Lady Lamb makes her national debut with some familiar tunes.
In November of 2010, Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, said goodbye to Maine at her sold-out show at SPACE Gallery. At age twenty-two she was already one of Portland’s top music draws, but she yearned for a new challenge. She wanted to make it nationally as singer-songwriter with a youthful look and small frame, but a powerful voice and a serious ability to rock an electric guitar. So she packed her ukuleles and guitars and left for Brooklyn, but not before getting a tattoo of Maine on her left arm.
The gamble seems to have paid off. Spaltro just released her first major record, Ripely Pine, to positive reviews from Time magazine and Pitchfork.com. Maine followers will recognize the songs: Spaltro wrote all of them as a teenager while working behind the counter at Bart & Greg’s DVD Explosion in Brunswick, tinkering with her sound in the basement after hours, fueled by Dr. Pepper and 7-11 doughnuts.
With the backing of major label Ba Da Bing Records, the songs have gained a new life. None though, from the uplifting “Regarding Ascending the Stairs” to the powerful “Crane Your Neck,” have lost the raw emotion of an eighteen-year-old discovering a talent that transcends state lines. — Will Bleakley