We Introduce to you Leeds Band Far Caspian!
‘Melanjolly’ is a word you seldom hear. In fact, it’s a word that you never hear, as it doesn’t currently feature in the Oxford English Dictionary. However if rising Leeds band Far Caspian have their way, that’s all about to change.
The trio formed in January of this year. Frontman Joel Johnson expressed his desire to turn a bedroom project into something more. Housemate Alessio Scozzaro (Bass) joined, followed by Jof Cabedo (Drums), and Far Caspian was born. Their dreamy, synth driven debut ‘Holding On’ was quickly followed by my personal favourite of theirs, the more stripped back, summer anthem ’Let’s Go Outside’. Their sound is akin to that of Local Natives and MGMT. However it maintains a raw, youthful edge that sets them apart from the aforementioned acts.
The self nominated ‘Melanjolly’ tag refers to the juxtaposition of the group’s dreamy, sanguine musicality, mixed with lyrics that touch on emotions such as depression, homesickness and social anxiety. Referring to their debut EP, Far Caspian explain: “Although it’s a pretty upbeat instrumental, the lyrics touch on depression and feeling far from something you could call home. The whole EP is loosely based on my experiences of moving to England and feeling a disconnect to living in a new city for the first time.”
Between Days EP
‘Between Days’ was recently released through UK Indie Label Dance to the Radio. Whilst it features the previously released ‘Let’s Go Outside’ their sonic evolution is clear to see. Texturally there is more depth, and the songwriting feels more mature, whilst maintaining their organic edge. Title track ‘Between Days’ has a Bombay Bicycle Club feel. Whilst closing track ‘Finding My Way Home’ is perhaps the most melanjolly of all, starting off soft and exposed, and gradually building into a euphoric wall of hazy guitars and distant vocals.
As well as impressing on record, Far Caspian have been turning heads as a live act. The highlight so far has been a rousing performance at this year’s Leeds Festival, where they played to a packed tent on Thursday night. With other appearances at Gold Sounds Festival and Live at Leeds, as well as support slots for Her’s and Indoor Pets. They’ve also confirmed another slot at Live at Leeds for the spring. They are for sure an act to keep your eyes and ears on in 2019.
Words by Will Easton
Stream their Debut EP here:
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