‘Ways To Get Out’ is the debut album by Irish alternative artist Far Caspian, the project of singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Joel Johnston.
Choosing to record with a DIY approach - recording, playing and mixing everything himself - his sound is a deftly combined blend of chiming guitars, rich harmonic melodies and crisp rhythms. Thematically exploring the emotions and relationships we experience through life’s transition in our twenties; ‘Ways To Get Out’ is a comforting companion on a relatable journey split between longing for the blissful naivety of youth, overcoming the stresses of adulthood and accepting your place in the world.
Although usually based in the city of Leeds in Yorkshire, ‘Ways To Get Out’ was recorded during 2020 at Joel’s childhood home in the rural area of Fermanagh, Ireland. The location and isolation compounded a deeply nostalgic edge to the themes that Joel was tackling in his songs. Returning to the music he listened to during his teenage years in the early to mid 2000’s - The Postal Service, The Radio Dept, Broken Social Scene, The Walkmen - the recordings started to become infused with sounds that originally inspired him to become a musician.
Starting from a basement home studio in 2018, Far Caspian’s first two two EPs landed plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, Radio X, coverage from The Line of Best Fit, Clash and Dork, and numerous Spotify and YouTube playlists; which all helped generate a dedicated and growing fanbase across the world. Live, close friends join Joel to turn the project into a full band, resulting in driven and upbeat performances. This exciting sound was reflected in sold-out shows on the band’s first headline tours.
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