From the deepest, most sincere depths the mind and heart can travel, Farewell is born. For someone who happens to partake in some of the more pulverising black metal we've heard, California's Ross Major is certainly not afraid to relate to the softer side of his sound. And although the sounds may be soothing, the content of this short and sweet album falls upon one's ears with a heavy (but very much optimistic) heart.
Originally recorded as a special gift for his hometown friends as he left to go to school in Santa Cruz, Farewell details one musician's journey into not only a different social and economical setting, but also a transition into an entirely new and raw part of life.
Having listened to this short collection dozens of times over, we can say with outright honesty that we have never heard a more guileless artist, especially one with such an uncanny talent for composition and the placement & manipulation of strings (whether of nylon or something much deeper).
Ross Major has delivered a relevant, meaningful collection of songs with the aptly named "Farewell", a home recorded album mostly made as a goodbye present for friends and family on his move to Santa Cruz. The album is succinct (eight songs), yet is also overflowing with quality. Mainly concerned here with personal themes of arrivals, departures, love, loss, and travel, Major has found himself maturing as a poet and songwriter. One of my favorite things about "Farewell" is that, for most of the album, experimentation takes a backseat to pure songcraft. [...]No song is wasted and the album does not leave much to be desired. [THE SOFTEST BULLET EVER SHOT]