An accomplished mass of peppy guitar and simple distorted beats to set the scene for his entirely surreal musings.
From simple guitar and singer songwriting, Westerman adds stabs of melody and toys between cadence and dissonance. His music benefits from an astounding simplicity and directness that focuses his unique voice that traverses the higher registers. Playful timings, pauses and bright, colourful synthesis fill out the sound and add to the intrigue.
It would be too easy to label this as alt-pop and move on. Instead, it’s more of a London take on modern folk music, and whilst he cites inspiration from the likes of Neil Young I can’t help but hear moments of Sting and second album The Police. It’s something to do with the unusual vocal inflections and the thick chorus surrounding the guitar. At a time when ambient artists can start to feel just a little bit dour, the weird ways of Westerman combines a very direct recording style with electronic beats and flourishes learned from producer Bullion. Not only that, Westerman’s previous release Edison has been remixed by London lo-fi house upstart Ross From Friends to create a surreal and glitchy 90s dance mashup.
Westerman’s latest track, Easy Money is an accomplished mass of peppy guitar and simple distorted beats to set the scene for his entirely surreal musings. Building gently, it makes for laid back and mellow listening; with looping melodies and simple harmonies, it never tries to deliver too much. In what was supposed to be a love song I’ve got to admit I’m a bit lost amongst the final lyrics, however almost random lyrical phrasings mirror the flashes of sound that actually fit the overall feel brilliantly. Charming obscurity seems to come naturally to Westerman.
West London based, he heads out for a few limited dates across Europe, England and Wales this Autumn.