JWestern Releases New Single ‘Feel Like This’ via Heist or Hit
Leeds alt-pop riser JWestern releases new single ‘Feel Like This’ which is out now via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Brad Stank, Pizzagirl).
Ruminating on the all-encompassing sensation that comes from falling in love, ‘Feel Like This’ is a smoky track, glistening with otherworldly guitar tones and vocal harmonies. The production, inspired by the leftfield Jazz-influenced indie and Hip-Hop of Slum Village, Oscar Jerome and Tom Misch, lifts the tune into an emotional hinterland. Like falling into pastel coloured clouds, it reflects the sentiment in the lyrics by giving way to both blissful comfort and distrustful confusion.
As JWestern, AKA John Gooding, explains:
“Writing ‘Feel Like This’ was all about capturing that first moment of realising you’re utterly in love with a person, but it’s all coming at you so fast. The confused, butterfly feeling which takes you aback and messes you up until you’re out the other side. I wanted to create an atmosphere of stillness, like someone’s underneath moonlight, completely wrapped up in their mind about this person and doing their utmost to keep moving.
It’s a very reflective song on something I may never experience again, so looking back on that moment makes me appreciate crossing paths with a person who could have such an impact on me in such a short amount of time. I think it’s something a lot of people can relate to, the uncertainty of thinking the feelings are all one sided and yet also having this anticipation of what could be. Knowing that you can’t get this persons’ touch out of your head day and night, wondering if they’re thinking the exact same thing over you. I think moments like these are really telling of learning more about yourself as a person.”
JWestern brings this intimate touch to “Feel Like This” mirrored from the raw lyrics to the warming vocal delivery. That well-known warming vibe that JWestern faultlessly captures in their vision, that welcomed vibe has again returned within this new single, however we feel that the new release displays this standout maturity from the compelling artist.
JWestern weaves their own unique charisma and eccentricities into every note, word, and beat that unites to form this stunning ensemble. JWestern’s euphoric vocals push the ensemble to new levels as present in each release that has been shared this year, however with “Feel Like This” this serious ambiance becomes the striking structure to the creation. JWestern delivers this dynamic arrangement that builds its own vibe yet ties this genuine influence into the setting. A real vulnerable attribute emerges from within throughout this exploration and by allowing that intimate and tender effect to present itself, JWestern showcases another level to their songwriting skills. The soulful vocal melodies sweep the audience into the captivating journey filled with memorable hooks whilst the journey seemingly grounds itself with this emotional anchor.
n this vein it picks up where last year’s debut EP ‘Just People’ left off, exploring themes of overthinking, inaction and saying too much while not saying enough. This established the 411 of the JWestern biosphere, but this time around John is writing at an even more open and vulnerable level.
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, being 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 is ready to step into the hazy space occupied by Easy Life, Arlo Parks, Yellow Days or Still Woozy – with the likes of Billboard, Vogue (Paris), The Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, DORK, GIGWISE and BBC Radio 1 proclaiming themselves as fans in this mission.