Twenty-one-year-old Aly Spaltro may play under a cute, storybook-like moniker, but don’t let the name fool you. Her songs have more in common with the original tales of the Brothers Grimm than with their G-rated Disney reincarnations.
Perhaps a more fitting descriptor for Lady Lamb the Beekeeper’s music can be found in the title of her latest album: Mammoth Swoon. There’s a startling intensity to Spaltro’s deep voice. It will sweep you up and send you hurtling into a vivid world of bad dreams, ghosts, and yes, even wolf attacks.
Of course, Spaltro sings about more conventional themes like heartbreak and longing, but even then, her striking lyrics prevent her songs from becoming trite. For Spaltro, the need to be close to someone translates to, “I wish to fall asleep in your marrow.”
But as evidenced by the odd syncopation in “Penny Licks,” Mammoth Swoon isn’t without its quirks. Occasionally, the production value takes a dip or a chord is missed. But instead of faltering under the weight of its flaws, it somehow emerges more sure-footed and engrossing. Spaltro’s voice, though raw and ragged one minute, pours forth like honey the next.
Take a listen to “Penny Licks.”