Mark Westberg Delivers Colourful EP ‘Starseed Phantoms’
Mark Westberg was originally born in Seattle, WA and now currently resides in Santa Fe, NM, having graduated with honours in performing arts from the Santa Fe University of Art & Design in spring 2014. He began his professional career as a theatre actor when he was nine-years-old, and took an interest in music when he reached his early to mid-teenage years. He has also participated in indie film work, which earned him membership in the Screen Actors Guild film union, and is currently serving as a director on the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance organisation. Mr. Westberg also creates art pieces consisting of various mediums and has held local art exhibitions, and he has modelled occasionally as well, having been on the cover of an issue of the online publication, EMAGE Magazine International, back in winter 2014. Mark would love to thank his family and friends for their ever-continued love and support, and sends his love to his cats.
Let’s take a closer look at Mark Westberg’s music…
‘Starseed Phantoms’ is a six-track EP which is colourful and raw. It is no wonder that this is an artist who has Chromesthesia, which has given him an involuntary ability to “see” music and sounds in colour and shades. As he states, ‘music is beyond just a “job” or a mere craft for me - it’s an experience’.
Westberg delivers six unique songs to his listener, which are all individual yet interwoven. Opening track ‘Amber Staircase’ is a gleeful folk tune tinged with darkness. It offers a view of the world which is experimental and highly creative, with its descriptive lyrics and trippy guitar riff. Luscious backing vocals from Leah Leyva-Backing also feature.
‘Paranoid Moon’ explores one of the artist’s recurring motifs - the moon. This is a song which is surrealistic and about the apocalypse, mentioning ‘ultraviolet rain’, and inviting the listener to ‘dance all night’. The chorus is uplifting while the contrasting verses are pensive.
Westberg’s poetic sensibilities carry through into the next track, ‘Paralized’, with mention of nightmares and torment. ‘Delicate’ offers a point of contrast, and features Neil Young style harmonica. Westberg’s influences are clear to hear in particular; the likes of Young, and also Jim Morrison and Jeff Buckley. Closing track ‘Sky Full Of Vultures’ is catchy and melodic with beautiful guitar-strumming and beautiful, minimal percussive elements which work to build suspense throughout.
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