If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans who happen to be recording artists in their own right. This week’s Desert Island Discs list comes courtesy of singer/songwriter Lia Rose, currently promoting her latest release, When You Need Me Most. Take it away, Lia!

Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More
Absolutely brilliant album.  I love every song on there. It is equal parts intense, dark, and uplifting.  This one is probably my number one essential.

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Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
Incredible. And I’m still unfolding more and more with each listen.  Actually, if I could just say “The Arcade Fire’s newest album at the time of said faraway travel” … that would be best because I just know that it’ll be awesome and it would be great to bring with me a fresh new thing that I know I’ll love.

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Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can
First I must say that her voice just melts me right down. The gentle quality, almost like a whisper at times, puts me right at ease.  And her songs, well, they are so good and so honest. I enjoy singing along to this album possibly more than any I’ve ever sung along to. I wouldn’t want to be without this one.

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Radiohead: Kid A
Genius.  So intricate.  This would actually give me the opportunity to really experience this album as a whole again and again which I’ve been meaning to do anyway.  Peel back the layers.

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From Monument to Masses: On Little Known Frequencies
I would happily let this album infiltrate my mind for many many listens.  I almost put Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea … but I’ve perhaps delved into that one enough and this Monument’s album would serve both as good food for thought (they blend in incredibly potent speeches from powerful people with their music) and also just knock-out instrumentals. So good. So good.

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After several years fronting her band Built for the Sea, Lia Rose has found herself starting off 2011 with a double shot of excitement – she has simultaneously debuted as the newest member of rising San Francisco indie folk mainstays Or, The Whale, and just released her debut solo album, When You Need Me Most. Even though the record was made with the support of her Built for the Sea bandmates, Lia’s solo debut carries a distinctly personal, heartbreaking sound and feeling all its own, adorned by strings, horns, and beautiful sensitivity. Check out this live clip of Lia performing “Sister” from her CD release show at San Francisco’s Roxie theater, and find out more about Lia at her official site. And while you’re at it, pick up a copy of her album too.

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Michael Fortes began writing for Popdose upon its launch in January of 2008, following a music writing journey that began with his high school newspaper and eventually led to print and web publications such as Performer Magazine and Bullz-Eye.com. Born and raised in The Biggest Little State in the Union (otherwise known as Rhode Island), Michael relocated in 2004 to San Francisco, where he works as an office professional during the day, sings harmonies in Sugar Candy Mountain at night, and religiously supports the local San Francisco Bay Area music scene nearly every chance he gets.

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