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boring trip hop with earnestly authentic vocals? i'm leaning that way, but i've been informed i'm wrong! so, am i? convince me they're not dull...

gareth, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There are maybe two tracks on their second album which I would call trip-hop. Most of their stuff defies description for me; it's obviously related to hradcore/drum 'n bass/trip-hop, but has a pop- jazz flavor to it that makes it unique. (Bear in mind that I haven't heard the third album yet; it might suck, but the first two ar great.)

Search: "Cotton Wool" (original mix and Fili Brazilia remix), "Lusty", "Softly", "Little Things", "B-Line", "God Bless", "Zero", "Fella", "Ear Parcel", "Alien".

Dan Perry, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dan leaves off a certain Blatantly Obvious Choice that remains one of my favorite songs of all time, but he is wise to call attention to all these other great tunes as well. I have to second his description, and must thank him and a couple of other folks on a.m.a. for turning my head around regarding them. I initially thought of them as Yet Another Portishead Wannabe, but Fernando in particular said they had something much more to them than that. So I picked up the first album cheap and realized the truth of his words.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There heretofore unnamed Blatantly Obvious Choice, I believe, is Gorecki. Wildly lovely song.

Lee, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Quite so.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Gold", "Lullaby" and "All In Your Hands" are all worth having too. They do not actually sound anything like Portishead, and I suspect those who say so probably have listened to neither extensively.

"B-Line" possibly has one of the best videos of the 90s too.

EdwardO, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The first album, particularly the singles, always struck me as evidence that the band "got" jungle more than probably any other pop group. "Godbless", "Cotton Wool" and "Gold" are all glorious: endlessly listenable, compulsively rhythmic, perfectly balanced between dance music and pop. And I certainly thought "Gorecki" was my favourite song ever for about two or three months back in early '97. Although now I'm actually more attached to the Global Communications remix, which turned it into eerily hypnotic and dreamlike dancefloor drum & bass.

From memory the second album is also good; although I don't think it produces as many perfect moments as the first album, it goes in more directions, stretches further. My sister stole my copy though, and I was happy enough with one Lamb album I guess.

The first single from the new album certainly fits your description, so I haven't bothered checking them out again.

Tim, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search! I don't really hear any glaring similarities to Portishead.

patrick, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I perhaps didn't state my case clearly enough -- having taken the chance on them more thoroughly, I do not think they sound like Portishead, though at one point I certainly had heard something that made me think of them. Please relax. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hmm, I just realize - something made me think this was a search/destroy thread when in fact it is not. ooops

patrick, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i really like the debut album.

thats it. the newer stuff is dull dull dull

ambrose, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't mention "Gorecki" because I figured that it was blatantly obvious that that song is brilliant, wonderful, indispensible, etc. Also, I was trying to avoid the tracks which could possibly be described as trip-hop.

Dan Perry, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Lamb's debut is so classic. For about 10 seconds, the breaks on the first song "Lusty" mystified me because they were so disjointed -- then all of the sudden it came together in my head like a revelation, tied together by Lou Rhodes' voice ... you can hear her folk background, courtesy of her mom, in the way she pauses on certain syllables, but she enunciates with that raspy, self-affirming jazz singer sensuality ("All alone, in this heat/my thoughts start to wander ... and the sun burns my skin/but it's outside, and in"). It's definitely a summer album, that was the time I purchased it .. I've found most of their music to be uplifting and energetic, far from the dour gloom of Portishead (which I also love).

I was a little disappointed with their second album, "Fear of Fours." It lacked the seemingly-simple atmosphere of the first album, all those dense swooning synth-string arrangements set up by Andy Barlow. The more overtly jazz flavor (live bass, sampled horns, etc.) was alright after I got used to it, but the album seemed less dance-focused and not correspondingly more strong in songwriting to make up for that. The torch songs seemed a bit generic, too, but there were some great remixes from that album (Global Communications' hyperspeed drum-n-bass remix of "Gorecki," Andy Votel's broken-glass- infused noir-ish take on "B Line"). Haven't heard their recently- released third album, "What Sound," but I'm very hesitant -- guest spots across the board by people like Michael Franti and Me’shell Ndegeocello don't have me saving up the pennies and dimes.

Dare, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dan - surely giving a 'jazzy' flavour to 'trip-hop' does not make a band unique?

They don't sound anything like Portishead. I still haven't enjoyed the half-dozen tracks I know though. "Gorecki"'s intensity is surely genuine but also seems dreadfully heavy-handed.

Tom, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dan - surely giving a 'jazzy' flavour to 'trip-hop' does not make a band unique?

If you can do so without crossing over into insipid acid jazz territory, it does.

Dan Perry, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Actually Lamb - at least initially - struck me as being one of the more 'tracky' of the post-Portishead bands. I like the fact that for the songs on the first album the groove is usually the hook (the bass line in "God Bless" is a good example) rather than just being the comforting/numbing background. A lot of it reminds me of 2-step, actually, in the tension between groove and song.

Also their sound was very orchid-like, very much like a greenhouse, which I think is quite unusual and worth treasuring.

Tim, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Lamb's new album is actually rather pleasant. You wouldn't even know that Franti was there unless someone held your ear to the speaker.

'Gabriel' and 'Sweet' are both excellent singles, and there's at least three or four other half decent tracks.

They DO NOT sound like Portishead in the slightest. If anything, they remind me slightly of Mulu.

That is all...

Zanny Gognet, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Can I reemphasize the 'please relax' part of my post up above re: Portishead? Were most of you people chased through the streets by rabid hordes claiming otherwise? ;-)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's just that that's what everybody sez, Ned.

Josh, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Also their sound was very orchid-like, very much like a greenhouse, which I think is quite unusual and worth treasuring.

This is a very lovely statement, Tim, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what you mean by it.

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing -- hothouse atmosphere, exists in own universe, fragile but possessed of great beauty. Which works (and yes, lurvly way of putting it).

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hmm. "Hothouse atmosphere" implies to me "hot and heavy", ie "euphemism for wildly erotic". A lot of Lamb's music is powerful, but I don't find it erotic. Most of it is clinically evocative for me, if that makes any sense. (By this, I mean that I hear a song like "Gorecki" and, while it is lush, warm and beautiful, I pick up a strong sense that it was created via an algorithm designed to produce warm, lush sounds. The Lamb sound can be thick or thin, but it rarely sounds organic, for lack of a better word.)

I don't know if I'm explaining myself well here.

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Well, hothouse atmosphere can also mean this -- protected against buffetted cold and winds and other stuff outside, 'artificial' environment, one not 'supposed' to exist. Do you SEE?

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You guys are totally disregarding the artist's (ie. my) intentions. But I'll explain further when I get back from uni.

Tim, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You guys are totally disregarding the artist's (ie. my) intentions.

*cries*

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

All of a sudden Tim is Prince. But does he look as fabulous in lace shirts and high-heeled boots?

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It *is* Tim, after all. I've seen a photo. He could rival Sean for compliments.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

re: hothouse

Ned comes pretty damn close to what I mean.Some things I think can be heard particularly on the first three tracks + "Merge" and "Gold" on debut:

The beats are really *jungle* - whipping back and forth, fiddly- diddly things that are nonetheless both strong and integral groovewise. One of the problems with a lot of the over-intelligent jungle circa 95-96 is that they became too light'n'wispy to carry the groove. On something like "God Bless" the beats are like a shudder, a reflexive spasm, but the groove is utterly commanding, slyly stalking things. There's a balance between lazy grace and danger that says African savanna to me.

I'm always impressed by just how good the breakbeat manipulation on this album is. Especially on "God Bless" and "Gold" (my favourite tracks obv.) there's something very flowing about the rhythms that I can't put my finger on. Something about the interplay between the live bass and the breakbeats is... not natural sounding, but suggestive of natural forces. There's a paradox there that I don't know I can disentangle.

Also, the sounds on this album are *flushed* with heat: shimmering flutes, warm live bass, bright sparkly synth squiggles (bright, but if there is light here it's not clean white light. Greens, yellows, reds maybe). And Louise's slow, almost drawled vocals counters the fast pace of the music perfectly - she's like the sound of shoots growing, buds opening etc.

Tim, Wednesday, 20 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

apparently very big in Portugal you know

JB, Wednesday, 20 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, they're very big in Portugal. New album went gold (honest!), has been in the Top 30 since it came out, and they've been playing here every year since God knows when. The audiences go wild with Lamb in Portugal (honest!), and the band themselves get a little carried away sometimes. There was actually a sort of riot in a summer festival a few years ago, when the band wasn't allowed to keep on playing. The guy from the group (don't rememeber his name) went mad, and the audience started throwing plastic bottles towards the stage. There must some sort of sociological explanation for this, but let's not get into that right now.

jml, Wednesday, 20 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

erotic - theres definately something of that in the debut album. lou rhodes sounds like some old witch whos 'dying for a fuck' (as they used to say on Jam). she kinda scares me, but she also sounds well desperate. cottonwool is the best song i thing. 'youre waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarmmmmm skin...i could wrap you up in cottowooooooool'

ambrose, Wednesday, 20 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Very interesting. Tim views Lamb as warm and lush and his favorite tracks off the debut are "Gold" and "God Bless". I view them as clinical and chilly and my favorite tracks off the debut are "Lusty", "Cotton Wool", and "Feela". Coincidence?

Dan Perry, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
do remixes of lamb add anything to the equation?

which are worth tracking down?

dh, Wednesday, 22 December 2004 10:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the Fila Brazillia remix of 'Cotton Wool'

the Kruder and Dorfmeister remix of 'Trans Fatty Acid'

the Global Communication remix of 'Gorecki'

the Dillinja remix of 808 State ft Louise Rhodes 'Azura'

Frankenstein On Ice (blueski), Wednesday, 22 December 2004 11:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

funkstorung and autechre mixes any good?

dh, Tuesday, 28 December 2004 17:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(nb I would like to rescind my stupid "Lamb are not erotic" comment.)

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 28 December 2004 17:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Can't remember off the top of my head if I'd ever heard the Funkstorung remix, but ae's mix of "Gold" is of the too-noodly aermx variety.

Also, the Lamb versions of "X-Fatty Acid" and "Gorecki" totally pwn the remixes.

Leeeter van den Hoogenband (Leee), Wednesday, 29 December 2004 18:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Why is there a best of?

Leeeter van den Hoogenband (Leee), Monday, 24 January 2005 06:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

jesus. Ned, they sound nothing like Portishead at all.

"Gabriel" is a track I should have nominated for that '00s poll. The whole What Sound album is one that pwns for the most part, and the title track would become a standard in several musical genres if done correctly.

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 24 January 2005 06:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Hello..

We're sending you this note because you've subscribed to a LAMB database sometime in the past..

EXCITING NEWS!!

The band have recently announced a series of summer festival performances in the UK and Europe this summer 2009.

Current dates are:

May 24th - Istanbul Chill Out Festival, Turkey

June 20th - Sofia Park Live Festival, Bulgaria

June 26th - Glastonbury Festival, UK (Jazz Stage)

June 27th - Jazz:Re:Found Festival, Italy

July 3rd - Sopron Volt Festival, Hungary

July 12th - Cactus Festival, Belgium

July 16th - Marés Vivas Festival, Portugal

July 18th - Pohoda Festival, Slovakia

July 31st - Raw Rhythm Festival, Amsterdam

August 7th - Big Chill Festival, UK (Castle Stage)

August 15th - Feest In Het Park, Belgium

August 23rd - Beautiful Days Festival, UK

August 28th - Scene Festival, Hungary

September 4th - Electric Picnic, Ireland

And, performing under the pseudonym Baby Sheep, the band have also announced an intimate live show at the Concorde2 in Brighton on May 22. The show (their first, and possibly only, club show for 4 years) is a warm up show for the festival performances. As well as playing new arrangements of classic songs including Gorecki, Gabriel, Lusty & Trans Fatty Acid the show will incorporate experimental new projections and lights. The band have ensured ticket prices are low to give everyone value for money, so if you'd like to experience their full new show in an intimate environment, be quick and get your tickets from the links below...

Ticket Web

We Got Tickets

See Tickets

Both Lou and Andy are nearing completion on their new solo albums... Further information on both can be found on:-

www.andybarlow.net/

www.lourhodes.com/

www.myspace.com/lourhodes

And - finally - we're preparing to release a live LAMB album and DVD containing footage from the band's 2004 show at the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam, together with exclusive interviews with Andy & Lou.. The album and DVD will be available from September 2009... More information will be posted at:

Lamb's Official Facebook

Lamb's Official MySpace

Thank you for your time.....

Lamb love...

admiral tub-a-lub (HI DERE), Monday, 11 May 2009 17:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Was thinking about them the other day. That first album is still tops.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 May 2009 17:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

Christ, I had totally forgotten this band ever existed! I think I still have their first album lying around somewhere, but I haven't listened to it in years. From what I remember the singer was quite good, but the beats were a rather bland appropriation of the drum & bass of that era. The Kruder & Dorfmeister remix of "Trans Fatty Acid" that appeared on K & D Sessions was better than anything on the actual album.

I think Nicolette managed to pull off the same trick (trip hoppy vocals with harsher/faster beats than in trip hop) much better on Let No One Live Rent-Free in Your Head, which came out around the same time. Maybe that's because she was working with better producers, like 4 Hero and Plaid?

Tuomas, Monday, 11 May 2009 17:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't know that I would ever use the word "bland" to describe "Cotton Wool".

admiral tub-a-lub (HI DERE), Monday, 11 May 2009 18:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

I just looked up the CD and it's playing in my stereo right now, this actually sounds better than what I remembered. It's still not as good as the Nicolette album, and the K & D remix of "Trans Fatty Acid" is still better than the original, but the album sounds better than what I remembered. Maybe I was too young to get it back in the 90s?

The singer sounds kinda like Björk, doesn't she? I remember when I first played that K & D remix to a friend, she asked me if it was a new Björk song.

Tuomas, Monday, 11 May 2009 18:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think the production on the first two records are pretty good. Agree that the vocals are kind of breathy approximation of Bjork meets Beth Gibbons, but I don't really have a problem with that.

Alex in SF, Monday, 11 May 2009 18:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Alex, that description of the vocals nails it; I was trying to figure out a way of articulating how the Björk comparison didn't quite work and it's because of the Beth Gibbons component.

I never actually heard the Nicolette album so I'm not going to comment on that; I do think the first two Lamb albums before Lou went into breathy unsupported la-la land are really, really fantastic. (The other two are just okay for me, dawg.)

admiral tub-a-lub (HI DERE), Monday, 11 May 2009 18:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also, Lamb live in concert is one of my favorite shows of all time, particularly the version of "Ear Parcel" they did.

admiral tub-a-lub (HI DERE), Monday, 11 May 2009 18:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Nicolette's 'Dove Song' is what i would've liked Lamb to aim more for altho they came close enough at times. still like 'Ear Parcel' and 'God Bless' ('Gorecki' less so since it was used in Torchwood ha).

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Monday, 11 May 2009 18:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

I really, really love the awkward stutter-stompy stuff they did, like "Lusty" and "Cotton Wool".

admiral tub-a-lub (HI DERE), Monday, 11 May 2009 18:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

:-D

admiral tub-a-lub (HI DERE), Monday, 11 May 2009 18:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

Anyone else besides Dan and I heard this? It's a stunner.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 22:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I need to pick them back up I guess, but I really disliked their third and fourth albums.

khaleeesi (Leee), Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:47 (three years ago) Permalink

I've heard it and really like it, maybe even more than the last album. I only started paying attention to them when I heard Butterfly Effect on the 2011 end of year nominations playlist. It was probably one of you that nominated them and got me into them.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Leee, the fifth and sixth albums are fantastic, much better than the fourth IMO

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:29 (three years ago) Permalink

I think this one is really good.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:48 (three years ago) Permalink

1 > 2 > 6 > 5 > 3 > 4

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Thursday, 13 November 2014 02:20 (three years ago) Permalink

And honestly, I'm not so sure about 2 > 6.

1 remains unbeatable, perhaps the finest reaction to D&B from any pop artist.

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Thursday, 13 November 2014 02:22 (three years ago) Permalink

3 > 2 > 6 >5 > 1 >>>>>> 4

I never cared for the debut except for the singles.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 13 November 2014 02:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Those singles are half the album and also fucking incredible

Also the meter nerd in me almost had an never ending orgasm the first time I heard "Lusty"

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Thursday, 13 November 2014 03:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Which, surprisingly, isn't even a single.

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Thursday, 13 November 2014 03:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I didn't hear it until after Fear of Fours and it seemed so tentative in comparison. Still does.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 13 November 2014 04:00 (three years ago) Permalink

I can't agree with that, especially after seeing them tour that first album and how hard those songs hit live.

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Thursday, 13 November 2014 04:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Totally fair. I'm sure I'd feel similar if I heard the record and saw them at the time. But my experience changes how those songs work or don't work for me. Plus I never cared for dnb so even a pop version isn't my cup of tea.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:27 (three years ago) Permalink

The debut is the everlasting hotness. "Lusty," "Gorecki," "Zero," "Merge," etc. etc.

khaleeesi (Leee), Thursday, 13 November 2014 18:56 (three years ago) Permalink

Leee, the fifth and sixth albums are fantastic, much better than the fourth IMO

Yeah I need to get back on them, I just think I had a hard time accepting that they went so AOR/folk-pop in the middle of their discography (ok that probably doesn't describe What Sound?).

khaleeesi (Leee), Thursday, 13 November 2014 19:00 (three years ago) Permalink

Always kind of suspected that my writing these off as trip hop also rans may have been wide of the mark and this album strongly suggests that it was. amazing album.

ewar woowar (or something), Thursday, 13 November 2014 19:05 (three years ago) Permalink

never got into the debut - not even Gorecki ever really did it for me - but this single is good. WIll ahve to check out the album

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 14 November 2014 10:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Heard the single and thought it was excellent.

Poised to splash big pounds on the vinyl - I should make the jump?

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Friday, 14 November 2014 11:01 (three years ago) Permalink

I would say yes. I haven't only because there's currently no space in my place for a record player.

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Friday, 14 November 2014 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Just listened to the new album, quite nice indeed.

TAKING SIDES: HUMANS VS. GUACAMOLEEE (Leee), Sunday, 23 November 2014 01:24 (three years ago) Permalink

just listened to the global communication mix of gorecki three times in a row. gonna play it again now.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 24 November 2014 22:35 (three years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Criminally underrated as fuck, particularly Fear of Fours.

Turrican, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 18:47 (two years ago) Permalink

lou rhodes is a genuinely great singer

nomar, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 18:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh, absolutely... and Barlow should be more recognised for his production work than he is, too!

Turrican, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 19:03 (two years ago) Permalink

This group is brilliant top to bottom

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Wednesday, 4 November 2015 19:12 (two years ago) Permalink

I think they are to trip hop what Curve was to shoegaze, positioned as third wave wannabes or alsorans to such a degree that a lot of people either missed out or refused to recognize how great they were.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 19:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I guess there's more than a grain of truth in that, but at the same time I think that "trip hop" is a bit of an ill-fitting description for them. I'll concede that there's some traits, but I dunno... there's something about their music which often feels quite apart from that.

Turrican, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 19:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh, I agree, just as Curve never aimed for the shimmering, dreamy beauty that is a hallmark of so much shoegaze and yet were categorized as such all the same. They were a lot more aggressive and rhythmically interesting, same with Lamb.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Lamb was dubbed trip-hop only due to their setup of keyb/programmer guy + female vocalist. Laika was similarly unfairly pigeonholed. I always thought of both in the context of other post-rock (in S. Reynold's original definition) bands like Disco Inferno, Bark Psychosis, Insides, Long Fin Killie/Bows (hell the Too Pure catalog). All those great 90s bands that were responding to the exhaustion of guitar rock and tentatively exploring outside the box while the weeklies were lauding regressive Britpop.

Sanpaku, Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:35 (two years ago) Permalink

I dunno - for me Lamb is definitely trip-hop and there's nothing wrong with that. Their last album slayed and I realy need to find more time to spend with it.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 5 November 2015 11:12 (two years ago) Permalink

tuomas and blueski are correct in their judgment that the K&D mix of "Trans Fatty Acid" owns like few remixes in history and everyone in the universe needs to listen to it. that song's been a part of my life for a decade and a half now; in this time, the same friend who turned me on to this mix was also responsible for my appreciation for Wong Kar-Wai. also he later allegedly faked his own death in order to drop off the internet more or less entirely, although since he may have been caught fakin' he might have needed to try harder.

my point is: the K&D Mix is really really good

grinding like a jolly elf (jamescobo), Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:28 (two years ago) Permalink

K&D mix has none of the soured, paranoid stank of the original, so I'll hold with the original.

:wq (Leee), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:39 (two years ago) Permalink

I really, really love the awkward stutter-stompy stuff they did, like "Lusty" and "Cotton Wool".

― admiral tub-a-lub (HI DERE), Monday, May 11, 2009 6:47 PM (6 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^ this, This, THIS!

The "awkward stutter-stompy" stuff and their use of meters other than 4/4 is a big part of the appeal of Lamb for me, although I love their more floatier, more "beautiful" tracks too. But man, those awkward beats.

Turrican, Friday, 6 November 2015 22:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Come to think of it, Lamb and Laika were both equally predisposed toward odd time signatures. "Fear of Fours" indeed.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 November 2015 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink

'Lusty' is 101% fucking amazing.

Turrican, Friday, 6 November 2015 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink

I love how Fear of Fours tried to actually avoid having a track 4 by using 7 seconds of the outro of 'B Line' (track 3) to make up track 4 on the CD, so the next song proper starts on track 5.

Turrican, Friday, 6 November 2015 22:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Heh that's pretty good.

brimstead, Saturday, 7 November 2015 01:11 (two years ago) Permalink

The middle part of 'Cotton Wool' where Lou sings in harmony with herself, before the thundering fucked-up beats kick back in = wonderful.

Turrican, Sunday, 8 November 2015 21:43 (two years ago) Permalink

A claim to fame, I helped with the sound effects on the B-Line video years back and got to hang out with them for a day, they were lovely people.

MaresNest, Sunday, 8 November 2015 21:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Really!? Nice one!

I think I only saw two Lamb videos on TV back in the '90s, 'B-Line' was one of 'em and 'Cotton Wool' was the other, both once each. 'B-Line' was definitely the better of the two!

Turrican, Sunday, 8 November 2015 22:06 (two years ago) Permalink

I just went to look it up on Youtube and it's not there, which suprised me, but then I found a fairly scuzzy version on Vimeo

MaresNest, Sunday, 8 November 2015 22:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I just did the same!

Turrican, Sunday, 8 November 2015 22:11 (two years ago) Permalink

My SFX in pop videos hall of fame.

Lamb - B Line
Deus - Instant St
The Bluetones - Autophilia (for which I managed to sneak my mates band coming from a car stereo at the beginning iirc)
Gorillaz - Dere

MaresNest, Sunday, 8 November 2015 22:16 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

"5" is so good.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:53 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

suddenly had an urge to play In Binary and this album still rules

¶ (DJP), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:08 (one year ago) Permalink

"Doves and Ravens" is a thing of beauty!

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:57 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

I COULD WRAAAAP YOU UUUUUP IN COOOOTOON WOOOOOOOOL!

*amazing stuttery fucked up beats*

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 3 December 2017 18:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

fuck yes

In a slipshod style (Ross), Monday, 4 December 2017 04:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Ended up on yet another Lamb kick yesterday after reading that Barlow apparently did some work on the new U2 LP?

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Monday, 4 December 2017 08:23 (one week ago) Permalink


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