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Lisa/Liza Radio Show - Boston Hassle


lisa liza / quilt / soft healer @ dreamhouse

august 2013 - Liz Pelly


#21. Lisa / Liza, Grief Wave. - DotsandDashes


I've been looking for something new to enrich those plaintive, late-night melancholic moments for a little while now and I think I've fount it in the shape of Lisa/Liza, a 23 year old singer / songwriter from Portland, Maine whose home-recorded lo-fi mini-album Ancient Edge is a wholly emotive and absorbing journey, full of tender, beautiful moments that pierce your heart and soul.

Opener "Black Out's" shadowy, dark tone is set off by sombre drum beats and echoey guitar, cavernous and fractured it's stronger and more defiant than the rest of the album which follows with "Grief Wave", where Liza's stark finger plucked melodies and poignant lyrics bare all to the listener, such soft, introspective emotion that sends shivers down your spine.

The rest of Ancient Edge is similarly minimal and sparse, the gorgeous "There in the Water" and "Song to Another Self" are perhaps easiest on the ear letting in slightly more light with Liza's lovely, soft voice blossoming around her simple compositions.

Beautiful and heart-wrenching, fans of minimal acoustic folk should find much to treasure here, wrap yourself in a warm blanket and immerse yourself in Lisa/Liza below, available to download on a pay-what-you-like basis from bandcamp now.. - JustMusicThatILIke


I’ve been sitting on this little gem for far too long. Portland’s Lisa/Liza 's 5 song EP is a heaven for lo-fi folksters. Armed with only her guitar and her reverb drenched vocals, her songs evoke sad psychedelic vistas and melancholy. Name your price at Bandcamp. Cop this if you like Grouper, Alela Diane et al. - Undomondo


Bedroom Singles invites New England musicians to tinker with the arrangements and performances of a song in a series of one-off recordings in an apartment studio. Lisa/Liza took the opportunity to expand her melancholic outsider folk from within, here building and juxtaposing additional textural layers sourced from the central melody. “Homecoming” thus becomes a hypnotic cycle of different doublings: the upper voice of the finger-picked guitar, the glockenspiel breaks, and (most interestingly) the phasing of double-tracked vocal vibrato.

The result is somber and spacious, a child’s lullaby played with the uneasy reverence of a Chopin nocturne. The vocals are all gentle vowels, like a memory you cherish but are losing. One is left with questions: Where is the brushed military march of the snare driving this homecoming procession? Are the doublings the joining of separate voices or the distortion of one?

The art is a perfect visual representation of this song: a humble image of a patterned rug, the sun streaming on it through a window, the light and shade playing against the perception of the pattern as the eye moves through it.

Lisa/Liza will be on tour this October, so keep a look out.

- See more at: http://www.bostonhassle.com/2013/08/28/lisaliza-homecoming/#sthash.vlkft8GL.dpuf - Boston Hassle


“Lo-fi alt acoustic melancholy."
- Avant-avant


/purely intimate/
/shining voice obscured by clouds/
/melted harmony/ - Antigravitybunny


Stunning Northeastern folk psych. - Avant-avant


Occasionally when you just so happen upon someone as ineffably special as Portland’s Liza Victoria, you stop and wonder a moment as to why there’s not a lot more widespread intrigue and so too acclaim about her every time she and her despondent acoustica should be recalled. And just as I was initially left perplexed by the existence of her native Portland, Maine as opposed to Portland, Oregon (which, as I now know, is stationed on the opposing coast of North America), I’m yet to comprehend the uncertainty intrinsic to the nom de plume for at least musically speaking, Victoria ambiguously masquerades as Lisa/Liza. What’s rather more explicitly ascertained, however, is her talent which is again lucidly exhibited on No Proof: lifted from her latest, The Starbird Ceiling EP, its languid eight minutes unfurl as though Sharon Van Etten’s Don’t Do It stamped into 7? and set to lugubriously whirl at 33 1/3 rpm. I mean there are moments at which her voice sounds as though it’s melting under the impassioned intensity of her weepy electric guitar and the searing ambience it evokes, though were it a deliquesced gloop it’s one I’d merrily bathe in all afternoon. You can (at least figuratively) do so below. - DotsandDashes


The more despondent strands of grief must be amongst the most crippling of emotions once entwined in the everyday, and yet it’s the yarn from which such great artistry has continually been spun over epochs and aeons. Portland, Maine’s Liza Victoria (at the minute operating under the slightly transparent nom de plume Lisa/Liza) is – and this becomes immediately apparent upon the pressing of play – the latest in a long line of great grief weavers. Grief Wave may sound as though recorded on Windows’ inbuilt voice recorder program, as static crackles and even silence hisses, yet this only adds to its laboriously dolorous, almost incantatory effects. It’s a dream; a dark and disenchanting nightmare for the lovelorn, but a beguiling piece of emotivity immortalised forever, no matter how lowly its fidelity may be. It’s profound, and vulnerable, and intensely affecting as, arguably, all recorded music ought to be. - DotsandDashes


The more despondent strands of grief must be amongst the most crippling of emotions once entwined in the everyday, and yet it’s the yarn from which such great artistry has continually been spun over epochs and aeons. Portland, Maine’s Liza Victoria (at the minute operating under the slightly transparent nom de plume Lisa/Liza) is – and this becomes immediately apparent upon the pressing of play – the latest in a long line of great grief weavers. Grief Wave may sound as though recorded on Windows’ inbuilt voice recorder program, as static crackles and even silence hisses, yet this only adds to its laboriously dolorous, almost incantatory effects. It’s a dream; a dark and disenchanting nightmare for the lovelorn, but a beguiling piece of emotivity immortalised forever, no matter how lowly its fidelity may be. It’s profound, and vulnerable, and intensely affecting as, arguably, all recorded music ought to be. - DotsandDashes


Liza is a 23 year old musician from Portland, Maine. With her album “Ancient Edge” serving as an honest and personal expression through vintage homemade folk-based acoustic sounds, she herself regards music mainly as a means of self-exploration.
“Music became something that I fell in love with because it allowed me to show myself, which is something my upbringing and childhood never encouraged me to do- after a pretty hectic childhood/ at 16 I finally found a stable home in the form of my best-friend’s family and that had such a greatly comforting and positive affect on me as well as my idea of the possibilities and applications of art and music. When I approach writing music I try to bring that sense of comfort I have experienced to the fore-front, it helps me write with honesty or something, or at-least with acceptance.”
Most of the tracks on Ancient Edge were created using a four-track recorder or tape loops from a reel to reel machine. You can download it via her bandcamp page by ‘naming your price’. - Foxydigitalis


Discography

King ME

Ancient Edge

Humble Noon

The Starbird Cieling

Homecoming (single)

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Bio

A project out of Portland ME by Liza Victoria mainly started as means of self-exploration, and continued as a passion for music and a gratitude for music. The band consists of percussion, guitar, and musical saw.