Brooklyn songstress Lia Ices is not alone in palying a soft whispered vocal over tender piano. A mere cursory glance at fellow female acts Feist and Cat Power reveals a similar summit of musical ideas: lovelorn musings threaded into the path of an impressive voice; glottal tumbling over stirring melodies amid gentle instrumentation.

Regaling an audience packed into intimate Brixton hideaway the Windmill however, it soon becomes apparent that Ices is an all-together different entity. Sailing through a brisk forty minutes of music that begins with the jerking handclaps of sophomore album title-track 'Grown Unknown' the songwriter makes known her quiet sense of adventure, a trait left perhaps slightly too quiet on record but amid the boom and clatter of her live band stand pronounced.

'Daphne' is an undoubted highlight of the evening. In its recorded form it features the talents of Justin Vernon, better known as the insurmountable Bon Iver. Stripped of its delicate studio arrangements and the gruff growl of the tracks guest-spot the song threatens to arrive as pared down but strangely triumphs in these absences. Instead it is given afforded a more morose and arresting makeover that teeters on the brink of collapse until its ailing minutes and the re-appearance of her band members.

Certainly Ices is still growing as a musician, contrary to the suggestion of her album title, she is nothing as definite as grown. But inch closer to Ices' ethereal wanderings and you'll see, as I did, an enticing artist with a more remarkable talent than she is credited with.