“I wanted to make something that was eventually uplifting” says Will Westerman about the origins of his debut album Your Hero Is Not Dead. “I wanted to say in as unguarded terms as I could — there are reasons for hope.” This vision, fully realized, is an album about empathy and compassion, struggle and release, and all the ways we contradict and battle within ourselves.
Your Hero Is Not Dead is full of supremely crafted songs about moral, political, and ethical grey areas. Recorded alongside his close friend and producer Nathan Jenkins (aka Bullion), they find Westerman attempting to resolve external issues by looking inward. Like a young Peter Gabriel in a late-capitalist world, Westerman’s music falls somewhere between artful soft rock and confessional electronic pop.