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Approved: JWestern

By | Published on Thursday 1 July 2021


Running a nice line in jazz and hip hop-influenced indie pop, JWestern is gearing up for the release of his new EP, ‘Midnight Thoughts’. As the title suggests, his lyrics are shot through with the kind of anxieties that keep you awake at night, but the music is the perfect soundtrack to a lazy day lying in the sun. Remember lazy days lying in the sun?

Hopefully by the time the EP rolls around in August the relentless rain in the UK at the moment might have stopped. Anyway, this isn’t a weather forecast. The EP may not be set for release for a month and a half, but brand new single, ‘Active Guy’, is out right now.

“‘Active Guy’ is a kind of ode to myself”, he says. “At the time of writing it I was burnt out from working a nine-to-five job leaving me drained all the time. When it came to the weekend I just wanted to kick back and listen to music, but I always felt this expectation that I had to be productive all the time, bettering myself in some way”.

“Waking up at the crack of dawn and going for a run then doing a massive list of jobs, it just isn’t for me – on a Sunday at least”, he goes on. “When it came to writing the track it all began with the line ‘you think that I’m crazy – cos I just want to be lazy’ and I thought, what do I want to do on a Sunday? It all kind of snowballed from there and the lyrics just fell into place”.

‘Midnight Thoughts’ is out on 13 Aug, and you can catch JWestern at Hedrow House in Leeds on 6 Oct. Watch the video for ‘Active Guy’ here:

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