Aly Spector, better known as her stage name Lady Lamb has come a long way from making music during night shifts at a video store in her hometown of Brunswick, Maine. Spaltro spent her closing shifts experimenting with songwriting and recording throughout the night, developing a sweetly melodic folk sound that can also pack a punch. Her first releases under the Lady Lamb name were hand-packaged recordings sold in her hometown’s record store. In 2010 Spaltro relocated to New York where she met producer Nadim Issa. The pair recorded her first album, Ripley Pine and released it on Brooklyn’s Ba Da Bing Records.
Ripley Pine proved to be an impressive debut, exhibiting Spaltro’s smooth, silky voice layered over the edgy, punk-inspired distortion of her band. On Lady Lamb’s second full-length After released in early 2015 by Mom+Pop Records, Spaltro turns down the volume a little bit but still manages to retain the indie-rock punch of her first album, while also letting her folky and emotionally-charged songwriting shine.
Compared to her debut, the most evident evolution on After can be found in the lyrics. Spaltro paints a vivid picture of a young person’s experience living in the modern age, with lyrics such as “I’m knawing my way back home/ The clouds look a lot like wool gone through the wash/ I check my phone for the time but I still wear my watch/ Yeah I’m confused about how I’m supposed to connect with anything now.” The songs on After show a maturity and poignancy, not to mention some damn-catchy hooks that are evidence of great thing to come from an exciting newcomer in indie rock.