Lia Ices, the Westport, CT bred singer-songwriter, has called New York's Hudson Valley her 'Out Of Office' for the past year and a half. She and her brother, Eliot, found a home in Livingston, NY, where Lia now spends most of time producing her new album, set to drop next spring. "I came up here with the sole purpose of writing and producing a psychedelic hip hop super pop album with my brother," Lia told us when we paid her an end-of-summer visit. She gave Marie Claire and exclusive look at the places and precious things (and furry critters) that help her escape the daily grind.
"I've always had a record player, but I've always wanted one with a walnut body…so this is a new addition and the speakers are my dad's from the '70s. All of my music is so, in a way, future music - software, applications, and so on — but this is still such a good way to listen to music…and, also, it's so fun to come up here and look for records — really rare records. I've been listening to Led Zeppelin a lot, and Muddy Waters, Electric Mud."
"This is the one space that's sort of the 'office' part of my getaway. It's my studio and where I make a lot of music…but it's a sanctuary in-and-of-itself and gives me a place to get creative and try out some sounds."
"They give you little map for the whole place so you can go and explore each section."
"It's kind of your own private library," she tells us as she walks into 'The White Cottage'.
"Every book is about $1.50 and they have every book you could ever want, so it's pretty easy to satiate any random obsession you might have…"
"It's the perfect spot for an enormous and delicious sleepy Sunday breakfast or for a cup of coffee while I'm hashing out lyrics for a new song."
"I've been fishing since I was a kid and love to come here by myself to just sit by the water and wait for a fish to bite. It's soothing."
"Family, loved ones, and animals (Emmet the dog. Iggy and Bo the twin cats)."