Leeds trio Far Caspian release hazy new bedroom-pop gem Astoria
New EP The Heights out viaDance To The Radio on June 11th
Flitting between insular, emotionally engaging bedroom-pop and moments of festival-ready breathlessness across their iconic hazy sound, Leeds trio FarCaspian’s sonic formula is earning them fans at an exponential rate. New single Astoria epitomises this thrilling contradiction; calm, slowly grooving verses clear the decks for expansive choruses, replete with a timeless synth line. It’s the final preview ahead of imminent sophomore EP The Heights, out June 11th via Dance To The Radio.
Emerging last year with a collection of catchy lo-fi gems on hazy debut EP Between Days, and crafting their self-coined ‘melanjolly’ style to widespread critical praise, the trio’s newest output showcases their trademark sound with fresh commercial overtones and a very intentional 80s production sheen. Blending these two shades on a UK tour in support of the debut EP last month peaked with thrilling, sold-out debut headline shows in London and Manchester.
Discussing their forthcoming single, frontman Joel Johnston states: “’Astoria’ is the song on the EP that kind of sums up the feeling we wanted to put across, embracing the good things in your life when things aren’t so good.
Before we had started writing any of the songs I had already decided that there would be a track with this name. It’s a town in Oregon where the Goonies was shot. The Goonies has been my favourite movie since I was no age, and I’ve always wished I lived in that neighbourhood – this is me trying to emulate what I heard in my head when I pictured the town.
Me and Alessio were lying in the living room hungover when we wrote the chorus for the song. It came from nowhere and we just went with it.”
Touching on 80s giants Fleetwood Mac or The Cure in influence, as well as the sonics of modern stalwarts like Real Estate and Ariel Pink, their sound has already caught the ears of key tastemaker press (DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, The 405, Wonderland) and Radio (BBC Radio 1), as well as racking up millions of streams across the bedroom-pop YouTube world, and Spotify, positioning them centrally to a hazy sub-culture driven by savvy millennials/Gen Z-ers.
The three-piece played to a packed tent at last years’ Leeds Festival, as well as a DORK Magshowcase gig with Indoor Pets and Whenyoung., and an Autumn run plus appearances at the UK’s premiere festivals for emerging artists are in the diary (Live At Leeds, Hit The North).
Astoria was produced by Joel Johnston and is out 2nd May via Dance To The Radio.
Sat 4th May – Live at Leeds Festival
Sun 5th May – Hit The North Festival
Sat 12th October – Twisterella Festival