brilliantly. '(un)Chosen One' takes some of the focus away from the piano, bringing a little guitar into the mix, and at least in part suggesting Cat Power. It must be incredibly difficult trying to start out as a female singer-songwriter nowadays - especially with people like me comparing all new artists to other, already established female songwriters - but Lia Ices rises to the challenge.