Sunday, 3 January 2010

Ten for '10: And So I Watch You From Afar

Inevitably, as another musical year dawns, we begin to move from the favourites that kept us company the previous 364 days and speculate at which bands might fuel our fire during the next 12 months. 

As these scribblings are wont to do, we head home across the Atlantic for the third band in this mini-series. Northern Ireland, to be exact, to dig on Belfast boys And So I Watch You From Afar.

Truth be told, these guys are moving well past the 'ones to watch' stage in the UK already, as their finely honed, marauding riffs wind their way around the country. Having been lauded from the niches to the mainstream of rock media there, including champion of the indie artist Huw Stephens on Radio 1, the band has moved above the radar for many people. There will be plenty of work to do if the rest of the world is to follow, however, so a little nudge on this side of the pond can't hurt. 

MP3: And So I Watch You From Afar -

Taken from the self-titled album, out now - BUY

The style of ASIWYFA is as sprawling as their monicker, rooted in the vague expanse of post-rock yet constantly venturing into more indie rock territory occupied by the likes of Minus The Bear and Battles. Closer cousins like Explosions In The Sky or Pelican influence the sound too, with what links them all together being the sense of adventure and experimentalism that those artists consistently bring to their music. Perhaps the best description of their varied sound, though, goes to the magnificent writer at Vice Mag who encouraged listeners to "imagine Mogwai were from Belfast and had massive balls....". Sterling work indeed.

A mouthwatering tour of England and Scotland gets underway later this month, with Mancunian sound scapers Oceansize heading a bill that one might sell a granny to see. 

Their self titled album was released last year to some acclaim and a new EP, Letters, will surface in February. Although available digitally, my prime hope is that the band will see fit to pop over this way and hit some major US cities, so that I can exchange some $$ for a physical copy.

I know, right, so last decade?

Now playing:
Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday
via FoxyTunes

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