Lady Lamb

Even in the Tremor Cover Art by Erica Peplin

The music of Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro) ticks off so many boxes for me. But it is the unpredictability of her music; you never where a tune is headed. I love that her tracks stretch out and take lefts when you could swear she should be turning right. Based on this first track, she’s still going to keep me guessing on Even In The Tremor; out April 5th via the fine folks at Ba Da Bing Records. Here’s some more info via the PR team.

For Even in the Tremor, Spaltro turned inwards. Throughout, she recalls specific memories – having a tantrum in a batting cage, being baptised by her parents in a kiddie pool, untangling her girlfriend’s wet hair, feeling out of place while watching workers on their lunch break in Manhattan – resulting in a collection of songs that are deeply rooted in the people and places, extraordinary and mundane, that have shaped her into the self-determining artist that she is today. “I’ve never let myself be this exposed before,” she says, “but this whole album is about facing who you are and fighting your way toward self-acceptance.”

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Photo by Shervin Lainez

Lady Lamb, aka Aly Spaltro, is a HearYa fave. She’s released two phenomenal albums as well putting on a couple of amazing live shows that I’ve had to pleasure of soaking in. Today, she releases her EP, Tender Warriors and embarks on Living Room Tour. I can’t recommend her music and live show enough. This EP is a nice little stop-gap before her next LP, and she’s doing a living room tour as well. Here’s what Aly has to say.

“These songs served as a path for myself that making a conscious effort to stay tender, and be kind and patient towards myself when handling my own fears is the most fruitful way to maneuver them in personal relationships. Tender Warriors Club is not just a collection of songs. It is meant to serve as an emblematic space for people to relate in the shared interest of emotional vulnerability, using music as the collective form of self-expression. It is my hope that this work and concept can be a reminder to both myself and others to find the courage to remain sensitive through emotional challenges. I’d like to bring these themes into intimate spaces musically, without amplification or a traditional stage, as a means to connect through the aforementioned concept that striving to express oneself with tenderness is ultimately a strength.”

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Lady Lamb – After [album review]

by Woody on March 2, 2015

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Lady Lamb, aka Aly Spaltro, might not be keeping bees any more but that hasn’t stopped her from putting out an absolutely stunning sophomore effort. Two years ago I became infatuated with her music from her debut, Ripely Pine. That infatuation was reinforced by a ripping show at Schubas.

On my review of Ripley Pine, I commented that Spaltro reminded me of Will Sheff of Okkervil River. Her voice can be as fragile as a china doll one verse and can bristle with rage on the next. Her tunes are not what you would call formulaic or straight-forward and that complex nature fits her voice like a glove.

The third track, Violet Clementine, opens up with Spaltro singing a capella before a banjo kicks in. The song bounces along as a tasty little folk track. Then a bass line drops and you know you’re going for a ride. So much shit is going on. Left is right. Right is left. But somehow it sounds like it all belongs. That encompasses the brilliance that is Lady Lamb. You never know what the fuck is coming next? Sounds and transitions you would never imagine pushing up next to each other are the norm. The envelope isn’t so much as pushed; as it is ripped open like a piñata.

Spaltro’s last line on the album is “I know where I come from.” The fun part will be seeing where she goes because right now the possibilities are endless.

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