David Westlake


David Westlake is a British singer/songwriter. What few people who know and love Westlake and his tiny catologue of terrific tunes usually come from one of three associations. Firstly, Westlake formed indie band the Servants in 1985 in Hayes, Middlesex, England; the Servants were among the very best things on 1986Ô[][]s NME-associated C86 compilation, and the greatly expanded 48-song reissue version in 2006. Secondly, the Servants was the original home of Luke Haines (leader of The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder). And thirdly, as chronicled in an interview in US music magazine The Big Takeover (issue 53, 2004), Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch was a huge Westlake fan and was trying to locate him during the years that the older singer was dormant in the hopes of forming a band with him, before launching Belle in his school class instead. Play Dusty for Me (2002) is only WestlakeÔ[][]s second solo LP (the first, 1987Ô[][]s Westlake was on the fabled Creation Records in its golden era, another place he made a small, but too slight, dent) to go with one Servants LP (and a posthoumous 2006 retrospective of that essential band, called Reserved, the best place to begin with that band), and even this one was released, sort of, in a highly limited issue that quickly sold out but was still never repressed. London's Angular Recording Corporation issued a new, digital version in 2010, with bonus tracks. Interestingly, it is a highly reserved fare. The music has something in common with the Ô[][]Pale Blue EyesÔ[]Ø/Ô[][]Sunday MorningÔ[]Ø Velvet Underground. Add in a wistful touch of Dusty Springfield (an old Westlake favourite, feted here in the both the album title and opening title track), and a general unhurried nature of an LP put out for pure love rather than commercial gain, and this collaboration with guitarist Dan Cross and two Moore brothers for the rhythm section, Cormac bass and Willis drums, just seems to lay there in its relaxed, prettied, cooing loveliness. DonÔ[][]t pick any one...
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