Introducing: Westerman

Westerman"Misantropé", the new single from London based singer songwriter Westerman, came by mistake. It was just a small mistake - the kind that most people forget about as soon as it's happened. His sister mispronounced the word 'misanthrope'. That's all it took, but for Westerman, it set off a story in his head of falling in love with a girl in Saint Tropez. Soon, he had written "Misantropé".

The song, like the other sparse offerings we've heard from Westerman so far, is beautiful, minimalist folk. While all the usual folk influences can be found in his tender acoustic guitar playing - artists like Nick Drake and Neil Young - there's something updated and modern about his music too. In "Misantropé" keys dance in the background as a subtle hip hop beat gives the song swagger. The treated vocals and melody lines are weirdly reminiscent of Django Django, especially on Westerman's other single, "Harvard". He's very much at the front of a pioneering modern folk sound, in the same bracket as Bristol's Tamu Massif.

Westerman has a secret weapon in creating these sounds, and it comes in the form of his producer, DEEK Recordings founder, Bullion. Known for his left field electronic pop work, Bullion has helped to give Westerman's songs an edge, adding subtle changes to take his beautifully written acoustic songs to a new level.

Westerman's currently on a lot of radars, having been featured in Drowned in Sound's singles of the week and getting some spins on Radio X. He's set to play at the Waiting Room in London on Tuesday 26th April 2016.

Find out more about Westerman here and listen to "Misantropé" below.


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