EP Review: Far Caspian – The Heights

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Photo by Harry Robinson

Leeds-based trio Far Caspian step into the light with their sophomore EP The Heights (released via Dance To The Radio). Spanning five all-consuming tracks, their EP is a reflective offering that blends stirring lyricism with dreamy synth-led pop. The Heights marks the trio’s most mature and refined release yet.

‘Conversations’ is a vibrant opening to the EP — bringing together washed out guitars, delicate vocal harmonies and an enticing rhythm. The dreamy vocals blend beautifully with the instrumentals, with the guitars escalating in intensity as the song progresses. Despite the summertime energy of the track, the words are introspective and thought-provoking. The EP then moves into ‘Astoria’, which was inspired by the town in Oregon where The Goonies was shot. Just like the EP’s opener, the track radiates warmth. ‘Astoria’ evokes a feeling of being caught in a moment and savouring it up.

Opening with glowing synths that appear like that first glimpse of light in the morning, ‘A Dream of You’ features 80s-like instrumentals and floating vocals. The track is an exploration of abandonment — the words ‘I’m so terrified’ are also present in the construction of the synths. ‘A Dream of You’ takes an emotion like fear and sees the band turn it into something utterly dazzling. Next up is ‘These Times’, which is a heartfelt song home to poignant words like “Crawling back to you / like I always do / falling back in to”. The release closes with the EP’s title track ‘The Heights’. The lo-fi track brings the release full circle, with the hazy vocal harmonies and mellow instrumentals appearing minimal yet immensely impacting.

Far Caspian’s sophomore EP The Heights is a mesmerising release that delicately mixes warm instrumentals and exquisite vocals with reflective and honest lyricism. Even after you reach the EP’s end, you’ll be left with goosebumps for hours afterwards.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Live dates:
June 20th – Sebright Arms, London (Good Karma Club)
October 7th– The Latest Music Bar, Brighton
October 9th – Moth Club, London
October 10th – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
October 12th – Twisterella Festival
October 12th – Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
October 16th – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
October 17th – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle
October 18th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham