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JWESTERN Releases Single ‘Regret It All’- Debut EP out October 23rd Via Heist Or Hit

October 22, 2020
Photo Credit: Aubrey Simpson

JWESTERN releases single ‘Regret It All’

Debut EP ‘Just People’ out October 23rd via Heist or Hit

Leeds alt-pop riser JWestern unveils ‘Regret It All’, his most pensive cut to date. Out today via Heist or Hit it trails his debut EP ‘Just People’, out October 23rd.

Part indie-adjacent R&B crooner whose soundwaves crash onto the shores of jazz and hip-hop, part mineworker cracking gems at the cliff face of pop, JWestern’s (AKA John Gooding) delivery is distinctly British; sardonic asides and northern vernacular dripping from his semi-rap flow. However, also indebted to a new breed of genreless US artists in Gus Dapperton, or Omar Apollo, he combines both sides of the coin to create a woozy transatlantic sound. 

JWestern · Regret It All

JWestern produces these pure and consuming compositions exuding such soulful dynamics, from the delicate and lustrous vocals to the piercing rhythms shimmering over the complex orchestration. Regret It All feels personal, feels relatable and yet the intense lyrics are captured in a more upbeat atmosphere thanks to the brighter tones and tweaks.

Writing and recording ‘Regret It All’ specifically was a formative experience for John, a penny drop moment where he realised his self-produced style could become a mode of expression. The emotion of the lyrics and melodies emboldened through digital and analogue techniques.

The echoing vocals and reverberating guitar licks that open the track signify thoughts bouncing around his head as he tries to come to terms with an imperfect relationship. This transformed the titular line from the track – ‘don’t make me regret it all’ – from a self-confessedly throwaway phrase, to a courier for the sentiments he was aiming to convey: 

I wanted the synths in the verses to push and pull to illustrate my frame of mind never being constantly in the right headspace, and rather dipping in and out of clarity for a long time.”

The actual content of the line is less important than the picture it paints when fused with these production techniques. This effect was not only achieved through computerised means:

“‘Regret It All’ is the only track on the EP which features the original acoustic guitar I’ve had since I was 6, which all my songs normally start on. For quite a while I thought it lacked movement and groove in the verse/chorus so I thought I’d try finger picking the chords over the top and straight away it changed my perspective of the song.” 

Keeping on the instrument that crafted the original genus of the track, with a link back to John’s childhood, points towards the genuine nature of the feelings involved – a centre point to his exploration of relatable themes.

JWestern’s debut collection of tracks brims 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. He is ready to step into the hazy space occupied by Easy LifeArlo ParksYellow Days or Still Woozy – with the likes of The Line of Best FitClash MagazineDORKGIGWISE and BBC Radio 1 proclaiming themselves as fans.

Regret It All’ is the new single from JWestern, and is out now via Heist or Hit. ‘Just People’ EP out October 23rd.

The deeply reflective EP is destined to become a favourite.

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