Today, Northern Irish rock band And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) have announced their return with their new forthcoming album ‘The Endless Shimmering. This will be the eclectic quartet’s fifth full length album following on from their widely acclaimed album ‘Heirs’. Alongside the announcement of their new album. the band have also premiered a new video for the first single from the album entitled ‘A Slow Unfolding Of Wings’ with DIY.

Speaking about the single DIY said, “Combining a few slower, more contemplative yet complex melodies alongside passages of pure, blistering riffs and thunderous percussion, it shows off the raw energy that they aimed to instil into the whole of ‘The Endless Shimmering’.”

In support of their forthcoming album, ASIWYFA have also announced a 42-date EU/UK tour (dates below) to start this autumn covering the UK, and much of Europe. They will be joined by Gallops for all of their UK dates. ASIWYFA have a relentless thirst for touring and over the past 7-years they have tallied up almost 500 shows worldwide – including less common tour stops such as China, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

‘The Endless Shimmering’ is due out on 20th October 2017 and will be released via Sargent House (home to the likes of Russian Circles, Deafheaven, Marriages, Mutoid Man, TTNG, Boris, Chelsea Wolfe, Mylets, Tera Melos and more).

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.

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.

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

TRACKLISTING:

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

TOUR DATES:

OCT 18 Haarlem, NL // Patronaat

OCT 19 Utrecht, NL // EKKO

OCT 20 Nijmegen, NL // Doornroosje (Purple Room)

OCT 21 Osnabrück, DE // KI. Freiheit

OCT 22 Karlsruhe, DE // Stadtmitte

OCT 23 Eindhoven, NL // DDWMusic Festival

OCT 24 Rouen, FR // Le 106 Club

OCT 25 Nantes, FR // Le Ferrailleur

OCT 26 Bordeaux, FR // Le Void

OCT 27 Barcelona, ES // AM Fest

OCT 28 Madrid, ES // Sala Caracol

OCT 29 Porto, PT // Hard Club

OCT 30 Lisbon, PT // Musicbox

NOV 02 Milan, IT // Magnolia

NOV 03 Fribourg, CH // Nouveau Monde

NOV 04 Winterthur, CH // Gaswerk

NOV 05 Pratteln, CH // MiniZ7

NOV 06 München, DE // Ampere

NOV 07 Prague, CZ // NoD Teatro

NOV 08 Leipzig, DE // Conne Island

NOV 09 Berlin, DE // Lido

NOV 10 Hannover, DE // Bei Chez Heinz

NOV 12 Cologne, DE // Gebäude 9

NOV 13 Wiesbaden, DE // Schlachthof

NOV 14 Essen, DE // Zeche Carl

NOV 15 Hamburg, DE // Knust

NOV 16 Groningen, NL // Vera

NOV 17 Maastricht, NL // Muziekgieterij

NOV 18 Louvain-La-Neuve, BE // Festival La Ferme

NOV 19 Kortrijk, BE // De Kreun

NOV 21 Paris, FR // Maroquinerie

NOV 22 Luxembourg, LU // Rockhal

NOV 23 London, UK // Koko

NOV 24 Manchester, UK // Academy 2

NOV 25 Glasgow, UK // Oran Mor

NOV 26 Bristol, UK // Thekla

DEC 28 Dublin, Ireland // Academy

DEC 29 Castlebar Co Mayo, Ireland // Garbo’s

DEC 30 Cork, Ireland // Cypress Avenue

DEC 31 Galway, Ireland // Roisin Dubh

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