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Westerman Announces New Album “An Inbuilt Fault” out 5th May 2023 via Partisan Records & Shares New Single “CSI: Petralona”

February 2, 2023
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Westerman

Announces New Album “An Inbuilt Fault”, out 5th May 2023 via Partisan Records

& Shares New Song “CSI: Petralona”

Pre-save / pre-order here

The London-born, Athens, Greece-based artist Westerman announces his long-awaited second album, An Inbuilt Faultreleased on May 5th 2023 via Partisan Records. Alongside the announcement, Westerman shares the new single “CSI: Petralona,” co-produced by Westerman and James Krivchenia (Big Thief). The track follows previous single “Idol; RE-run.” “CSI: Petralona” reveals how through the process of writing the forthcoming album, finding textures became a central concern for Westerman, taking programming and looping into his own hands, creating polyrhythmic grooves to lend urgency to his inner dialogue. In addition, Westerman’s vocals are featured rawer and drier in the mix than ever before, reinforced by bursts of rich three-or-four-part vocal harmonies. 

Westerman shares how “CSI: Petralona” came together noting, “I had the riff for the song and left it lying around with a bunch of other bits and pieces. A friend told me that Tom Waits has this image of having a musical junk drawer of old parts that you haven’t found anything to do with. It came from there. I went to Greece for a month to scope out if I wanted to move here, and a friend encouraged me to write about this strange day I had there. The lyrics were immediate. It’s presented on the album as it was first written. It’s the most autobiographical song on the record.”

Westerman is ready to captivate all with the vivid new ensemble. Packed with emotion, stirring tonalities, and this surging fragility that floors the track. This striking orchestration will move you, the abundance of crisp yet complex textures and ethereal rhythms align to become this expressive bed for the delicate and moving vocal notes to glide above. The new release is a journey that the listeners embrace, a journey that will find connection and a cathartic outcome.

An Inbuilt Fault encapsulates some of the most adventurous and unselfconscious songwriting of Westerman’s career with music that is heavier and more sonically daring than Westerman’s previous releases. While first working solo through a period of isolation in Italy in 2020 and 2021, a chance meeting with Big Thief’s James Krivchenia at a show in London changed this. Westerman decided to take a leap of faith and collaborate with the drummer and an extended crew of Los Angeles associates to flesh out his new songs. The Italy demos became jumpoff points for jams which, in imaginatively edited forms, pushed the songs into new affective realms; sometimes, the mood became more sinister, sometimes more triumphant. Throughout the album, Westerman abstracts his specific points of inspiration into invented scenes featuring multiple characters (sometimes distinguished with vocal effects or alternate vocal ranges) and allows his most broad-strokes universal sentiments to dominate the foreground. The result is Westerman’s own mini-epic about being in crisis, stitched together from torn song fragments and spontaneous moments of musical exorcism, which combine to tell a story that takes clearer shape with repeated listens.

The album news follows the announcement of his first North American tour in four years beginning this May with stops including Seattle, Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, Austin, and Los Angeles. Westerman played a UK tour last Autumn including a packed London show at Union Chapel and will have more UK live dates to be announced soon. Westerman has also revealed the album artwork by the renowned New York via Portugal graphic designer and illustrator Bráulio Amado, with whom Westerman has had a long standing creative relationship, working together on his previous debut album.

An Inbuilt Fault

Westerman

Partisan Records

May 5 2023
Pre-order / pre-save here

1. Give

2. Idol; RE-run

3. I, Catullus

4. CSI Petralona

5. Help Didn’t Help At All

6. A Lens Turning

7. Take

8. An Inbuilt Fault

9. Pilot Was A Dancer

Upcoming Live Dates 

06 MAY 2023 / US / San Diego, CA / Casbah
07 MAY 2023 / US / San Francisco, CA / The Independent
09 MAY 2023 / US / Portland, OR / Mississippi Studios
10 MAY 2023 / US / Seattle, WA / Madame Lou’s
12 MAY 2023 / US / Salt Lake City, UT / Kilby Block Party
14 MAY 2023 / US / Denver, CO / Larimer Lounge
16 MAY 2023 / US / Minneapolis, MN / 7th St Entry
17 MAY 2023 / US / Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall
19 MAY 2023 / CA / Toronto, ON / Horseshoe Tavern
20 MAY 2023 / CA / Montreal, QC / Bar Le Ritz
21 MAY 2023 / US / Cambridge, MA / The Sinclair
23 MAY 2023 / US / Brooklyn, NY / Music Hall of Williamsburg
24 MAY 2023 / US / Philadelphia, PA / Johnny Brenda’s
26 MAY 2023 / US / Washington, DC / Songbyrd
27 MAY 2023 / US / Carrboro, NC / Cat’s Cradle
28 MAY 2023 / US / Atlanta, GA / The Earl
30 MAY 2023 / US / Austin, TX / Antone’s
31 MAY 2023 / US / Dallas, TX / Club Dada
2 JUNE 2023 / US / Phoenix, AZ / Valley Bar
3 JUNE 2023 / US / Los Angeles, CA / Lodge Room

https://westerman.world/

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