The Music of Lamb on Soft Winter Days

Lamb is an English electronic band, with a touch of trip hop/drum and base. I’ve been listening to this group a lot these days for some reason. Not to any particular album, just to random songs here and there from their 1996 first releases to their newest ones. This music fits the current atmosphere somehow, “trip hop” reminds me of soft winter days. Although, as I said, it’s not necessarily your typical trip hop band (by typical, I mean Portishead, who started it all). In any case, Lamb is a nice little find, so I’m sharing.

Here is a live taping of Gorecki, as well as the song God Bless, and Heaven.



The amazing live performances of Portishead

To most, Portishead is the band that officially launched the “trip hop” genre with their great 1994 debut album “Dummy”. A cool and hypnotic mix of drum and bass, guitar, eerie electronic sounds, and Beth Gibbons’ soft angelic voice.

The second album (Portishead, 1997) is really good as well. I haven’t heard their latest though. In any case, I wanted to emphasize the quality of their live performances. On the Roseland NYC live album, the band plays live with an orchestra (although the orchestra’s influence on the songs is actually very subtle). Beth Gibbons hitting these crazy high notes perfectly, live, is already worthy of praise, but sometimes, she’s even doing it while smoking a cigarette. That just blows my mind. Her beautiful and unfaltering voice is truly special. By the way, don’t smoke kids, your voice – and lungs – will most likely sound like an old car engine.

These live performances are grand, and so intense. All in all, Portishead offers a great musical experience.