On an album in which he confronts issues of the self, social anxiety and psychotherapy – alongside conducting character studies of complicated individuals – ‘Tried To Tell Me Something’ sets itself apart as one of Wesley’s more poppier offerings.
“I spent the months before writing it listening to strictly Prince, Disco and Eurythmics ‘There Must Be An Angel’,” said Wesley. “Lyrically it’s a song that focusses on hindsight and looking at things in a different light, how you can be totally in a partnership with someone and in relatively no time at all find that things have changed dramatically.”
He made his names as a teenager with DIY indie punk’s Let’s Wrestle but with the arrival of ‘Change’ he emerges as a pop sophisticate, armed to the teeth with an array of high-end synthesizers, all mixed for the dancefloor by James Greenwood (Ghost Culture, Daniel Avery, Kelly Lee Owens).
Wesley is a master at giving ivid life to the 2 dimensional. And in this examination of the power of looking at things from a different perspective, ‘Tried To Tell Me Something’ exceeds that understated beauty.