Far Caspian :: The Last Remaining Light

When people talk about the rise of the underground punk and grunge of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, they often talk about bands like Pixies and Nirvana harnessing the quiet/loud effect—the swing between chaotic moments of aggression and more mellow, melodic control—and how that can heighten the effect of each. Far Caspian’s Joel Johnston takes a similar approach in his music but with a different set of tools. Rather than the loud and quiet, Johnston deploys the busy and the bare, the dense and the deserted, building his songs piece by piece before leveling them entirely. Johnston never lets his latest record, The Last Remaining Light, remain static for long.