12 Songs, 1 Hour, 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Buzzing with raw, infectious energy, this debut by young singer/songwriter Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (a.k.a. Aly Spaltro) announces an exciting new voice in indie rock. Lurching from arresting full-bodied band arrangements to sparse DIY moxie, sometimes within the same song, this sprawling album holds nothing back. Its unpredictability is a major asset. “Bird Balloons” is forceful and frenzied, while the next track—the folky, banjo-driven “Regarding Ascending the Stairs”—is sweetly vulnerable. And so it goes for a full hour of music. Performing with emotional abandon, Spaltro employs vivid lyrical imagery and angular tempo shifts to keep listeners off-balance and engaged. “Aubergine” features a triumphant horn section, “You Are the Apple” is an exhilarating seven-minute thrill ride, and “Crane Your Neck” carefully builds to a galloping finish. Spaltro could have edited more closely without losing much, as some tracks meander longer than necessary. Yet it’s hard to fault her ambition and fearless experimentation. Overall, Ripely Pine is a dazzling and dramatic work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Buzzing with raw, infectious energy, this debut by young singer/songwriter Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (a.k.a. Aly Spaltro) announces an exciting new voice in indie rock. Lurching from arresting full-bodied band arrangements to sparse DIY moxie, sometimes within the same song, this sprawling album holds nothing back. Its unpredictability is a major asset. “Bird Balloons” is forceful and frenzied, while the next track—the folky, banjo-driven “Regarding Ascending the Stairs”—is sweetly vulnerable. And so it goes for a full hour of music. Performing with emotional abandon, Spaltro employs vivid lyrical imagery and angular tempo shifts to keep listeners off-balance and engaged. “Aubergine” features a triumphant horn section, “You Are the Apple” is an exhilarating seven-minute thrill ride, and “Crane Your Neck” carefully builds to a galloping finish. Spaltro could have edited more closely without losing much, as some tracks meander longer than necessary. Yet it’s hard to fault her ambition and fearless experimentation. Overall, Ripely Pine is a dazzling and dramatic work.

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About Lady Lamb

Originally Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Lady Lamb is the stage name used by Aly Spaltro, a singer and songwriter whose music is a beguiling and imaginative fusion of folk, pop, and indie rock. Spaltro was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1990, and relocated to Brunswick, Maine with her family in 2003. A serious film enthusiast, Spaltro became a regular customer at a video rental shop in Brunswick, Bart & Greg's DVD Explosion, and after graduating from high school, she took a job at the shop during a gap year before entering art school. Spaltro was working the closing shift at DVD Explosion, and with the permission of the owners, she used the space as a makeshift music studio after hours, writing and recording songs on makeshift gear from late at night into early in the morning. In 2007, she began releasing home-crafted recordings of her songs, featuring her own artwork and sold at a local music store; instead of billing herself as Aly Spaltro, she used the name Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, taken from some late-night jottings in her journal. Hoping to expand her boundaries as a musician, Spaltro moved to Portland, Maine in 2008, and began making a name for herself on the local music scene. In 2013, she was approached by Brooklyn, New York's Ba Da Bing Records to record an album, and Ripely Pine became Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's first nationally distributed release. The album earned enthusiastic reviews and led to extensive touring in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom. She jumped to Mom + Pop Records for her next full-length album, 2015's After. It landed on the Billboard rock, independent, and Heatseekers albums charts. She followed it in late 2016 with the vulnerable Tender Warriors Club EP, which saw her officially crop her pseudonym to Lady Lamb. ~ Mark Deming

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