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Bit of slick and breathy alt-soulpop business here from Lia Ices, who was in the process of a "gradual move" from New York to California during the period of time in which this record was conceived and recorded. Consequently these are songs written in California and produced by Clams Casino in Brooklyn with vocals recorded in Atlanta. The result is a hazy and psychedelic slab of polished ethereal pop which incorporates all sorts of disparate influences. In their own words: "We allowed everything we loved to find its way in: Persian percussion, hip-hop beats, lo-fi, hi-fi, Pakistani pop, Link Wray, Jason Pierce, gospel, dub."
It doesn't sound like the weird mish-mash you might expect from something with such diverse starting points, though. The songs tend to be a blurry mixture of breathy vocals, softly bubbling grooves, soft synths and subtle live instrumentation filling out the sound and giving it a more organic feel. The strummy guitar and synth washes of 'Thousand Eyes' brings to mind Morcheeba, and 'Creature' lays a minimal glitch-hop groove over some wistful Enya/Julia Holter soul, and closer 'Waves' also impresses with its snails-pace groove, echoed vocals and soaring arcs of electric guitar. All in all a lovely mixture of slick modern wooze-hop production and imaginative but accessible songwriting.
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