Increasingly making a name exploring human vulnerability in the modern era, Westerman has the ability to calm swirling minds. ‘Outside Sublime‘ is a sonic otherworldliness which sees the songwriter lay down his typical witty complexity and lend a message of comfort.
“I wanted to write a note to a struggling friend”, Westerman explains. “I hoped it would be an arm on the shoulder for anyone finding things difficult. I wanted to be really direct with this, and for it to feel joyful and powerful in an unobtrusive sort of way”
The Ark EP was written in between a lot of travelling and recorded over an intense 3-day period with little sleep or contact with anyone. With minor re-drafting and editing the result is something looser than previous singles ‘Confirmation’, ‘Edison’ and ‘Easy Money’ and debut EP Call and Response.
Fresh from a UK headline tour including a buzzy sold-out date at London’s Oslo, Westerman heads to Paris for Pitchfork Avant-garde Festival, Berlin, Amsterdam, Gent before heading to the US for shows in NYC and LA. He will return to London for his largest headline show to date on Dec 12 at The Jazz Café. See dates and details here.
With backing from Pitchfork (Rising), Guardian, Stereogum, Highsnobiety, Noisey (Hit List), Dazed (On The Rise), FADER, Gorilla vs Bear, Clash (Next Wave), The Line of Best Fit (On The Rise), Interview Magazine, Sunday Times and a Colors session, Ark EP sees the West Londoner make another huge stride to becoming one of this year’s breakout acts.
‘Outside Sublime’ is out now, buy/stream it here.
The Ark EP is out November 9 on Blue Flowers.
PRAISE FOR WESTERMAN
“Westerman’s songwriting takes in the tumult of a whirring mind and turns it into music that has the power to soothe modern anxieties, if not solve them”.
“…unafraid to drag his alt-pop wizardry to imaginative new places.”
“Sometimes an artist emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, with a piece of new music so perfect that it leaves you wondering”
Stereogum Artist to Watch
“…manages to delicately balance melodic complexity and a variety of different instruments in a way that sounds not just easy, but effortless”