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Ted West / Press

“The main ingredient for an honest, true artist is always authenticity, whether that comes from a trained background or from somewhere deep inside one’s heart and soul. For Ted West, his quest to recording artist made a pit stop at acting before he decided that the book of self-penned poetry he’d carried around since he was a teenager (ala Jim Morrison) needed to be translated to song. (West even includes a few nods to Morrison on his new record, True West, including a cover of the Doors’ “The Crystal Ship.”) West’s sound walks the line between urban decay and psychedelia, often melding the two together to create a sound that’s modern Los Angeles — an updated Morrison, if you will. There’s nothing throwback to find here, just a wholly streamlined, “today” album for today’s radio listener… as well as those vinyl-spinners among us. Now, check out the haunting, enchanting “Bittersweet Descent” from True West, out October 27.”

“From childhood Jim Morrison has been a hero of Ted West and somehow that transferred over into his own approach to singing. Very easily getting lost in this track, may happen to be the only comprehendable sentence I can come up with. Because being shocked and floored, traditionally these turn around ventures happen once in blue moon. Especially having a voice to match that night life of Los Angeles that could easily be reflected in a film cross over between Drive and a Larry Clark directed ensemble. Ted does not care if his music sounds ‘not so commercial’ meaning he is truly in this not to “win it” but to play the original breath of fresh air grooves that leaves his head and enters into the microphone. As a naturally stage performer, hitting the charts is not exactly what Ted has in mind. As the offer stands though, go catch a show and be bewildered into a succulent adventure that will have anyone living out some weird/bliss like fantasies.”

“TED WEST TRUE WEST Ted is hitting his stride at full-freakin-speed between “Madder Than Love” and this next tune. “Bittersweet Descent” is actually a lot closer to a sound like Depeche Mode would make as opposed to what you were probably expecting from Ted! That being said…once again, late in the stages of True West, Ted has found a brilliant way to work with his strengths and delivers a flawless performance through the inventive beat & music of “Bittersweet Descent.” Groovy…almost like a B-side from Prince’s “Gett Off” single, or around that time in his career anyway… Love it though…”Bittersweet Descent” is dark, funky, well-executed and fantastically impressive. There’s a confidence in this guy that tells him to go after anything at all in music, and I love that. His lyricism has always been incredible…and I think the poetic nature of his writing comes out incredibly well in the avant-garde track “A Thousand Kisses Deep.” Musically it’s both s”

“Nick Cave. Chris Isaak. Massive Attack. If you mixed them altogether and added even more heartbreak, you'd get Ted West. His latest track, 'Bittersweet Descent', is a delectable slice of BreakBeat Jazz Pop. As the horn section spirals further down, you go along with it, a willing passenger in the delightful journey. The delicate toy piano's innocence is played against wonderfully by the macabre, echoing vocals. Ted West's intricate, broken style breathes new life into the tired singer/songwriter path trodden by so many before him. Experimenting with new styles and techniques, West is an exciting, interesting prospect, and one you definitely need to look out for.”

“SOUND WILL APPEAL TO ALL Almost each and every song treads a different style and genre, making Ted West a consummate crossover artist. But he doesn’t just jump across styles and genres; he transcends sexes and age groups too! You could play a Ted West song to your granny, just as much as you can play one to your nephew. He has a clean-cut sound that will appeal to all. On “True West”, Ted moves from a more whittled down approach to a large sounding groove arrangements, sweetly played by truly competent musicians, and it is all countered by his typical melodic vocals. I think that veterans like myself, who have seen and heard the evolution of pop and rock music, have learned that what initially clicks will sometimes wear down, and often other works will grow with time, and that is true because we ever changing. The songs on “True West” seem to cater to both ends of the stick. I suggest a nice long car ride, the music turned up, and some quality time in the sole company of T”

“Like his hero Jim Morison, he carried around a book of poetry he started as a teenager – of which many of the songs on his new album were drawn from. When the opportunity to record presented itself, he dusted off his originals and also mined his record collection for the most influential musical moments of his youth. His covers of Marianne Faithfull and Leonard Cohen showcase a keen ability to crawl inside and breathe new life into the already iconic songs. Ted has also gigged internationally – from Copenhagen to Barcelona and has been a regular performer at House of Blues on Sunset. His new album, entitled True West (Out 10-27-15), presents West’s eclectic musicality at its most personal. While the album’s tips its hat to the resurgence of ‘Blue Eyed Soul’, its spiritual overtones are clear. “I’m not really trying to sound commercially appealing” Ted notes. “My heart is really in the performance not the marketplace".”

“Ted West blesses our ears with his ambient, groovin’, chilled out single “Bittersweet Descent” off his upcoming project True West due out October 27, 2015. Stream this tune, then continue reading. Starting his career as a stage actor with roles ranging from Pharaoh to Elivs, Ted found himself tagging along with his then-girlfriend who was actively pursuing a career as a music artist. One day the producer asked Ted to sing acapella during one of those recording sessions…the rest is now history. Sounding somewhat like a modern day Jim Morrison, Ted lays his heart out through poetry founded in the rhythms, melodies, and ambience of his refreshing and unique sound. Bittersweet Descent is a tasty jam driven by the bassline groove and West’s soulful, engaging voice. This is a you feel. True West is going to be an album worth listening to. Connect with Ted on Soundcloud or find him on YouTube. The album is due for release October 27th.”

“A DYLANESQUE SOUND! TRUE WEST ALBUM REVIEW: West’s album definitely has an interesting sound and that is immediately apparent from “California,” the opener. His voice immediately reminded me of Bob Dylan with a softer edge to it. I enjoyed the folksy-sound to this song, and particularly found the lyrics smart. “Madder Than Love,” which appears later on the album, is another standout. Rather than sounding like Dylan here, I was immediately reminded of The Doors late singer Jim Morrison, and West sounded great singing in that register. At this point, one of the things that struck me that I liked about the album was how many different influential artists I was reminded of while listening to this album. West has managed to take elements from all of their work and make them his own. With “True West,” West has crafted a really pretty album, chock full of sounds and elements from music past that, simply, work. I would highly recommend checking his album out.”

“Ted West premieres "Bittersweet Descent" via Popdose: Ted West, a psychedelic pop artist from, recently premiered his lead-off single “Bittersweet Decent” via Popdose. The publication described the release as, “West’s sound walks the line between urban decay and psychedelia, often melding the two together to create a sound that’s modern Los Angeles”. Ted West has traveled around the globe, from Copenhagen to Barcelona, to perform his musical talents for international fans, and has been a regular performer at House of Blues on Sunset in LA. “Bittersweet Decent” is off Ted‘s forthcoming release, True West, which will be released later in the month on October 27th. The album will show West’s eclectic background of personal musical talent. Take a listen to “Bittersweet Decent” below for yourself, and look for much more to come from the talented Ted West in the coming months.”

“New Music: Ted West A few years back his then girlfriend was pursuing a career as a recording artist and Ted found himself tagging along to many of the famed Los Angeles recording studios. Fate intervened one day after a producer asked Ted to sing A Capella. Suffice it to say; his relationship didn’t pan out but he returned to the studio several months later to record his own songs at the behest of the producer. While it seems like a sharp turn of events, the seeds of West’s songwriting career had been gestating for a lifetime. Like his hero Jim Morison, he carried around a book of poetry he started as a teenager – of which many of the songs on his new album were drawn from. When the opportunity to record presented itself, he dusted off his originals and also mined his record collection for the most influential musical moments of his youth. His covers of Marianne Faithfull and Leonard Cohen showcase a keen ability to crawl inside and breathe new life into the already iconic son”

“Like his hero Jim Morison, he carried around a book of poetry he started as a teenager – of which many of the songs on his new album were drawn from. When the opportunity to record presented itself, he dusted off his originals and also mined his record collection for the most influential musical moments of his youth. His covers of Marianne Faithfull and Leonard Cohen showcase a keen ability to crawl inside and breathe new life into the already iconic songs. Ted has also gigged internationally – from Copenhagen to Barcelona and has been a regular performer at House of Blues on Sunset. His new album, entitled True West (Out 10-27-15), presents West’s eclectic musicality at its most personal. While the album’s tips its hat to the resurgence of ‘Blue Eyed Soul’, its spiritual overtones are clear. “I’m not really trying to sound commercially appealing” Ted notes. “My heart is really in the performance not the marketplace.””

“Ted West is an artist whose initial career path was not in music. He started his career in the entertainment industry as a stage actor, specializing in character work. Mr. West’s fate intervened one day after a producer asked Ted to sing A Capella. This led the two to the studio several months later to record some songs. From those early days he has gone to travel the world performing. He sent us over the single from his new album, “Bittersweet Descent,” and it takes downtempo turn with its trip-hop style beat and Airy vocals. Stream the track below and look for his new album, True West, out on October 27th, 2015.”

“'Bittersweet Descent' by Ted West Mood is one of the most important aspects of a song, as far as I’m concerned. Trust me when I tell you this song has plenty of it. “Bittersweet Descent” comes across as a dreamy/bluesy soundscape that tells you exactly what you’re in for within the first 20 seconds of the song. Rhodes piano and a distant trumpet set the scene right before stinging drums hit you (as Grandfather Clinton might say) “right in the earhole.” As of writing this, I haven’t heard it in the car yet, but I can say from experience, I know it would sound awesome! The song contrasts a beautiful lyric quality which Mr. West delivers perfectly well, with a more tenor approach for the chorus – a gift that most singers envy, I’m sure. The lyrics paint the sound with the returning words “I’m still falling, I’m only halfway down.” It's sexy and somber at the same time which makes it right for just about any time of night. “Bittersweet Descent” is more than ”

“Here is an interesting track provided by Ted West. This artist is well on his way with his newest track ‘The Guests’. This track is a masterpiece, when listening you will feel it giving you chills from it’s melodic power. Fans of artists in the style of ie: “Pink Floyd” will love this track from it’s solid intro moving on to powerful vocals and intense energy. You will lose your self in a momentum of sounds with each note played.”

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