"This journey needs no map’” Lou Rhodes. We met Lamb, the UK electronic duo, at lunch time yesterday for a very special acoustic session at Casa Bertallot, a new open space where dj & radio speaker Alessio Bertallot hosts his programs and showcases different talents. Before warming up her amazing voice, Lou Rhodes, singer and songwriter of the band, told us more about the new album.
Lamb are Andy Barlow, Lou Rhodes and bassist Jon Thorne
Hello Lou, welcome to Milan! We know the tour has been very successful so far
Yes, indeed. We had a great gig yesterday in Rome and the night before in Treviso in a tiny club called New Age, with the best crowd so far i would say, and we travelled all night on our tour buses to arrive here in Milan. We played at Magazzini Generali almost 17 years ago, i remember a great venue, and it’s exciting to be back!
Your new album is called Backspace Unwind, the second studio album since your reunion: what’s space for you nowadays?
Well, it’s funny how this album came to life. It’s our 6th album, we have been doing music together for almost 20 years, and i have also my solo album that is ready to come out and lots of collaborations ongoing and i kind of asked myself ‘what do i have still to say?’. So i wasn’t coming to the table with a precise idea and just let my ideas filter and kind of channel together. So lots of songs were written that way. It was interesting how this theme of space kept popping up in most of the songs so i started thinking ‘is this repetitive? Is there a problem in having a theme?’ And i said to myself, no, because it all came very naturally. And also for me the concept of space, i did not know much about, but it’s more about everything out of our lives, it’s more space in sense of spaciousness and all the way we approached music was with an idea of spaciousness. If the sound wasn’t needed we took it out. There’s a lot a space in the music and the lyrics, infact this album is quite minimal in a way.
Minimal album compared to your previous works and every song seems to hyde a type of meditation: isn’t it?
Yes, well the whole process of writing a song is quite like a meditation because your mind is the total editor of it; if have some ideas in your mind, you constanty want to think about them, edit and re-edit them but you need to take this commentatory voice out of the way and let the idea really come through and float to express your inner self.
Part of this album has been written in India. How much did this location influence your work?
A little bit, yeah. Basically Andy goes to Goa in India every year – he is Goa addicted and everyone knows him there – and he knew that i was needing a short break so he persuaded me to go out there, saying ‘enjoy the process of writing, you can do it from there’; but the thing is that when you live in England and then you go to Goa and it’s hot, sunshine and beaches the last thing you want to do is stay into a room and write. But we did it. Actually the song that Andy is playing now on the piano called ‘As Satellite Go By’ was written there for example. The change of scene was good: i remember walking, i went to a yoga class and back on the beach the sun was just behind me…
I just felt just so good; you know, sometimes you forget the sense of joy of simplicity and situations like this make you feel good with yourself and let express better what you have inside.
We Fall In Love”, your first single, speaks about the intersection of two lives: is there something autobiographical? More romanticism?
That’s was a funny one. We basically finished the record; we are quite minimal with our records, we wrote 10 songs and it was over. And then Andy said, ‘we need one more tempo song’ and i was like, ‘ok, why not’; and he had the drum, a brazilian one, and he started playing and then the song happened very easily: it obviously just wanted to happen. And it became our single and it’s a killer single! It was just really 11 hours blessing to work on it.
In terms of the lyrics i wanted to take the personal out of it, which is why i thought about We Fall In Love, because i’ve written so many love songs about my personal experience and even though my own experience is part of the lyrics of that song i like the idea of casting it out in a way and try to say again something new to our public.
RedMilk encompass fashion. What will you wear tonight on stage?
I have a look for this tour which i basically wear; the dress that i wear, well, i have a few of them because it’s white! To me in terms of fashion it’s very interesting to have a strong look on stage rather than lots of different things. This dress is quite iconic somehow and fits into the whole show, with the very monochrome feel of the record and the a-list lights we require for every show.
Yesterday Lou was wearing instead a casual look with a leggings from Mirelle, a brazilian brand.
Photos by Fabrizio Consoli for RM shot at Magazzini Generali on November 19th
Special thanks to Elita Milano (elita.it)