LAMBMi. 13.11.2019, Köln, Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
Foto: Ifusha Kalina
It starts with a lone voice that’s soon met by a wobbling lo-frequency bass note. The sung message is simple, offering a contrary message: “So much to say/I’m lost for words”. It’s intimate, like eavesdropping on private thoughts, until it opens out into a chorus that positively glows out of the speakers. It’s like blinking your way into bright sunlight; walking from basement to beach in a split second, a match struck alight in darkness. The return of Lamb is a bright, shining beautiful thing. The Secret Of Letting Go - Lamb’s seventh album - is all about the space between sounds. At times sublime and celestial, at others a swirl like a desert sand storm the music offers a launch platform on which Lou Rhodes’ superlunary voice can take flight. At times, the sound that Lou and musical partner Andy Barlow create is quietly evocative of sun-drenched horizons - contemplative and reflective, as on opener Phosphorus and the album’s final track - One Hand Clapping - a divine piece of music with all the radiance of a high summer sunset. At others its itchy and anticipatory, pointing towards moments of ecstatic ...