Electronic duo Lamb (Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow) released their first album in 1996. Eighteen years and seven studio albums later and I have found myself with a very sturdy seat on the Lamb-fan bandwagon. I saw them live twice within two weeks at two very different gigs recently – one on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Bristol's Rise and the other on a dark night at the O2 Academy.
Getting to know 'the old stuff' has of course been wonderful – what better love song is there out there than Cottonwool? And has any song ever carried as much emotional weight as Gabriel? But the great thing about being fairly new to Lamb's music is the luxury to appreciate the 'new stuff' with no bias toward the old.
The most recent album, released just over a month ago, is sublime. 'Backspace Unwind' opens with throbbing synths in In Binary, and includes We Fall in Love, Backspace Unwind and Nobody Else, which all hit it out the park. It is one of those albums that has very quickly becomes symbolic of how I feel about everything at the moment.
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