Lamb are a trip-hop duo formed in 1996 in Manchester, England, by Lou Rhodes (singer-songwriter) and Andy Barlow (production). They incorporated into their musical style a distinctive mixture of jazz, dub, breaks, and drum and bass with a strong vocal element and, in their later works especially, some acoustic influences. Lamb are notable for their highly experimental work, a distinctive production style, Lou’s often passionate lyrical style, and their artistic videos.
Their signature song is Gorecki, from their eponymous debut album. It was inspired by Henryk Górecki’s Third Symphony, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.
To date, the band released five studio albums: Lamb (1996), Fear Of Fours (1999), What Sound (2001), Between Darkness And Wonder (2003) and 5 (2011). In 2003 they also issued a compilation entitled Best Kept Secrets.
In February 2005, Lamb announced that they would pursue their own projects, ending their collaboration for now. Their last concerts were in Paradiso, Amsterdam, and were filmed to be used for a live DVD.
Lou Rhodes started the Infinite Bloom record label, and has released her first own solo album Beloved One (2006), followed by Bloom (2007), and One Good Thing (2010). Producer Andy Barlow focused on his band Hoof and has also been working on another project called Luna Seeds with vocalist–songwriter Carrie Tree, and has recently produced the Fink album Distance and Time.
The hiatus ended in 2009 when Lamb reunited and started performing again. Lou Rhodes found her way back to Andy Barlow after five years of silence and their own solo projects. Lamb went back to the studio the following year to record their fifth album which was subsequently released in 2011.