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Farewell – ‘Spinoza’

Independent Release
Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Deftones, Demians
Release Date
May 21, 2021
Independent Release
Art Rock/Indie Rock/Ambient

Jibé Calluaud brings us the third album of his solo-project “Farewell”, and it might just be the Indie Rock album you’ve been looking for. As the owner of Hesat Studios, you can take it as a given that the recording and production is flawless, audiophile grade even. There is use of a handful of highly recognisable guitar tones as an homage to his influences, a delightful touch, done with great respect and faithfulness. Listen to “As Long as You Believe” and you’ll be waiting for Thom Yorke to come in with the vocals.

There’s no “copy and paste” with the writing though, this is quite a unique take on a themed Indie Rock album; for one thing it’s about peace and optimism, about experience making you stronger, coming out of bad times rather than wallowing in them. That alone is a brave concept, (almost) all Indie Rock is as cheerful as a cracked rib.

“Underneath” is as heavy as it gets, all Deftones inspired angst-y, short and intense. Listening through the whole album, the sequencing of the tracks is worth highlighting, the counterpoint of light and shade, the bombastic with the calm, is beautifully judged. This makes a 34min album have a depth and flow that some albums can’t achieve in an hour or more.

"It’s for the mature Indie crowd, and it’s a fine work within its remit and genre"

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