DOWNLOAD: Lia Ices – Love Is Won (Pink Mountaintops Remix)
Pink Mountaintops’ treatment of “Love Is Won,” the lead track off of Lia Ices’ 2011 album Grown Unknown, is a unique combination of electronic epic and old timey folk ballad. There are strange lyrics like “when we have animals we’ll start a tribe” and “love is won when we’re bound and still feel free” that seem culled from the tradition of The Old Weird America, but also buzzy synthesizers that would sound at home on David Bowie’s Low. Ices’ voice is warm and breezy, sounding at times eerily like her singer/songwriter forebear Judee Sill. What starts as just voice and piano slowly builds to a crescendo with layers of electronic noise, a subtle electric guitar playing country licks, and heartbeat-like drumming. It maintains the restrained, dramatic performances of Grown Unknown while still adding a bit of bombast.