Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeper made quite the impression on me with her debut, Ripely Pine and a live set that I caught at Schubas. Since then she covered Girl Called Alex by Kurt Vile and made the HearYa Top 50 in 2013. Well now she’s signed to Mom + Pop Records and will be releasing her new album, After, on March 3rd. Here’s some info from her PR firm.

To many, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (aka Aly Spaltro) is an enigma. Her songs are at once intimate and unbridled- both deeply personal and existentially contemplative. Spaltro is a fearless performer who can command a pitch-black stage with nothing more than her voice. Yet, when the band bursts in and the lights come up, what began as a demonstration of restraint shifts seamlessly into an emphatic snarl.

It was in Spaltro’s home state of Maine that she first found her voice among thousands of films in the independent rental store where she worked the closing shift. After hours, Spaltro would create songs completely uninhibited by musical conventions, learning to play and sing as she hit record. A handful of these songs were carefully curated and fully arranged for her debut studio album, Ripely Pine (Ba Da Bing! Records).

On her newest work, After, Spaltro explores dualities further – giving equal attention to both the internal and external, the before and after. Her most palpable fears and memories are on display here, with a familiar vulnerability even more direct than her last effort. These new works – which found Spaltro co-producing with her Ripely Pine partner Nadim Issa – are sonically vibrant, with an assertive use of grit and brightness. Thematically, they provide direct insight into Spaltro’s rumination on mortality, family, friendships, and leaving home. Where Ripely Pine sometimes lacked in personal narrative and directness is where After shines. The last line on After encompasses the self-assurance of the work as a whole, stating “I know where I come from.” This theme is constant throughout the album.

I might be adding 1 + 1 and getting 3 but I would imagine that due to the release date, she’ll be down at SXSW. She’s not one to be missed. I can guarantee Jefe and I will be at one set.

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeper covering Kurt Vile

by Woody on February 5, 2014

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper put out one of our favorite albums in 2014. So did Kurt Vile. Now as luck would have it, Lady Lamb has covered Kurt Vile’s Girl Called Alex. Check them both out below.

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is Aly Spaltro, but who the hell is Aly Spaltro? Based on the dynamic nature of her full-length debut, Ripely Pine; that is a tough question to answer. The first picture I saw of Aly had her in a big floppy hat and a linen blouse. It was easy to assume that her music was going to see some floral folk, potentially pretty, blah, blah, blah.

I’m here to tell you that Spaltro wears many hats. I could see her playing the Ryman as easy as playing solo in a coffee house in Brooklyn. Its as easy as seeing her play Chicago Theater with a full orchestra as it would be to see her tearing up the Bottle at 1AM. Spaltro’s record has be flummoxed like no debut has in awhile, and that is fantastic. She’s an onion and I’m just starting to peel back the layers.

Her voice and ability reminds me of Will Sheff & Okkervil River. I always have a hell of time explaining Okkervil to a non-fan and Sheff’s voice is also adaptive too many styles. Bird Balloons, a song that she writes, “the inception of this song was the first true catalyst that gave me the confidence to be musically vulnerable and entirely myself.” At a time, when whiny songs about ex-boyfriends are being nominated for a Grammy, Bird Balloons is a like a slap across the face. Working around a fierce guitar lick; it combines regret, vulnerability and fury over a dizzying six minutes. Here are a couple of verses. One seems vulnerable while the latter seems maniacal

So how about I play the harp and you play that piano
pull the curtains shut and nest like little sparrows
My limbs, my love are lost on you
My limbs, my love belong to you.

This is my loss of love, my loss of limb
You were my friend
and now
I’m a ghost and you all know it
I’m singing songs and I ain’t stopping
My hair grew long so I fucking cut it
and when you looked away
I snuck those trimmings in your locket
haha.

The track after Bird Balloon is spun around a banjo and belongs on a porch. You could see her playing this at an awards show sitting a stage by herself. And then at about 3 minutes, a curtain would rise the rest of the band kicks in. A few songs later, Rooftop shows she can knock out a three minute radio friendly song.

I included videos of the aforementioned tunes where she performs them solo with an electric and banjo. Her talent is limitless. I’m infatuated with Aly Spaltro and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Mark my words, if she keeps churning albums like this, she will be mentioned amongst indie greats like Sharon Von Etten, Annie Clark

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Lady Lamb The Beekeeper – Rooftop [mp3]

by Woody on November 28, 2012

Lady Lamb the Beekeepers is 23 y/o Aly Spatro. Originally from Maine, she adopted the moniker when she started handing out her CDs for free. That way people wouldn’t know it was actually her on the free CD.

Since then she’s moved to Brooklyn and met up with producer Nadim Issa. Together they spent a good chunk of time putting together her debut Ripely Pine. Ripely Pine will be released on February 19th via Ba Da Bing Records. And I’m willing to go out on a limb and guess that she’ll be at SXSW this year.

Rooftop by Ba Da Bing Records

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