JWestern Delivers Flawless Debut Single ‘Call You Right Now’
“Spirited bop with an introspective edge” – The Line of Best Fit
“Smooth jazz and hip-hop-influenced summer bop” – DORK
Harnessing softly slung chord progressions, frictionless beats, and a pastel pallet of wavy instrumentation, Leeds newcomer JWestern releases intoxicating debut single Call You Right Now.
The breezy tone suggests a sound more indebted to South Central L.A. than his bedroom in England, but JWestern – AKA John Gooding – embraces the contrast. He combines both sides of the coin to create a woozy rural metropolis, where the streets look like degraded 35mm film stock, catching snapshots of a permanent summer.
Explaining the themes, John reveals the inspiration comes from a personal place; “At the time of writing the track I was going through quite a bad patch in a relationship that I knew my heart wasn’t fully in, but I didn’t know how to express how I was feeling, so lyrically the song really became my outlet. I remember lying in bed and pretty much writing all the lyrics in one night, with the chords going round and round in my head; it felt like everything had been building up in my mind for so long that it all just needed to be let out.
It’s me trying to come to terms with the insecurities and indecisiveness I felt within the relationship and whether the decisions I was making were the right ones. I wasn’t sure what I fully wanted but I knew I needed to give myself time and space away from everything and anything.”
Lured to the iridescent neo-soul/hip-hop culture orbiting Soundcloud, discovering Rejjie Snow and Tom Misch aged 14 was like a bump of raw medicine. After further falling into the worlds of King Krule and Steve Lacy, John was soon crafting his own jazz and hip-hop adjacent doses of indie, naturally radiating a wonky ooze of synaesthesia, crackling with reality.
He emerges with a confidence stemming from hours chipping away at his art, secluded in his bedroom, until his embryonic demos were sculpted into fully formed bops-in-waiting. Now, JWestern is primed and ready to step into the hazy space occupied by Easy Life, Arlo Parks, Yellow Days or Still Woozy – and Call You Right Now is a compelling calling card.