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Getting intimate with Steven Lambke 

The Constantines' guitarist takes a walk on the folk side

Steven Lambke
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“I definitely excluded rock as much as I could,” says Canadian folk singer Steven Lambke over the phone in his Toronto home. “I have too much of that in my past and musical background.”

That background includes being the guitarist for Canadian indie rock band The Constantines, and fronting his own band Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers. But his latest record, Days of Heaven (released in October 2015), is Lambke’s attempt to expand his musical and personal realm. “It didn’t feel like a continuation of the other stuff,” he says of his first album project under his name. “This particular batch of songs was more musically developed or musically sophisticated, whereas more of the Baby Eagle stuff was by intent and purpose—and the philosophy was—more rudimentary.”

The album is an intimate and universal medley stemming from the personal feelings of love or existential questions. “The songs are addressed to a single other person so in that sense they are really very intimate,” says Lambke. “I’m really interested in the idea that we live practical and concrete lives in a lot of ways, but we are continually susceptible to thoughts of more cosmic purposes or questions about meaning, processes, ideas of faith or belief.”

Using his name is not the only independent decision: Lambke has also released his album through his own label, You’ve Changed Records. “I think there’s a lot of unnecessary apparatus that goes along with putting out music into the world,” he says. “Having my own label and being able to put out my own records, there is definitely some downside to it but a real efficiency to it that I find very clarifying and enabling.”

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