Recorded entirely in the dawn hours of a closed music shop, The Blue Hour is Chris Lambert's 10th full-length release.
Lambert plays every instrument on the album, which mostly consists of acoustic guitar, piano, and resourceful percussion: scissors, wooden boxes, leg pats and foot stomps, which all aptly support the confessional voice on top. Often sung just above a whisper, every word is left out in the open, vulnerable but unforgiving.
Tracked in the Rudolph building in Old Town Lompoc, CA, every echo is entrenched in history. The brick building was erected in 1894 by the town’s first mayor, who is rumored to still dwell there in spirit. Utilizing the studio’s only downtime, sessions often began as early as 5 a.m., running until the storefront opened at noon.
About the artist
Twenty-seven year-old Santa Maria, CA native Chris Lambert has been making music for most of his life. Since leaving his day job in 2007, he has released 9 full-length albums.
He was voted Santa Barbara County’s BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN in 2009 and 2012, and in 2013, his original score for the musical Death, and Other Hobbies won an Outstanding Music Award from UC Berkeley’s Choral Ensembles.
A multi-instrumentalist, his past albums have ranged from playful sunshine pop to loud alternative emo rock to alt-country and electronica, and often contain inventive wordplay.
He is sober and vice-free as of 2014, after vowing to never (intentionally) kill another spider.
His 10th full-length album, The Blue Hour, a set of 10 quietly introspective ambient folk songs, was released on February 16, 2016.