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James Lamb

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
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"2012-The Bridge's Dustin Stashko reviews James Lamb's latest offering"

’m not going to sit here and write like I know about James Lamb. All I know is that he’s from Nelson, and that his last name shares the same as an expensive meat that I can’t afford to eat.

The beauty of not knowing anything about him is that it adds a shroud of mystery. For all I know, James Lamb could be a hermit who lives up on a mountain and has a huge beard, or maybe he’s a guy who makes a living by busking covers of Neil Diamond songs. Maybe people even pay him exuberant amounts of money when he sings “Shilo” — I know I would. Whatever the case, it makes you pay more attention to his music because that’s the only glimpse of James Lamb that you’ll see.

His third album Imagineering sounds nothing like Neil Diamond. In fact, I’m not going to compare this to any artist because it really stands on its own and is one of the most original albums I’ve listened to in a while.

Keep in mind, I’m not saying that because I’m biased that he’s a local musician — there’s a lot of local music that I’m given and sounds like it was recorded in a walk-in freezer. This album is a welcome surprise, with top notch quality. It’s polished.

I could go on and describe every single song on this, but I won’t. The music industry has lost its touch with the “album” these days, and it’s all about the singles. One or two songs from an album are considered a success. Very rarely do you hear an album that you listen to from front to back and that makes you understand the artist a bit more. This is one of those albums. Even though this was recorded over a course of five years, it still has a cohesive feel to it that sounds like it was done in one take.

You’ll want to pay attention to some of the lyrics because there are lots of mentions of local spots that will put some amazing imagery in your brain as well.

Don’t expect smashing guitars or pounding drums on this one though because it’s rather mellow but damn, is it good. It’s one of those albums you should listen to while laying down, looking up at the ceiling while contemplating something important like: “I wonder if I’d look good with a beard?”

From the first note on “Narrow Valley” to the last on “Date with a Wrecking Ball”, you’ll sit there enjoying all the different mellow sounds that James Lamb creates. For that reason, this album may have squeezed it’s way into one of my top picks for the year.

Keep a close eye on local wonder James Lamb. If he continues putting out such quality as Imagineering, he’ll be going places. When that time inevitably happens, I really hope he records a cover of Neil Diamond and dedicates it to me in the liner notes. Then we’d be best friends... with beards. Beard friends. - The Nelson Star


"2012-Album Review by Their Bated Breath"

JAMES LAMB | Imagineering

February 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

This album has been a long time coming. It’s still a bit hazy, but I do remember somehow running into the music of Canada’s James Lamb via writing about musician Miss Emily Brown. Lamb’s track “Date With a Wrecking Ball” was the track I first heard, although in a slightly different format. The unadorned melodies and the wonderfully descriptive chorus sets it apart. Lamb has a sweet sense for thoughtful poetics and sincere alt-folk lyricism: “Warm hands are shaking / Frozen limbs are aching / Where has the heart gone? / Would someone prove this wrong / For I’ve got a date with a wrecking ball.” Now you can finally stream his eight-song record, “Imagineering”, at bandcamp. It’s cool to see the record was mastered with the help of a good musician in his own right, Sandro Perri. Lamb has a host of other musicians listed as contributors to the album, including wonderful violinist Hannah Epperson, who most notably played with Miss Emily Brown on her song “World Traveller”. She adds a pretty depth to Lamb’s record. His musical style on “Imagineering” is often light of touch — generally telling rural stories interlaced with misty asides about various states of love and dreamily-sung verses with pretty end-rhymes. “Deep Dark Blue” is a countrified vision of charm. The majestic, string-laden “Shot Down the Tracks” works both as working-class tale and metaphor, with the central image of a train never bound for glory: “You don’t gotta look close to see they’re dropping like flies / The air is so hot, it is a fire of lies.” Lamb’s song “Love In the River” is a gossamer meditation, the duet vocals floating above the instrumentation like a daydream: “There is love in the wind, let blow through the trees / Let it go where ever it please.” Note: All lyrics are unofficial. – David D. Robbins Jr. - Their Bated Breath


"2012-Album Review by Their Bated Breath"

JAMES LAMB | Imagineering

February 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

This album has been a long time coming. It’s still a bit hazy, but I do remember somehow running into the music of Canada’s James Lamb via writing about musician Miss Emily Brown. Lamb’s track “Date With a Wrecking Ball” was the track I first heard, although in a slightly different format. The unadorned melodies and the wonderfully descriptive chorus sets it apart. Lamb has a sweet sense for thoughtful poetics and sincere alt-folk lyricism: “Warm hands are shaking / Frozen limbs are aching / Where has the heart gone? / Would someone prove this wrong / For I’ve got a date with a wrecking ball.” Now you can finally stream his eight-song record, “Imagineering”, at bandcamp. It’s cool to see the record was mastered with the help of a good musician in his own right, Sandro Perri. Lamb has a host of other musicians listed as contributors to the album, including wonderful violinist Hannah Epperson, who most notably played with Miss Emily Brown on her song “World Traveller”. She adds a pretty depth to Lamb’s record. His musical style on “Imagineering” is often light of touch — generally telling rural stories interlaced with misty asides about various states of love and dreamily-sung verses with pretty end-rhymes. “Deep Dark Blue” is a countrified vision of charm. The majestic, string-laden “Shot Down the Tracks” works both as working-class tale and metaphor, with the central image of a train never bound for glory: “You don’t gotta look close to see they’re dropping like flies / The air is so hot, it is a fire of lies.” Lamb’s song “Love In the River” is a gossamer meditation, the duet vocals floating above the instrumentation like a daydream: “There is love in the wind, let blow through the trees / Let it go where ever it please.” Note: All lyrics are unofficial. – David D. Robbins Jr. - Their Bated Breath


"2012-Album Review by Argue Job"

James Lamb’s Imagineering goes down like warm soup on a cold day. Calculated, expertly paced, and infused with the almost human voice of perfectly placed strings, the record is a smooth drive through the wooded wild of Canada. After the slow soft ‘Narrow Valley’ opens the gates we arrive at the outstanding ‘Blueberry Paulson’, complete with lap steel and organ like ultraviolet light. From there the record just keeps swinging. I’ve listened to it about ten times now and I still haven’t found a favourite. I wish you better luck than I! James Lamb will be in Edmonton at Wunderbar on April 15th with the Tchir brothers, Liam Trimble, and Winnipeg’s Cheering for the Bad Guy. Don’t miss it! P.S. I think it is worth mentioning that Sandro Perri, an Argue Job favourite, mastered this pristine record. - Argue Job


"2012-Album Review by Argue Job"

James Lamb’s Imagineering goes down like warm soup on a cold day. Calculated, expertly paced, and infused with the almost human voice of perfectly placed strings, the record is a smooth drive through the wooded wild of Canada. After the slow soft ‘Narrow Valley’ opens the gates we arrive at the outstanding ‘Blueberry Paulson’, complete with lap steel and organ like ultraviolet light. From there the record just keeps swinging. I’ve listened to it about ten times now and I still haven’t found a favourite. I wish you better luck than I! James Lamb will be in Edmonton at Wunderbar on April 15th with the Tchir brothers, Liam Trimble, and Winnipeg’s Cheering for the Bad Guy. Don’t miss it! P.S. I think it is worth mentioning that Sandro Perri, an Argue Job favourite, mastered this pristine record. - Argue Job


Discography

Albums:
"Imagineering" 2012

"Various" 2008

"Wicker Robot" 2007

"All in good time" 2005

Singles:

"Shot down the tracks" and "Date with a wrecking ball" have both received regular airplay on CBC Radio `1

Recorded for Canada Live on CBC Radio 2 May 2008 and May 2010

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Bio

James Lamb is a Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist born into a musical family from Nelson, British Columbia. Known for his fascinating compositions & tasteful, highly regarded musicianship, James can be seen performing in urban centres and tiny rural nooks. He has performed in art spaces, established venues, yoga studios, stranger’s houses, on festival stages and the Via rail lounge car. His live presentation can haunt a room with thoughtful joy and his unique voice and commanding stage presence can plunge even the noisiest bar goers into mesmerized silence.

“This is the type of discovery you hold close and start searching for times you can throw it on amongst your closest friends.” ~ Hero Hill, Halifax NS

“James is a storyteller with unconventional compositions and lyrics that explore the most contemporary issues in our Canadian culture, often originating in personal experiences with humanity…He is a compelling performer in show, his sharp observations delivered in a deceptively gentle manner, his voice an instrument of pure delight. His view of the world reflects his generations and I can only say the future is in good hands.” ~ David Francey.

“James is a methodical, thoughtful and delightful songwriter and performer. Having enjoyed him in countless formations and ensembles, he remains a pal and an artist I’ll continue to grow alongside“~ Dan Mangan

“James is without doubt the most genuine, humble and talented musician I have worked with. Over the years i’ve seen growth maturity and a constant stream of passion come from what is James today. An eloquent guitar player and gracious singer, it is difficult not to fall in love” ~ Lise Monique – Wintermitts

“We’ve had the pleasure of have having James perform at our venue and live streamed broadcast on two separate occasions. His professionalism is only outweighed by his unique writing and performance talent.” ~ Michael Donley ~Streaming Cafe, Kelowna BC

“James Lamb has been an amazing addition to the Smithers Midsummer Music Festival line up for the last two years. He played our festival as a headliner in 2010 and delivered a mesmerizing performance as part of our Friday evening show. His music is able to captivate audiences of all ages with songs that are refreshing and anything but predictable. James’ highly diverse musical abilities and down to earth sensibilities make him a stellar addition to the festival stage and to the campfire jams when the stages close for the evening.” ~ Jo-Anne Nugent – Smithers Midsummer Music Festival

“I have had some of my most visceral responses to songwriting/music/performance at his shows….. I can without reserve say that his is a performance I would recommend without question.” ~ Martin Reisle ~Maria in the Shower

“A Symphonic experience, the songwriting is peerless and completely catchy and I have been raving about these guys since I saw them play. Let’s hope word of mouth catches on!” (K.C Left Hip Magazine, Halifax)

“…Like rock run through with veins of loss and love, and layers and layers of soul.” (Risa Dickens, Indyish Magazine, Montreal)