by Thomas Bedward June 19, 2019
Future West is the musical outing of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Francis Watters. Beginning its current form in Summer 2019, Watters has carefully moulded a once loud, harsh, abrasive sound into something more delicate and upbeat, maintaining a relentless sense of honesty in his thought-provoking lyrics. Recruiting a three-piece band and brandishing an acoustic guitar, a synth and a speaker full of beats, loops and samples live, Watters and Future West deliver to you, their own unique brand of chill indie/electro bedroom pop.
Continuing the stark departure from the noisy, harsh previous work of Future West, Francis Watters has followed on from his last deft offering with an even bigger leap into pop territory. Cue, ‘See What I See’, a three-minute blast of modern pop sounds build over a cascade of vibrant, 80's pop, all nestling on a bed of dreamlike guitars and tightly knit vocal harmonies. Stream it below via Spotify.
Of the track, Watters has said, “See What I See is a song about longing to escape, to breathe new ground and air and break through the suffocations of day to day life. I wrote it in a day when I had a really strong desire to return to my hometown of Dundalk after living in the U.K for eighteen months. I didn’t want to dwell on the lyrics or music and start tinkering with it for months on end like I usually do because of how spontaneous my decision to return to Ireland was. It was written and recorded in the same week and mixed and mastered two weeks later. Because of how out of the blue the decision to move was the lyrics are very direct and abrupt and I wanted to keep that sense of urgency in the track."
Available now on most major streaming platforms, ‘See What I See’ continues Watters charging into a brilliant new era in Future West’s sound. Grab your copy now on Bandcamp.
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