‘Confirmation’ sees Westerman channelling the spirit of early influences from left-field antecedents like Nick Drake, David Byrne and Arthur Russell, rather than directly referencing them sonically. Produced by Bullion, the track was named as Pitchfork’s ‘Best New Track’ and has already garnered high praise from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Gorilla Vs Bear, Noisey, High Snobiety, Stereogum, DIY and more.
Westerman says of the track, “‘Confirmation’ is about the difficulties of infinite choice – and the allure of impulsiveness.” Ostensibly a message that applies to his own creative process, Westerman observes its omnipresence in all of our lives. The feeling of “trying too hard when actually the best ideas come when you’re just going with it. It’s a self critique as well as an exploration of a wider point regarding the debilitating risks of having too many things going on internally and externally.”
B-side track ‘I Turned Away’ presents Westerman in a starker, sobering landscape. The track is about mirages and was recorded in one take with the intention of retaining it’s rawness. It’s about the realisation that what you thought was there was never really there – just your own impressions.”
‘Confirmation/I Turned Away’ is out now via Blue Flowers, the London-label responsible for rising stars Nilüfer Yanya and Puma Blue. It precedes Westerman’s album which is slated for a 2019 release.
PRAISE FOR WESTERMAN
“2018’s dreamiest guitar song so far”
“…unafraid to drag his alt-pop wizardry to imaginative new places.”
‘Westerman’s “Confirmation” Is a Modern Sophisti-pop Miracle’
“It’s a stunning track that sticks with you — and continues revealing new facets of itself — long, long after its three-minute runtime has expired.”
“Produced by our old favourite Bullion, it’s one of the best songs of 2018 so far”
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