Today, London-based artist Westerman shares his new track ‘Easy Money‘. Another powerful progression for Westerman, the top-drawer lyricist continues to expound the workings of our inner selves in his bold ethereal sound. Listen here.
Released as the flip side to ‘Edison’, ‘Easy Money‘ sees Westerman confronting some of his own fixations. He says, “I started out writing a love song, then it sort of morphed into more of a conversation. It’s a conversation I had many times over with someone I care about a lot. The subject matter is something I was thinking about too often. I wanted to retain a sense of romance in the music as counterpoint to where lyrics ended up, and I tried to make it so the voice seems float within the music. The characters existing in a state of transience.”
Like the writers he admires, Westerman’s music places us in the centre of troubled minds. From the striking early work which revealed a reverential respect for his influences, the ‘Edison’ and ‘Confirmation’ singles, are important artistic milestones in the rapid development of his unique blueprint. Both singles continue a string of collaborations with electronic producer Bullion which have help sculpt Westerman’s sound from the voyeured minimalism of before into “a modern sophisti-pop miracle” (Spin). Support has come from Lauren Laverne, Pitchfork (Rising profile), Noisey, Stereogum (Artist To Watch), Gorilla Vs Bear, DIY, Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit and Wonderland.
‘Easy Money‘ follows the release of previous singles ‘Confirmation’ and ‘Edison’. After his early material revealed an ambitious new sound borne on the forward-thinking experimentalism of influences like Nick Drake, David Byrne and Arthur Russell, Westerman’s single ‘Confirmation’ brought his music to new legions of fans with Pitchfork profiling him in their ‘Rising’ column and Best New Music, saying it “captures a promising writer who’s learned how to take good ideas and warp them into stranger, more sublime shapes.” Gorilla Vs Bear placed it at number 10 in their best tracks of the year (so far) feature this June. Following it up with ‘Edison’, an incisive trip into the inner frailties of a narcissist, the consensus is unanimous: his slick left-field pop leanings and psychological songwriting have made him one of the most hotly tipped artists this year.
With a new EP expected later this year and an album slated for 2019, the remainder of the year sees Westerman tour the world playing headline dates across UK, Europe, as well his debut US shows in New York and Los Angeles, sets in support of the Dirty Projectors on their European dates and a handful of special festival plays including Latitude, Reeperbahn and Green Man.
‘Edison’ and ‘Confirmation’ singles will be available on vinyl on August 17, pre-order it here.