JWESTERN Releases New Video for ‘Call You Right Now’
Taken from debut EP ‘Just People’ – out now via Heist or Hit
Leeds alt-pop riser JWestern reveals the video for his single ‘Call You Right Now‘. Directed by Aubrey Simpson, it’s a super stylish visual – a grainy filter giving the grey UK a soft 70s LA feel. Through it we see JWestern (AKA John Gooding) and Mia Tongo walk, cycle and dance through the half-light of dawn, dusk and twilight. Their presence is connected without the two ever actually meeting.
The track is taken from recently released JWestern’s debut collection, the ‘Just People‘ EP – out now via Heist or Hit. This release 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 Life, Arlo Parks, Yellow Days or Still Woozy – with the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, DORK, GIGWISE and BBC Radio 1 proclaiming themselves as fans.
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.
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 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.
As with this crowd – the themes in the crosshairs for JWestern are close to home – personable, and relatable stories of mistakes and misgivings around your early 20s. Navigating a new scene with increasing responsibility and diminishing leeway.
EP opener ‘Call You Right Now’ is the first taste you get of John’s trademark wavy sound – it was also the first single released, and has since exploded past 100k streams in a short period of time. Welcoming us with shimmering guitars and lackadaisical vocals, it’s an impressive opening statement – the repeating chorus leaving a lasting impression.
Written on the acoustic guitar he’s had since he was six, and recorded and produced entirely in his room – the humble beginnings bely the seasoned quality of the record, and things are just beginning.
The video for ‘Call You Right Now‘ is out now taken from JWestern’s debut EP ‘Just People’ – out now via Heist or Hit.