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Westerman Shares New Single “Take” – New Album “An Inbuilt Fault” out May 5th via Partisan / Play It Again Sam

March 22, 2023
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Westerman Shares New Single “Take”

New Album “An Inbuilt Fault” out May 5th via Partisan / Play It Again Sam

Westerman is back to share a new song, “Take”, from his upcoming album, An Inbuilt Fault, out May 5th 2023 via Partisan and Play It Again Sam. The track is accompanied by a music video directed by Edwin Burdis.

Take” is a powerful and introspective song, which Westerman notes, “is a selfish song glimpsed momentarily somewhere through the haze of the mesh and the swarm.” He adds, “Taking breaks the heart of love.” When coupled with album opener “Give,” Westerman describes the two songs – “Give” and “Take” – as alternate reflections on a love gone wrong.

The swirling notes bring this immediate experimental push to the exploration. The drums float through the soundscape with such clarity and crisp shuffles. Following the pace of the percussion, you embrace the creation.

The low-end joins and delivers this effortless emphasis to the structure, intertwining the depth of this soundscape whilst Westerman’s unique, baritone harmonies join the exploration. With the intimate lyrics and the affection oozing from the harmonies throughout, this composition adds an expressive nature to the journey. As the arrangement grows with more intricate additions, the keys just push this release further, adding this soulful touch.

The new track follows previously released singles “CSI: Petralona” and “Idol; RE-run,” which Clash described as “enchanting” and Pitchfork noted, “lingers deceptively far past its fade out.”
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 his 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 jump off 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.

An Inbuilt Fault


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

The album artwork is by the renowned New York via Portugal graphic designer and illustrator Bráulio Amado, who Westerman has had a longstanding relationship with. Bráulio Amado and Westerman worked together for the artwork on Westerman’s previous debut album as well.
This May, Westerman will begin his first North American tour in four years with stops including Seattle, Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, Austin, and Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now and you can find full tour routing below.
In 2020, Westerman released his debut album Your Hero Is Not Deada graceful and self-reflective project described as “excellent” by Pitchfork, that continued the artist’s journey from pop maverick to one of the most vital voices coming out of the UK. Your Hero Is Not Dead features the stand-out songs, “The Line”, “Your Hero Is Not Dead,” “Waiting on Design,” “Think I’ll Stay” and “Blue Comanche” and is the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Ark EP. 

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
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

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