After the wistful ambience of his Call And Response EP, a record steeped in leftfield antecedents like Nick Drake, David Byrne and Arthur Russell, Westerman’s latest single ‘Confirmation’ emerges after a momentary spell of deliberation for the West London artist.
As Westerman says: “‘Confirmation’ is about the difficulties of infinite choice - and the allure of impulsiveness.” Ostensibly a message that applies to his own creative process, Westerman observes its omnipresence in all of our lives. The feeling of “trying too hard when actually the best ideas come when you’re just going with it. It's a self critique as well as an exploration of a wider point regarding the debilitating risks of having too many things going on internally and externally.”
As a result it marks a sharp progression in Westerman’s sound. From the striking early work which revealed a respectfully awed reverence for his influences, ‘Confirmation’ sees Westerman channelling the spirit of origination in those influences rather than directly referencing them sonically. It continues a string of collaborations with electronic producer Bullion which have sculpted Westerman’s sound from the beatific minimalism of before, into a more ambient and textured project, unafraid to take risks.
Having spent recent years working alongside artists such as Sampha, Jessie Ware, SBTRKT and The Maccabees, this past year has seen singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Fabiana Palladino move into a new realm, with 2017’s celestial single Mystery being released on Jai and A.K. Paul’s Paul Institute to wide acclaim.
July 2018 saw the release of Palladino’s first self-produced track Shimmer. With heavy percussion channelling Sheila E and a subtle mysticism influenced by the likes of Kate Bush, Shimmer creates a unique feminine power of its own. By matching meticulously crafted pop songwriting with bold and inventive production choices, Palladino has found her sound.