Leeds trio Far Caspian have been making serious inroads with their self-coined “melanjolly” style, already stirring up some excitement with a string of nostalgia-tinged tunes. In the wake of latest lo-fi gem ‘Conversations’ – now out in the wild and ready for your listening pleasure below – we caught up with the 80s-influenced newcomers to speak about their inspiration, recommendations and the year ahead.

How would you describe Far Caspian to a stranger?

“It’s kind of happy, kind of sad.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“It’s always changing, but for the most part, we tend to take influence from different decades for different elements of instrumentation: 70s inspiration for drums, 80s inspiration for guitars and mid-2000s for vocals.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“Leeds Festival 2018. We had the privilege of opening the whole weekend on the Festival Republic stage. We didn’t expect many people to come as it was on the Thursday before most people arrived but it ended up being a packed out tent.”

You’re based in Leeds – what’s your local music scene like?

“Probably biased, but I think it’s the best in the North. There is always something on. We have venues like the Brudenell Social Club and Hyde Park Book Club that always supply us with touring and local bands. I’ve seen all of my favourite bands in Leeds.”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“Westerman because his vocal melodies are ridiculous, Swimming Girls because they do the whole 80s revival thing perfectly and Heir because they make you feel good. ”

And finally, what does 2019 hold for Far Caspian?

“As many shows as we can possibly play, a couple of EPs and hopefully dive deeper into finding our sound and experimenting with our tunes.”