Billions Of Eyes
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper’s Ripely Pine was 2013’s biggest surprise. While most of that record had been around for years via lo-fi bedroom recordings, Aly Spaltro’s fully-realized debut absolutely blew me away. Whether it was the balls-to-the-wall monster “Bird Balloons,” the beautiful “Florence Berlin” or the string crescendo of “You Are The Apple,” Lady Lamb was unparalleled in 2013 and is still one of the most unique singer-songwriter albums in recent history.
After a quiet 2014 — which featured an excellent cover of Kurt Vile’s “Girl Called Alex” — Spaltro is back today with “Billions of Eyes.” Featuring a Walkmen-esque guitar riff and an overall feel not too distant from Laura Marling‘s “Cross Your Fingers,” the Brooklyn via Portland, ME musician offers us her most straightforward and accessible track to date. While the key and tempo changes may be gone, Lady Lamb’s lyrics are better than ever, contrasting between the mundane (e.g., barely making the subway, falling into a pile of warm laundry) and poignant (e.g., a critique of modern technology, the death of her great grandmother’s sister). In both cases, no one writes the way Spaltro does.