Earlier this year, legendary Northern Ireland based instrumental outfit And So I Watch You From Afar released their ambitious upcoming multimedia album Jettison, via Velocity Records in partnership with Equal Vision 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.
Peaceful opening piano chords and orchestral stirrings punctuate debut single “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 band’s 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.”