Already somewhat regarded a cult figure in Lyon France, where she lives and works as a film scorer, Australian multi-instrumentalist and solo artist LIA MICE was recently crowned “one of the pioneers of experimental pop” by Live And Die In Music for her unique musical direction and jois de vivre.
Feted by everyone from Entertainment Weekly to MTV Iggy, XFM, Triple J, and Jay Z’s Life + Times, Lia’s kaleidoscopic wonderland of cinematic pop takes cues from influences as broad as The Beatles (for their “obsessive progressing of pop music”), the “gripping emotion” of The Motels and INXS, the otherwordly arrangements of film composer Angelo Badalamenti and experimental production of contemporary electronic artists The Knife and Caribou. The result is “a trip down the rabbit hole, a through-the-looking-glass vision achieved with weird, dissonant harmonies and Mice’s naive vocal style” (The Thousands).
In support of her 2012 LP ‘Happy New Year’ released on Parisian boutique electronic label SVN SNS, Lia Mice toured to Japan, USA, Australia and Europe. At the end of the tour, Lia spontaneously relocated to France when her flight home was cancelled due to a hurricane. Her 2014 follow up LP ‘I Love You’, released on USA’s Old Flame Records, Australia’s Rice Is Nice and Japan’s MOORWORKS, sees Lia draw on her new exposure to French 60’s yé-yé pop, european cinema soundtracks and Lyon’s weirdo DJ nightlife, prompting Lia to be praised by The Australian as a “gifted songwriter” and MTV Iggy to name her Artist Of The week, saying “If only every flight cancellation resulted in a cool new way of life — and a dreamy new album like this excellent release”