To many, Lady Lamb is an enigma. Her songs are at once intimate and unbridled– both deeply personal and existentially contemplative. Aly 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. 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. After boasts driving rhythms, bold melodies, candid lyricism, and a growling sonic stamp that is all her own.
Spaltro’s formative years were full of change – moving houses, cities, and countries every three years until she landed in her family's home state of Maine. It was here that Spaltro found her voice among thousands of films at
Bart & Greg’s DVD Explosion, an independent rental store in the small coastal town of Brunswick. During the day Spaltro would rent movies to the locals. At night she would lock up, pull out her 8-track recorder, and create
songs completely uninhibited by musical conventions, learning to play and sing as she hit record. These creations brought forth nearly one hundred recordings, twelve of which were carefully curated and fully realized on her
2013 full-length studio debut Ripely Pine (released on Ba Da Bing! Records). Ripely Pine garnered praise for its lyrical intricacies, emotive vocals, and often unpredictable musicality, introducing Spaltro as a formidable new artist.
In between tours, Spaltro returned home, focusing with laser-like intent on writing, arranging, and demoing the songs on After. These new works - which found Spaltro co-producing with her Ripely Pine partner Nadim Issa at his Brooklyn studio, Let 'Em In - 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.
There are many songs on After that explore themes of a much larger scale. In “Heretic” Spaltro sings of a childhood UFO sighting in Arizona. In “Batter” she dies in a plane crash, while in “Spat Out Spit” she questions whether she was even born at all. Alternatively, in “Billions of Eyes” Spaltro can "only see into her suitcase," her mind simultaneously present and wandering as she "gnaws [her] way back home." The tender and sparse “Ten” delves into her mother’s childhood diary, giving the listener a clear view throughout into some of Spaltro's warmest memories of her loved ones. Ripely Pine was marked by an undeniable passion and confidence, but where it 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 a constant throughout After, as Spaltro seeks to allow the listener to move in closer than ever before, to reflect on the past with grace, and envision the future with fervor. Spaltro invites us to contemplate the dualities that make us human, encouraging the celebration of both fear and love: internally and externally, before and after.
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Her lyrical muscle lets Lady Lamb oscillate between the visceral and the mundane without so much as a knowing lilt in her voice. Both modes come easily to her, and the tension between them is fertile. -PITCHFORK 7.4
She's a songbird with a bleeding heart and lungs three times too large for her body. - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND A-
On After, Spaltro shines as a songwriter who doesn’t shy away from pairing her prose with out-there arrangements. -PASTE MAGAZINE 8.8
After's strongest moments reside in the boisterous, discordant arcs of "Vena Cava," "Billions of Eyes," "Spat Out SPit" and "Arkansas Daughter," which perpetuate this strident, emotional waltz. -THE VILLAGE VOICE
the Brooklyn-via-Maine musician exudes both plucky confidence and precocious serenity as she unspools intimate, often strange tales. -INTERVIEW MAGAZINE
Lady Lamb has knocked it out of the park with this one, giving you pop hooks as well as depth of sound. This is one of those records you will tell all your friends about. -AUSTIN TOWN HALL 4.5/5
a collection of surrealist folk rock that grounds the dream-like imagery of her past work in the hard specifics of concrete events. -ROLLING STONE
What's been said about 1st single, "BILLIONS OF EYES"
“Spaltro herself seems to be interested in removing the veil between herself and her audience entirely, sharing her deepest, most unassuming romantic ponderings on lead single “Billions of Eyes”. Yet that track’s garage rock influences and danceable rhythms prove that even as she lays utterly exposed, Spaltro is still a mighty and righteous performer brimming with rock star charisma.” - Consequence of Sound
“The song is a bouncy and bright feel-good track with lyrics that’ll make you spin.” - Paste Magazine
“After, due March 3 via Mom + Pop — promises further refinement and deeper growth of her art-folk epics, which vary in run time, scope, and volume, but never sincerity.”- SPIN [January 2015 Artist To Watch]
On "Billions of Eyes", the epic-in-miniature first single from her upcoming follow-up, After, she describes the clouds on a gray day "like wool gone through the wash." ...That line ushers you into Spaltro's invitingly skewed world, where running for the train becomes an action movie and where simply boarding a plane beckons a bad case of stage fright. - Pitchfork
“‘Billions Of Eyes’ soars high, making jangly folk-pop into something anthemic. The lyrics are especially something great, balancing between idiosyncratic and poignant…” - Stereogum
What's been said about 2nd single, 'Spat Out Spit'
"The song showcases Spaltro’s engrossing, idiosyncratic musical arrangements and versatile voice, which zooms from an offhanded murmur to robust and full-throated." --The Wall St. Journal
"[Spaltro's] exalted voice breathes new life into what could otherwise be considered a fairly minimal track. That, accompanied by the song's whimsical lyric video, makes After a record to look forward to." --Stereogum
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