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BEN FOSKETT Confronts Manipulators In ‘Believe Me’ Video

2nd March 2021

France-based composer and arranger BEN FOSKETT is pleased to reveal his new single ‘Believe Me’ which is out now on all good DSPs. The track is the latest to be taken from his debut solo album, Songs of Searching, which is set for release on 30th March 2021.

The single is accompanied by a video directed by Delphine Ciavaldini—a confrontational multiple-personality take on the song, passing between different characters who all start to blend into one and the same idea.

Commenting on the track, Foskett says: “‘Believe Me’ is written from the point of view of a controller, a manipulator. Someone or something of such confidence that they don’t even need to hide what they are feeding you. The protagonist can confidently say ‘I wouldn’t believe me’ and then go on with their manipulation in full knowledge that it will have its effect.”

“In writing the lyrics for the song I was thinking quite generally about this human condition, but the song can be thought to apply from the smallest level of individual relationships right up to the manipulative powers large companies, states, or figureheads can have over people. The music sits on an unstable, oscillating piano over which bass and strings are added, gradually building up with the power and intensity of the words.”

To date celebrated for his atonal, avant-garde classical composition and arrangement work with notable names including Travis, The Divine Comedy and Keaton HensonSongs of Searching is the first body of original songwriting from Foskett—a marked departure from his usual instrumental work, drawing influence from the likes of Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

Born in Rinteln, Germany, Foskett studied his craft at the Royal College of Music with a masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music. His composition work has gained plaudits and awards from the RVW Trust and the Leverhulme Composition Fellowship.

A composer, songwriter and arranger working across many different genres from classical concert music to ballet, dance, theatre, pop, film and TV, Foskett has worked with musicians, ensembles and companies such as the London Sinfonietta, BBC Proms, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and on films and TV series such as A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and Poirot. His music has been released by NMC recordings.

Future composing projects include an opera with writer Laure Salama based on the life of Olympe de Gouges, an 18th century French playwright and political activist writing on women’s rights and abolitionism, who was eventually executed by guillotine during the Reign of Terror.

Songs of Searching is released 30th March 2021

Songs of Searching tracklist:

1. Believe Me
2. Crossed Out Lovers
3. Son of Rhythm
4. Packed Up Smile
5. Whole Roll
6. Pile of Books
7. So Can’t
8. Day Stretch