Future West - 'Human' - Artwork by Charlotte Schreiber

Future West Is ‘Human’ Just Like You

Future West is the performance name of London based Irish multi-instrumentalist and producer, Francis Watters. His latest track, ‘Human’, is a synth-heavy, electronic track, evoking Gary Numan, 80s Bowie, and Arctic Monkeys circa 2009-2012.

The lyrics are very thought provoking; Francis points out that we are all human – we might have small differences, but deep down we’re the same under the skin. He very cleverly manages to fit a vast quantity of lyrics into the music, becoming, effectively, an instrument themselves:

And so I say, We’re all human after all we say and do.


Would you care to be human too? I’m like you, a human fool.

Sonically, as said earlier, we’re reminded of Gary Numan and Bowie; it’s the electronica that gives this impression, with Francis’ voice having an electronic quality that fits perfectly with the music.

Speaking of the track, Francis said,

It’s a song about not falling victim to the un-realistic standards that most social media platforms/influencers portray. We all fall into them pits sometimes where we wish our lives were more like something we’ve seen online or in a magazine and this track is just a reminder that nobody is perfect and that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes.

‘Human’ is accompanied by a music video which was co-created by Francis Watters with Johnny Stemp, and it’s as thought-provoking as the song itself, with the focus solely on Francis, who is seated against a black wall. Objects such as a banana, a hair dryer, and a small succulent plant are presented to him in turn, as he sings about us all being human with humour, and a little bit of pathos.

You can see Future West perform live in concert on the following:

March 1 – The Rose & Crown, Hertfordshire (Bishops Stortford)
March 17 – The Boogaloo, Highgate, London
May 5 – Bish Bash Music Festival, Hertfordshire (Bishops Stortford) with Shaun Ryder’s “Black Grape”

‘Human’ is available to stream and download on Bandcamp, Spotify and SoundCloud. You can find out more about Future West online on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Watch the video for ‘Human’:

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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