Taken from his debut album of the same name, out on June 5th via Play it again Sam, ‘Your Hero is not head‘ is the latest single from Westerman, following on from ‘Waiting on Design’, ‘Think I’ll Stay’ and ‘Blue Comanche’.
Of the track Westerman says “This was the last song I wrote for the whole record, but I had the title for the album before any of the music was formed. I remember I wrote it on the day that Mark Hollis died. He’s probably as close to a musical hero as I have. The song isn’t about him or Talk Talk necessarily, but when he died I wanted to put myself to task and respond to the sadness I was feeling at that moment.”
There’s an intimacy and warmth about the track, this inexorable movement forward, albeit steadily, as guitar noodles and synths and piano fill. It’s melancholy, beautiful stuff.
Check it out, here