Continuing their collaboration following last Christmas’ sold out show, The Jazz Cafe and Blue Flowers return with the label’s next breakthrough act; Westerman.

After the wistful ambience of his Call And Response EP, a record steeped in leftfield antecedents, and his single ‘Confirmation’ which has amassed over 1,000,000 streams, Westerman reemerged last month after a momentary spell of deliberation with new EP Ark.

Westerman has a simple, elegant approach to the wispy, wide-eyed experimental pop he creates. “I see melodies and lyrics as the central sketch of a painting and the production around it kinda like a palette, the colours you surround and fill it with,” the 26-year-old explains, a formula part-inspired by the 1980s synthy former chart hits his mum would play him on early-morning car journeys to school, aged 7. “Bronski Beat, Talking Heads: all those guys had great songs that, if you isolate the melodies, are full of great melodies, dressed up in interesting ways.”

We caught up with the artist ahead of his appearance at The Jazz Cafe on Wednesday 12th December.

Three words to describe my music 
Melodic
Measured
Felt

Favourite ever film…
The great beauty

Favourite instagram account…
I don’t like Instagram.

The best venue I’ve played…
Elsewhere in Bushwick.

The song I can’t listen to…
REM everybody hurts. Can’t do it. Won’t.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Washing dishes in a greasy spoon in London. Cleaning out deep fat fryers it’s impossible to get rid of the smell of grease. Oh man.

My favourite meal to cook…
Pasta – I can’t pick just one though.

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Something colourful – maybe Traffic.

My Favourite word….
Today it is rambunctious

If I had a superpower I’d want it to be….
Better organised. That seems like a superpower to me!

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
I’d love to play in Seoul.

I think you should listen to…
Amen Dunes – freedom

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
I’d like to have seen Nirvana before they blew. The energy must have been out of this world.

Westerman plays The Jazz Cafe on Wednesday 12th December.