Lady Lamb’s latest video, for her mystical indie-rock song “Spat Out Spit,” contains vintage footage of hand-drawn landscapes dreamed up by children, of long-ago places where dinosaurs roamed the land and UFOs floated through space and then the ocean, where they were eventually spit back out by a whale.
“Was I born wild? Have I been asleep?” she asks in the song.
Lady Lamb, also known as Aly Spaltro, touches on redemption and rebirth, and uses the hand-drawn pictures to illustrate that children still know more than adults, that we’re all the same thing at our core, just flying through the universe– and that we all just become dirt and building blocks for the next big thing.
Spaltro makes sure to thank those who made her video possible. Spaltro unearthed the 1970s animated films for the video at a place called the Yellow Ball Workshop. The Workshop also put together a 1971 documentary “Let’s Make a Film.” Other footage was made by an animated art class taught by Willis Simms at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, Calif., between 1959 and 1977– a vast, cultural time span that Spaltro compiled and made whole in a new way.
Spaltro has also announced her headlining tour, which she wraps up in Portsmouth, N.H., at the Press Room on May 13. Spaltro, originally from Portland, Maine, now lives in Brooklyn. Lady Lamb’s next album, “After,” is due March 3 on Mom+Pop.
LADY LAMB TOUR DATES:
Tue. Mar. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Sat. Mar. 7 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *#
Fri. Mar. 13 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall *#
Fri. April 3 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
Sat. April 4 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
Mon. April 6 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen
Wed. April 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe
Thu. April 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Fri. April 10 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Sat. April 11 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Mon. April 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Wed. April 15 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Fri. April 17 – Austin, TX @ Lamberts
Sat. April 18 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
Tue. April 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
Wed. April 22 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Thu. April 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
Sat. April 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Mon. April 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. April 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
Wed. April 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Thu. April 30 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Fri. May 1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Sat. May 2 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mon. May 4 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
Tue. May 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Wed. May 6 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Fri. May 8 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Sat. May 9 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Mon. May 11 – Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange
Tue. May 12 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
Wed. May 13 – Portsmouth, NH @ The Press Room
* = Cuddle Magic
# = Henry Jamison