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And So I Watch You From Afar Announce New Album, Drop Two Songs

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And So I Watch You From Afar - Jettison

Irish outfit And So I Watch You From Afar, who all but invented the brand of spacey, atmospheric instrumental music that has proliferated throughout the rock and metal world in recent years, have announced a new album, Jettison — dubbed a “multimedia piece” — and released two songs from the affair, “I Dive Pt1” & “II Dive Pt2.”

The two songs are in essence one, with “Pt1” serving as an intro of sorts to “Pt2,” which has more substance in the way of what we might typically call a proper song. Both extensively employ what sound to me like real string instruments (although I could be wrong) for an orchestral feel that represents a new frontier for the band. I’m also getting some big-time Kid A / Amnesiac / In Rainbows-era Radiohead vibes in the way ASIWYFA have utilized a repeating motif to develop these songs from start to finish, experimenting with changing dynamics, as is their trademark, to create emotional peaks and valleys. Overall, I’m very into it, and the generally uplifting vibe is precisely what I needed this morning.

The band offered: 

“Nothing in our repertoire comes close to the ambition of this latest project—the multimedia piece Jettison. The album is a memorable experience that transports the listener away from the tumultuous times and into a blissful musical utopia.”

Jettison comes out on February 18, 2022 via Equal Vision Records in partnership with Velocity Records.  

Upcoming headline tour dates:

3.18.2022 • Antwerp, Belgium • JC Kavka Antwerp
3.19.2022 • Tourcoing, France  • Le Grand Mix
3.20.2022 • Utrecht, Netherlands • Tivoli
3.21.2022 • Cologne, Germany • Gebäude 9
3.22.2022 • Hamburg, Germany • Bahnhof St. Pauli
3.23.2022 • Hannover, Germany • Bei Chez Heinz
3.24.2022 • Berlin, Germany • Urban Spree
3.26.2022 • Prague, Czech Republic • Prague Underdogs
3.27.2022 • Munich, Germany • Stom
3.28.2022 • Vienna, Germany • Flex
3.29.2022 • Budapest, Hungary • A38 Ship
3.31.2022 • Stuttgart, Germany • Club Cann
4.01.2022 • Luxemburg, Germany • Rotondes
4.02.2022 • Paris, France • Le Trabendo
4.03.2022 • Maastricht, Netherlands • Muziekgieterij 
4.05.2022 • London, England • Islington Assembly Hall
4.06.2022 • Nottingham, England • Rescue Rooms
4.07.2022 • Manchester, England • Gorilla
4.08.2022 • Glasgow, Scotland • Mono

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