It’s been a little over two years since the endlessly intriguing South London artist Westerman released his debut album, Your Hero Is Not Dead, which came on the heels of a string of singles that led us to name him an Artist To Watch back in 2018. Today, he’s back with a new single, “Idol; RE-run,” the soft launch of Westerman’s next chapter.

The track is gorgeous crisp and engaging, and Westerman co-produced it with Big Thief drummer James Krivchenia. Krivchenia, Mikel Patrick Avery, and Booker Stardrum all played drums on the track, and it also features Ben Reed on bass, Luke Temple on synth, Mat Davidson on piano, and Robin Eubanks on the trombone.

“The lyrics to the song were written around the same time as the storming of the Capitol,” Westerman said in a statement. “The compulsion towards the pedestal is strong. The need to scapegoat and revere without logic. Our populists actively celebrate their being people who don’t know anything other or better than anyone else, yet these spectres with their failings conduct our anger and resentment as if they were gods. They are nothing more than the shadow of something else, the face fronting a need to be loved or revered present in everyone. And there will always be another face to front.”

Westerman has also announced a North American tour that kicks off next May. Listen to the new track and check out those dates below.

10/12 Faenza, IT @ Clandestino Faenza
10/13 Milan, IT @ Germi-Luuogo di Contaminazione
10/15 Budapest, HU @ Isolation Budapest
10/24 Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
10/25 Manchester, UK @ Yes
10/26 Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
10/28 London, UK @ Union Chapel
05/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
05/07 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
05/09 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
05/10 Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s
05/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
05/16 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
05/17 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/19 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
05/20 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
05/21 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
05/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/24 Philadelphia, PA @Johnny Brenda’s
05/26 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
05/27 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
05/28 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/30 Austin, TX @ Antone’s Nightclub
05/31 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06/02 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
06/03 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room

“Idol; RE-run” is out now via Partisan.