Way back in 2007, I saw St. Vincent open for The National at New York City’s Terminal 5. At that time, St. Vincent was still a relatively unknown one-woman project consisting of Annie Clark, a guitar, a drum machine, and some amps. Few gave her the time of the day — that was until she started plucking away at that guitar and singing those sweet tunes that came to form Marry Me. It was an incredible performance, one that still sits vividly with me today. It was also the first thing I thought of when I saw Aly Spaltro perform for the first time.
Spaltro is the single creative force behind Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. She’s been around the scene for a few years now, recording great bedroom demos and performing shows along the East coast in between her job at a video rental store. Her ultra-personal narratives are soundtracked by virtuosic guitar work — the kind that’d make Annie Clark proud. And those vocals, packed with so much emotion and sincerity, will just make you cry.
Back in 2011, we awarded her with a CoSign and booked her to play a SXSW showcase. A lot’s changed since then: her vocals have become even more confident, her guitar playing evolved inordinately, and she finally found time to record her debut studio album. The 12-track Ripely Pine will hit stores on February 19th via Ba Da Bing Records. One of my favorite tracks from the album is “Bird Balloons”. It’s a tale of heartache which manages to be gritty and loud, soft and innocent — in other words, everything a guitar wants to be. Take a listen below.
Lady Lamb the Beekeepers 2013 Tour Dates:
02/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
02/12 – Washington, DC @ DC9
02/22 – Cambridge, MA @ T.T. the Bear’s *
02/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
03/02 – Portland, ME @ Space *
* = w/ Xenia Rubinos, Cuddle Magic