WESTERMAN – ” Your Hero Is Not Dead “

Posted: April 28, 2020 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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West London’s Will Westerman, who releases music simply under his last name, is releasing his debut full-length album, Your Hero Is Not Dead, on June 5th via Partisan. On Tuesday he shared another song from it, title track “Your Hero Is Not Dead,” which he says is inspired by the 2019 passing of Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis. He has also put out a new SoundCloud mix he calls “freeform communal music” and has titled Huxley. It features Neil Young, Thundercat, George Harrison, Arthur Russell, and others.

Westerman had this to say about “Your Hero Is Not Dead” in a press release: “This was the last song I wrote for the whole record, but I had the title for the album before any of the music was formed. I remember I wrote it on the day that Mark Hollis died. He’s probably as close to a musical hero as I have. The song isn’t about him or Talk Talk necessarily, but when he died I wanted to put myself to task and respond to the sadness I was feeling at that moment.”

Westerman recorded Your Hero Is Not Dead in Southern Portugal and London with his friend and producer Nathan Jenkins (aka Bullion). The album includes tracks “Blue Comanche,” a new song Westerman shared in January. Then when the album was announced he shared another new song from it, “Think I’ll Stay,” and another song from it, “Waiting On Design,” .

“I hope this suspension of life as we know it isn’t too much for you at the moment. I have been thinking a lot about what I can do and what I should do. It’s disorientating when the rug gets pulled on everything, it’s been wonderful to see such a rapid collective response to these times of enforced solitude. It’s helpful for me to think of the different ways music sustains people who are feeling alone. This music comes in response to the feeling of isolation and disconnect, and I hope it finds you and your loved ones alone, together.”

“Your Hero Is Not Dead” is taken from Westerman’s upcoming album of the same name, out 5th June on Play It Again Sam / Partisan Records.

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