Lia Ices Shares New Song “Hymn,” First New Music In 6 Years

Today singer-songwriter Lia Ices releases a gorgeous and ethereal new single “Hymn,” her first bit of new music in 6 years. Lia says, “‘Hymn’ touches on my relationship with “the muse”, or spirituality, or love — how I receive inspiration and give it back via the magic and mystery of the creative process, exposing both my introverted and extroverted self to the listener— which both exist as highly charged opposites in my art and personality. My good friend and director, Conor Hagen shot the accompanying video over the course of 9 months on super 8 film, while my band and I played shows up and down California and the pacific northwest last year. Playing music with others and for others is a ritual, there is an alchemy between band members, between audience and performer, between filmmaker and subject that is so powerful and humanly enriching and I am so grateful to have captured those moments. I realize now more than ever, that the magic of performance with the gift of music is my life source. And with the future of live shows being so unknown, this song and video are a bittersweet celebration of it all and a kind of intention setting of what I’ll be ready to return to.”

The single is out via Lia’s own Natural Music. “Making music is an intimate process for me,” Lia says, “I created Natural Music as a container to make the music I want to make, and to reveal it to the world in my own personal way. It’s empowering to connect more directly and build a community around the making and releasing of art — which, after more than ten years in the business, has been the most powerful aspect of making albums.” Watch the video for “Hymn” here

“Hymn” is Ices’ first California output and was written at her home on Moon Mountain in Sonoma, while Ices was pregnant with her first child. She and her band recorded the track in Los Angeles with producer JR White (Girls, Tobias Jesso Jr), and it was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Amen Dunes ) at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles. “Hymn” also marks a return to the piano, and Lia further states, “Coming to California and living on the mountain and being in nature, and then starting to grow a human, I wanted to make something without having any ulterior motives other than letting what naturally happens, happen.” “Hymn” also marks a return to the piano, and Lia further states, “Coming to California and living on the mountain and being in nature, and then starting to grow a human, I wanted to make something without having any ulterior motives other than letting what naturally happens, happen.”

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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