Berlin-based composer and pianist Lambert has worked with up and coming film director Tom Oxenham to create ‘Becoming Lambert’ a mockumentary short film, incorporating music from his new album True, out now on Mercury KX.
The film like the album is inspired by the notion of true versus false. What is true and what is false, and how do we make such judgements? Resoundingly relevant these days, such issues reflect our post-truth society, where opinions are conflated with facts and many cling blindly to beliefs even when confronted with cold, hard evidence. “Nobody really knows anymore,” says Lambert. “Especially with the internet.” Director Tom Oxenham has given this insight into the film’s making, “Working with Lambert was like potholing in the dark: exciting, relentlessly challenging, and ultimately terrifying. We made this film to reveal the man behind the mask. Yet behind the mask we found not one man, but many.”
For further insights into what is true or false, take a look at Lambert’s Instagram.
“In music, truth and falsehood is different than when you talk about facts in politics, or in the media,” Lambert explains. “In those worlds, there are no ‘alternative facts’, but with music you have to rethink this concept, because it opens up to give different truths to different people. My associations and feelings towards a song can be completely different to yours, but both are equally valid; for me, it’s the truth, for you, it might not be. So the only real truth is the listener’s perspective.” As such, Lambert invites you to listen deeply, and draw your own conclusions about what he’s trying to communicate.
Lambert is a singular talent whose bold vision and compositional flair is informed as much by pop music and wider culture as it is by any classical repertoire. From 2017’s stunning Sweet Apocalypse, a masterful collection of orchestral works concerned with locating moments of beauty amid the dystopian future humanity is fast racing towards, to this year’s haunting, delicate Alone EP, Lambert has created his own, spellbinding sonic language that stirs the soul and inspires the mind. By turns hypnotic, sombre, and enchanting, he excels at creating moods and mesmerising the listener; a deep sense of drama often gives way to an enigmatic playfulness, colourful melodies skipping lightly through his songs.