“cements Ebony Lamb’s standing as one of the country’s coolest, most sultry voices" The Listener
Eb & Sparrow, formed around the vocals and songwriting of frontperson Ebony Lamb, continues to strike on with their distinctive self carved niche, creating a soundscape that is at once spacious and lush, nuanced alt-country with a wallop of retro soul. It’s as if someone discovered a secret portal into the worlds of Lucinda Williams and Catpower and the best way to get there was to let Ry Cooder drive. Off-road, through the bracken.
“This is the sound of your new favourite band” Simon Sweetman
There’s a spaciousness in the grooves that sit behind Lamb’s voice. Wide open space, harbouring the land and delivering it back again.
Flanked by Bryn Heveldt (lapsteel, electric guitar), Jason Johnson, (electric guitar, bass, backing vocals), Chris Winter (trumpet, melaphone, electric guitar, bass, backing vocals) and newly instated drummer Justin Barr provide the strong textures around Lamb’s guitar and voice. Her songs are the ship, the instrumentation and arrangements lap at the sides, surging everything forward, onward.
Think Cowboy Junkies, Gillian Welch, Jesca Hoop, tunes that stir deep in your soul. Listen to the lines, there’s something deeper, sometimes a little darker, but it is always good. Having wooed audiences the country over, earning an enviable reputation amongst their contemporaries, critics and music fans alike, Eb & Sparrow’s latest is their greatest and that’s really saying something when you remember the response to their last record.
5 STARS DOMPOST / 4.5 STARS NZ HERALD / 4 STARS LISTENER
Finalists for NZ Country Music Album 2016 & NZ Country Music Song 2016
“Not often do I come across a Kiwi band that with a single album moves from one to watch, to leaving every other contender in its wake. This is it.” DOMPOST
“an extraordinary showcase of originality and musicality, which stands out in the current New Zealand landscape" Barry Saunders, Warratahs
“a depth and power that, in places, is equal to any current big name, from Gillian Welch to Cat Power”
Tom Cardy, DOMPOST
“whole-hearted, deep-hued, visceral tales in the Americana-country-folk-blues vein, with such beautiful warmth and fragility you're hooked from the first glide of lap steel to the last soaring vocal phrase”
Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald
"Ebony Lamb is blessed with more than just a poetic name. She has the voice of woodsmoke and honey”
Nick Bollinger - NZ Listener
"cinematic Western themes, rustic folk and dreamy Americana on its debut album, weaving a many-hued tapestry that is held together by the songwriting and vocal strength of frontwoman Ebony Lamb"
Shane Gilchrist - Otago Daily Times
“taken somewhere else, maybe somewhere close to Twin Peaks but via a small Parisian bar"
Jamie McPhail - Sitting Room Sessions
Ebony Lamb Lead - singer, acoustic & electric guitar, songwriter
Jason Johnson Electric guitar, bass, backing vocals
Chris Winter Trumpet, melaphone, electric guitar, bass, backing vocals
Justin Barr Really great Drums
Bryn Heveldt Lapsteel, electric guitar
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 24th March 2018 - NZ Listener
James Belfield NZ LISTENER - Album review 24.03.18
Nick Bollinger Album review - The Sampler RNZ 27.03.18
Simon Sweetman / Off The Tracks - Album Review 08.04.18
Graham Reid Elsewhere Music Blog - Album Review 02.04.18
RNZ LIVE With Jessie Mulligan - Afternoons 29.03.18
Marty Duda / 13th Floor Album Review - 23.03.18
2017 - 2015
13 FLOOR MUSIC BLOG - LIVE SHOW REVIEW AMERICANA FESTIVAL 07.10.17
KIM HILL INTERVIEW - RADIO NZ NATIONAL 27.2.16
SIMON SWEETMAN - SUN/SON ALBUM REVIEW 2.12.15
THE MIXTAPE - EBONY LAMB ON MUSIC 101, RADIO NZ NATIONAL 20.8.16
DOMINION POST 5 STAR ALBUM REVIEW - SUN/SON 4.9.15
NZ HERALD 4.5 STAR ALBUM REVIEW - SUN/SON 27.8.15