To me there is nothing as soothing as Westerman’s vocals, they have such a calming effect on the world around me, which seems to be chaotic most of the time. He has just announced his signing to Play It Again Sam and shared his first release on the label. “Blue Comanche”
As with all his songs Blue Comanche is three minutes of beauty, his lyrics cutting deeper as guitars and synths slowly blossom into the atmospheric pop world he introduced on his critically-acclaimed Ark EP.
Speaking of the song, Westerman says, “Blue Comanche” is about the inevitability of environmental loss as a consequence of modernization. I’m not a Luddite, I don’t think we should go back to the Stone Age or anything, but there’s still something profoundly sad about what’s being lost.
I find party politics frustrating because it’s so cyclical. I’m obsessed with ethics, and politics and ethics can be bad bedfellows. I’m political in a solitary way. There are issues that I think are important and occupy my thoughts, but I struggle with organized politics. In the party system, there’s inevitable compromise and concession, which is frustrating. That’s why I like writing, you can say what you want without any dilution.
I wanted this to be a calming song though, not angry. Today it’s so easy to live in an echo chamber of bad news, but if you look hard you can still see individual acts of kindness everywhere. You have to be engaged and stay sensitive to suffering, but it’s not constructive to live in that space all the time.”
Alongside the track, he is announcing a string of shows in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco plus a date in London at Hoxton Hall on June 4th, 2020. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, January 17th at 10 am local time and will be available via www.westerman.world.