Leeds alt-pop newcomer JWestern releases the video for ‘Call Your Right Now’, following a flawless entrance with his debut single.
Directed by Aubrey Simpson, JWestern today reveals the video for his single ‘CallYouRightNow‘. It is indeed a modish video – a grainy filter giving the grey UK a soft 70s LA feel. Through it we see JWestern (AKA JohnGooding) and MiaTongo walk, cycle and dance through the half-light of dawn, dusk and twilight. Their presence is connected without the two ever actually meeting.
The single is taken from JWestern’s recently released debut collection, the ‘Just People’ EP. 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 numerous magazines proclaiming themselves as fans.
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 for JWestern”s themes and lyrics – personable, and relatable stories of mistakes and misgivings around your early 20s. Navigating a new scene with increasing responsibility and diminishing leeway.
JWestern gives us a tiny bit of his wavy EP with ‘Call You Right Now. 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. The smooth and sultry instrumental partnered with Gooding’s melancholic delivery creates a track that is easily one of the most confident debut releases of the year.
Probably at the start of a very exciting career, JWestern was born of humble beginnings. Written on the acoustic guitar he’s had since he was six, and recorded and produced entirely in his room – the lowliness bely the seasoned quality of the record, and we’ve barely begun.