A couple of weeks ago I told you about Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, aka Aly Spaltro – the talented Brooklyn based musician who I can’t stop listening to. This weekend I got to see her live at the Northside Festival, where she reinforced the fact that she is one seriously talented lady.I was sitting at the bar at the Grand Victory, a new venue on Grand in Brooklyn, when Aly walked in – the guitar case on her back almost as big as she is. We talked briefly before she took the stage, just her and her guitar and a mic. The bar filled up as she took the stage, a steady murmur of voices and clinking glasses, but the moment she opened her mouth you could have heard a pin drop in the room, everyone stopped what they were doing and all eyes were on her. For the first song (the amazing “Up in the Rafters/Bird Balloons” – listen to it below) it was just her voice at first, smooth but with a slight grunginess to it, was more powerful than the four-piece band who were on stage before her; before unleashing the electric guitar in the second part of the song. Don’t let her youthful appearance and small size fool you, she sings with a strength and wisdom befitting of someone with many years and experiences under their belt. Here are a few photos from the show and an interview with Aly – and listen to some of her tunes while you read!
If your music was a place where would it be?
Probably a place like Coney Island…nostalgic, bright, and pretty grimey.
What do you love most about Brooklyn?
The architecture, the bakeries and desserts, McGolrick Park, and grandparents.
Where do you draw inspiration for your music?
Longing, the past, coastal Maine, the challenge and fulfillment in wording a specific personal experience to attempt to make it universally relatable.
What is your favorite music venue in Brooklyn?
I have so many! The Bell House, The Knitting Factory, Glasslands, Cameo Gallery, Union Hall…I could go on!
How would you describe your personal style?
What are you currently in love with?
Pie, walking all day, making eye contact with strangers, reggaeton music.
Can you tell me a little bit about the album you’re working on?
This new record is my first studio endeavor! I made it at Let ‘Em In Music Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn with Nadim Issa. It is comprised of a few new songs that have never been recorded, plus, for the first time, a handful of songs from my last release of demos, “Mammoth Swoon” fully realized in their most definitive form. It is also my first record with full instrumentation, with many of the songs being fleshed out with drums, bass, and even string and horn arrangements. We just finished tracking after nearly seven months, and the record will be mixed and mastered soon. I have never labored so meticulously over anything I’ve ever made as I did with this record, and the result is very thoughtful and very loved. I think that my nurture and care for it comes through… I don’t have a proper release date just yet, but I am so thrilled to share it soon!
Photos by Julia.