OUT NOW
Ripley Pine  
Label: Ba Da Bing
Formats: CD/ LP/ DL
 
TRACKLISTING:
01. Hair To The Ferris Wheel
02. Aubergine 
03. Florence Berlin
05. Regarding Ascending The Stairs
06. You Are The Apple
07. Mezzanine
08. Little Brother
09. Crane Your Neck
12. Taxidermist, Taxidermist
 
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CONTACT:
Nita Keeler 
nita.keeler@gmail.com
+44 (0)1600 892 690
 
 
LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER
CONFIRMED AS MAIN SUPPORT TO NEKO CASE on UK AND EU Dates
Debut album Ripley Pine OUT NOW on Ba Da Bing

"One of the most visceral break-up albums the genre has ever offered up, this debut … is a work whose honesty, uncompromising ambition and caution-to-the-wind recklessness leave you short of breath." Sunday Times

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (aka 23 year-old Maine-bred, Brooklyn-based Aly Spaltro) released her debut album, Ripely Pine, earlier this month via Ba Da Bing Records.
 
Having already supported Sarah Blasko at The Barbican, Aly is now set support Neko Case on her European dates including a show at London's Village Underground on 24th May. In addition she will headline The Sebright Arms on 3rd June
 
UK / EU DATES
(All shows as Support to Neko Case unless otherwise stated)
24-May UK London Village
Underground
25-May DE Schorndorf Manufaktur
26-May DE Colonge
27-May DE Berlin Heimathafen
28-May NL Amsterdam Paradiso (upstairs)
29-May BE Brussels AB Club
30-May CH Zurich Bogen F
03-Jun UK London Sebright (headline)
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Presenting cinematic lyrics over complex structures with melodies running rampant, plus the intensity and confidence she portrays on stage, this debut album is a pure representation of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper.
 
To get a further feel for Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and her continuous interest in all things pie watch the new video for “The Nothing Pt II,” directed by Portland filmmaker David Meiklejohn and premiered this today via SPIN. In the video, a mysterious person wearing a fencing outfit kidnaps people and brings them to a dark dungeon. Upon waking, the prisoners find themselves bound to a table with a pie in front of each of them, awaiting their uncertain fate, when the rogue fencer appears once again.
 
"'Bird Balloons'' transformative powers are totally undeniable; the six-minute song wrenches its way through about eight different movements, bolting and reeling like the Tom Verlaine-produced Jeff Buckley record, Sketches for my Sweetheart the Drunk, guitars seething like Helium's ‘Superball’, violin marauding like Dirty Three's Warren Ellis playing siren to lost ships on a stormy night." -- Pitchfork

"There's an endearing theatricality at work in her songwriting, with mad breathlessness giving way to oases of calm . . . " -- Village Voice

"Anyone who has ever seen and heard Aly Spaltro on a stage can testify to her powers as a live performer. As Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, she is the unsettling combination of ferocious and tender, the kind of singer who veers from serene to unhinged within a turn of phrase.” -- Boston Globe

"Plenty of albums mine youthful angst; far fewer offer any answers. Spaltro pleads and howls her way to the crux of the matter, finds her own way out, and leaves a poetic map behind for the rest of us." -- Consequence of Sound
MORE ABOUT LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER
 
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper presents a mantra of individuality. Ripely Pine proves she has a lot to say for herself and certainly doesn’t need anybody’s help to do it.

More than anything, Aly Spaltro has 20,000 second-hand DVDs to thank for her first album. Despite being recorded at a proper studio in her recently adopted home of Brooklyn, Ripely Pine showcases songs conceived during her tenure at Bart’s & Greg’s DVD Explosion in Brunswick, Maine. Little did customers know, the same store they’d drop off their Transformers movies was providing the ideal four-year cocoon for the development of a major musical talent.

Aly worked the 3pm-11pm shift. Each night, after locking up, she’d walk past Drama and Horror, pull out her music gear from behind a wall of movies, and write and record songs until morning broke. She did this every day, drawing strength from the monotony of her routine.
During those nightly creative spells, Spaltro tested out multiple techniques, approaches and instrumentation. She brought whatever state she was in that day to the music, which served as raw expressions of her lyrical thoughts. Anger, confusion, love, happiness, and sadness reigned, and the songs ran rampant, with little form or structure. Isolated for those many hours, Aly let melodies morph together, break apart, and pair up. This is how she taught herself to write music and sing.

Spaltro chose to give herself a band name, because she had only two outlets for giving out her music: Bart’s & Greg’s, and record store next door, the beloved independent Bull Moose. She arranged her CDs on the counters as free offerings, and seeing how she was often the employee at the register, didn’t tell people it was her music.

That’s how Lady Lamb the Beekeeper became one of the most beloved performers in Portland. Her live shows were unhinged, as melodies followed an internal logic only apparent to Spaltro herself. She sang and played guitar, and the songs offered a vivid yet brief snapshot into her expanse world. Their full glory remained in her head for reasons of access and cost. And anyway, who the hell would be able to play along with her, seeing how they followed no formal logic? Thus, she developed as a solo performer, careening from hums to screams within seconds, but always maintaining self-control.

At 23, with five years of taking music seriously under her belt, when she ventured to the next milestone - recording an album. This would be the first time she did so in a professional studio (not just her and her 8-track) and the first time she shared the process with anyone else. Luckily, she met Nadim Issa at Let ‘Em Music in Brooklyn. He was taken enough by her abilities to dedicate nine full months towards the recording of Ripely Pine, and she, with his producing abilities, to ease comfortably into making him a part of her recording process. She wrote everything: all the songs, all the arrangements. And the two of them assembled an album that finally fit what existed in Spaltro’s mind. Keeping the songs’ stark rawness, the record is a pure representation of her sound.

Ripely Pine shouts the introduction of a new talent from every groove. Here, finally, are recordings of Lady Lamb The Beekeeper that come as close as possible to conveying the intense majesty of her live shows. And, much like her live performances, a narrative breathes through the record’s progression. The album opens with urgency and anger, settles into reconciliation and reciprocation, and ultimately reaches towards resolution, realizing infatuation leads to a loss of self; instead, embracing one’s own strengths is the most powerful thing of all.
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