Legendary Belfast, Ireland based instrumental outfit And So I Watch You From Afar has shared “I Dive Pt1” & “II Dive Pt2”, and announced their ambitious upcoming multimedia album Jettison. The latest offering from the group will be available on February 18th, 2022 via Equal Vision Records in partnership with Velocity Records. Through 40 minutes of sonic exploration spread across nine distinct parts and a visual accompaniment by artist Sam Wiehl, Jettison traverses the various shades of ASIWYFA’s euphoric instrumental output. The Arco String Quartet adds moments of ethereal elegance, juxtaposed against cryptic dialogue by Emma Ruth Rundle and Neil Fallon throughout the album, which is available for pre-order here.
Peaceful opening piano chords and orchestral stirrings punctuate “I Dive Pt1” before the lift-off commences on “II Dive Pt2″, where guitarists Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy are joined by their compatriots Chris Wee on drums and Johnny Adger on bass. “I Dive Pt1” introduces a mesmerizing spoken word element courtesy of Emma Ruth Rundle, while “II Dive Pt2” offers the listener a more straightforward (albeit brilliantly nuanced) version of the bands serpentine arrangement styles and esoteric melodic sensibility.
On the scope of their latest work, the band had this to say:
“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.”
The band will embark on a headlining tour supporting Jettison across Europe and the UK early next year, a full itinerary is available below. You can pre-order the album here.