Singer-songwriter Sam Lambeth is back with the third single from his forthcoming album. When I’m With You continues Lambeth’s flirtations with alt-country and Americana, while retaining his knack for anthemic sounds and penchant for melody. Since relaunching his music career in November 2020, Lambeth has been on a major career upswing. His forthcoming headline gig sold out within six days, his songs have received critical acclaim, and his Spotify boasts over 75,000 streams and over 10,000 monthly listeners.
Lambeth has continued his charitable endeavours – he donated the profits of his recent single ‘When Love Ain’t Enough’ to WWF and when ‘The King’ hit 23,000 streams, he planted 23 trees as part of One Tree Planted. He also recently appeared alongside the Midlands’ best and brightest at 0121 Livestream Festival, raising money for MIND. Previously, he has donated hundreds of pounds from EP sales and live gigs to Teenage Cancer Trust, while also appearing at fundraisers campaigning for those that have suffered sexual assaults at live gigs.
When I’m With You was recorded with legendary producer Ryan Pinson and features Zoe Brittle on piano. Recalling the folk of Taylor Swift and the bucolic rock of R.E.M., it’s another thought-provoking anthem from one of alt rock’s most potent songwriters.
Of the song, Lambeth says:
“Over the vast plateau of the unforgiving Great Plains, during the bustling autumn afternoons in Oxford Circus, in between the gentle sea breezes across Martha’s Vineyard, I wrote this song.
“Except, not really. I’ve only been to one of those places (London), and this song was written before then in my bedroom. But When I’m With You has always been a song of imagination, of wonder, of magic. It takes me to different corners of the world every time I hear it. I hope it’ll be the same for you.”
When I’m With You flirts with Americana, offering maudlin violin and piano to accompany a vocal style more reminiscent of early-2000s alt-rock than anything we know today in country music. Nonetheless, the storytelling is exquisite – just one brush of those strings, one strike of those piano keys, and you’re whisked away to wherever your imagination takes you. It’s a song relatable to just about anyone, in any stage of life or relationship, and it’s that relatability that makes it truly special.