And So I Watch You From Afar share new single ‘Dying Giants’

October 2, 2017


And So I Watch You From Afar share new single ‘Dying Giants’

Instinct. We all know what it is, but are hard pressed to acknowledge just how it guides us. Instinct subtly defines our identities, despite our attempts to defy it. The Endless Shimmering, the fifth album by Belfast, Northern Ireland quartet And So I Watch You From Afar, is the sound of a band operating on its purest instincts.

In guitarist Rory Frier’s words – Dying Giants was one of the last tracks we wrote for the album. I wrote the main riff when we were out touring the states and remember being so excited to get home and turn it into a song. I didn’t expect it to turn into such a monster but it did, and we all love it for that reason.

Every individual is an algorithm of prior lives and experience acting as its own sovereign entity. Every band is itself a combined algorithm of those instincts, driven by unconscious will to replicate itself in the world as if it were flesh and blood like the people who embody it. The Endless Shimmering is visceral and expressive — decidedly alive and purely instinctual; not conceptualized or postured. It’s ASIWYFA — guitarists Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy, bassist Johnathan Adger and drummer Chris Wee — manifest as a being beyond itself.

“We laid everything bare and put everything we had into the songs,” Adger says. “And we hope people can feel that and use that without us having to be to overt in how we present it. The album was charged with a lot of what we were all going through as individuals, but we wanted to allow it to become people’s soundtrack to whatever they need in their life at this moment.”

Perhaps the most immediately noticeable difference on this album is that the ensemble vocals of the previous recordings Heirs and All Hail Bright Futures is dialed back considerably to allow the music to come to the fore. The difference gives the musicians freedom to stretch out and truly shine as performers.

The decision was made early on that this record would not be rushed toward completion and the band allowed themselves the time to let it come together organically. “We wrote around 30 tracks before deciding these 9 tracks would make the record,” Friers explains. “We then spent a long time playing them everyday to allow them to become almost as if we’d already toured them, ingrained in our muscle memory.”

The band flew to Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, RI in March 2017, aiming specifically to record live performances of the songs. Just as they arrived, a major snow storm brought the Northeast coast to a standstill. “We tracked, ate, washed and slept at the studio,” Friers says. “And 9 days later we had recorded and mixed the entire album just as the snow began to melt.”

The album opens with a brief, hushed guitar murmur as Chris Wee’s forceful galloping beat sets course on “Three Triangles” while the guitars seem to slowly awaken with whining notes that slowly build upon one another until it all abruptly halts. The whole band suddenly kicks in with chopping start and stop blasts as the chirping lead melody leads the proceedings toward a swirling apex. Elsewhere, “All I Need is Space” and “Terrors of Pleasure” show the band at their finest, unfolding complex, bobbing guitar figures over propulsive and jagged rhythms, while occasionally lunging into ethereal blooms at the drop of a hat. The title track’s unabashedly beautiful and hopeful melody begins so quietly, it’s as if it tries to sneak in under the radar as palm-muted arpeggiated chords and a clean plucked single note line asserts an optimism that finally infects the rest of the band, as they join the chorus of, well, near endless shimmering. Album closer “Chrysalism” is just the anthemic rush that makes ASIWYFA’s live shows such transcendent experiences.

Listen to new track ‘Dying Giants’ streaming below-

The Endless Shimmering will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 20th, 2017 via Sargent House.

Artist: And So I Watch You From Afar
Title: The Endless Shimmering
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: 20th October 2017Tracklisting:
1: Three Triangles
2: A Slow Unfolding of Wings
3: Terrors of Pleasure
4: Dying Giants
5: All I Need is Space
6: The Endless Shimmering
7: Mullally
8: I’ll Share a Life
9: Chrysalism


OCT 18 Haarlem, NL // Patronaat Haarlem
OCT 19 Utrecht, NL // EKKO
OCT 20 Nijmegen, NL // Doornroosje
OCT 21 Osnabrück, DE // Kleine Freiheit
OCT 22 Karlsruhe, DE // Die Stadtmitte Karlsruhe
OCT 23 Eindhoven, NL // DDW Music
OCT 24 Rouen, FR // Le 106
OCT 25 Nantes, FR // Le Ferrailleur – Café Concert
OCT 26 Bordeaux, FR // VOID // BDX
OCT 27 Barcelona, ES // AMFest
OCT 29 Porto, PT // Hard Club
NOV 02 Milan, IT // Circolo Magnolia
NOV 03 Fribourg, CH // Nouveau Monde
NOV 04 Winterthur, CH // Gaswerk
NOV 05 Pratteln, CH // Konzertfabrik Z7 – Pratteln
NOV 06 München, DE // Ampere
NOV 07 Prague, CZ // NoD
NOV 08 Leipzig, DE // Conne Island
NOV 09 Berlin, DE // Lido Berlin
NOV 10 Hannover, DE // Béi Chéz Heinz
NOV 12 Cologne, DE // Gebäude 9
NOV 13 Wiesbaden, DE // Schlachthof Wiesbaden
NOV 14 Essen, DE // Zeche Carl
NOV 15 Hamburg, DE // Knust Hamburg
NOV 16 Groningen, NL // Vera Groningen
NOV 17 Maastricht, NL // Muziekgieterij
NOV 18 Louvain-La-Neuve, BE // La Ferme – festival
NOV 19 Kortrijk, BE // Concertzaal De Kreun
NOV 21 Paris, FR // La Maroquinerie
NOV 22 Luxembourg, LU // Rockhal
NOV 23 London, UK // KOKO London
NOV 24 Manchester, UK // Manchester Academy
NOV 25 Glasgow, UK // Òran Mór
NOV 26 Bristol, UK // Thekla Bristol
DEC 28 Dublin, IE // The Academy
DEC 29 Castlebar Co May, IE // Garbo’s
DEC 30 Cork, IE // Cyprus Avenue
DEC 31 Galway, IE // Roisin Dubh

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