Posted on by Oran

Revered Northern Irish instrumental titans, ‘And So I Watched You From Afar’ have been busy working on their forthcoming multi-media new album ‘Jettison’.

Photo by Ciara McMullan

To celebrate the news, the band have unveiled “I Dive Pt1” & “II Dive Pt2”, which will be appearing on their ambitious upcoming multimedia album ‘Jettison’.

The latest offering from the group will be available on February 18th, 2022 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, which is available for pre-order here.

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.”

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.

Check out the previous ‘III LUNG‘ single, released on January 6th below:


01. I Dive Pt 1

02. II Dive Pt 2

03. III Lung

04. IV In Air

05. V Hold

06. VI Submerge

07. VII Emerge

08. VIII Jettison

09. IX A.D. Poet


March, 18 2022 • Paris, France • La Boule Noir
March, 19 2022 • Paris, France • La Boule Noir
March, 20 2022 • Utrecht, Netherlands • Tivoli
March, 21 2022  • Cologne, Germany • Gebäude 9
March, 22 2022  • Hamburg, Germany • Bahnhof St. Pauli
March, 24 2022  • Berlin, Germany • Urban Spree
March, 25 2022  • Berlin, Germany • Urban Spree
March, 26 2022  • Prague, Czech Republic • Underdogs
March, 27 2022  • Munich, Germany • Stom
March, 28 2022 • Vienna, Germany • Fluc
March, 29 2022 • Budapest, Hungary • Surer Kert
March, 312022  • Stuttgart, Germany • Club Cann
April, 01 2022 • Luxemburg, Germany • Rotonde
April, 02 2022  • Eindhoven, Netherlands • Effenar
April, 03 2022  • Maastricht, Netherlands • Muziekgieterij
April, 05 2022  • London, England • Assembly Rooms
April, 06 2022 • Nottingham, England • Rescue Rooms
April, 07 2022 • Manchester, England • Gorilla
April, 08 2022 • Glasgow, Scotland • Mono

Oran O’Beirne

www.overdrive.ie 2022