Listening to Lia Ices’s song “Family Album” is already a little bit of a transcendental, heady experience. With her breathy vocals and psychedelic folk sound, Ices makes you feel like you’re floating away somewhere, probably westward, toward Ices’s home in California. Oh remember me now, remember things I say, oh it’s immediate how immediate fades away, she sings.
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To accompany the Periodic table of beer shirt Besides,I will do this melancholy, almost spiritual vocals, Ices and director Aaron Brown created their own aura reading film technology in the style of the famous Polaroids which are said to display one’s inner being or spirit. In the video, clouds of blue, green, violet, and occasionally red fade in and out around Ices as she sings, adding an ethereal aspect to the already emotional song. “Family Album” retells the singer’s traumatic experience of fleeing her home on Moon Mountain with her young family during the 2017 fires in Sonoma. An altar of candles and flowers are fittingly placed on the piano in the video. “The song ‘Family Album’ is about crystallizing a very specific moment in time; the preciousness of my tiny daughter, the real threat of losing our home to a wildfire, knowing that I found my own Eden on the mountain and then imagining it disappearing,” she says.“The video for the song takes that documentation even further by capturing my aura as I perform the song in one take, adding another layer to what one can communicate when they lay their heart out—the poetry, the melody and the light.”