And So I Watch You From Afar
Jettison


3.2
good

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
February 19th, 2022 | 17 replies


Release Date: 02/18/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great idea that I'm sure will succeed, but as a standalone album, it's lacking in places.

With the concept of Jettison, I always imagined it being a wonderous live experience; and now that restrictions in the UK have been lifted, fans will finally get a chance to see the Jettison experience the way it was initially intended two years ago. The inception of Jettison was founded on the idea of developing a soundtrack that hadn’t yet been made. This would sound somewhat queer to a long-time fan of ASIWYFA – trying to assimilate the notion the Irish quartet are making a soundtrack, when their music is and always has been cinematic and soundtrack-esque in some capacity, but I digress. However, the distinctions between Jettison and your typical bread and butter ASIWYFA record are at times severe, and worlds apart from what we’ve heard from the band in the past. As a fan who has poured many hours into the band’s music since Gangs, I can tell you I’m somewhat conflicted with the album’s ambitions, where it succeeds in some regards, but falters in others. This is largely because Jettison is intrinsically tied to the visual component of the project, which was designed and created by artistic visionary Sam Wiehl.

In its current state, I feel the album is afflicted with impermanent blindness. Though it seems perfectly reasonable why the band hasn’t released the visual portion of the Jettison project on the same day as the album’s release (at the time of writing, I couldn’t find the visuals for the project and thus basing my review solely on the album), it feels like only half of the experience. Indeed, if my assumption is correct and Sam’s visuals are pay-walled exclusively for the live show – which, again, seems like a perfectly reasonable decision, to entice audiences to get involved with the whole live event – I feel, as a listener sat in his arm chair listening to just the music behind Jettison, I’m only getting half of the complete puzzle. It's not a complete disaster though. In regards to the album's content, the majority of its merits fall onto the songwriting, which is both incredibly textured and serene. The tracklisting has the songs laid out separately, however, the last track compiles the album into one long track, because that’s how the record was meant to be listened to. The gorgeous symphonic layers and ethereal choir backdrop sets the tone for ASIWYFA’s shimmering guitar passages and nuanced drum work, bringing a very real divergence from what we’ve previously heard from the band in the past, and the album as a whole feels tight-knit and cohesive in tone.

However, there are a few problems that reveal some cracks in the polished production and multi-faceted songwriting. As much as I appreciate the value in their efforts to do something different, it falls short because the visual component isn’t there to synergise with the instrumentals’ labours. One could rightly retort that you don’t need to watch a movie to enjoy the soundtrack from it, and you’d certainly be correct with that assessment. However, not all soundtracks work well on their own, and unfortunately for Jettison, I feel it falls under that umbrella. This is a very subdued and atmospheric experiment, and I’d wager the live show itself will bring immense beauty and peaks and troughs that will make the hairs on your neck stand on end for the duration; and with the video, coupled with a great lightshow, it will bring something very idiosyncratic to the table, and should not be missed by anyone. As an album though, it lacks the band’s fundamental traits: there’s no crunchy grooves or sludgy, fuzzy riffs to grab onto here. Rarely does Jettison show its teeth, and when it does, it’s very brief and half-arsed.

Overall, it’s a decent little record. It’s not a long album, but I feel the whole purpose of Jettison was to get people off their butts to go and see one of their live shows. And that’s something that stayed in the back of my mind every time I went back to the album. Even with Wiehl’s contributions present while you’re sitting at home, I still think it’s something you have to experience in person with the band. As an album, it recedes from their stapled hallmarks, and relies on other aspects to help form what I’m sure will be a wonderful idea with the sum of its parts in unison. As it stands as just an album, it warrants a few spins, but you’ll get way more from their other works.



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3.4
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Comments:Add a Comment 
dedex
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2022


11437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

big agree bro

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2022


17570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Yeah man, a little disappointing for sure, especially since it’s coming off of endless shimmering, which was a brilliant album

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2022


11437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

i def should relisten to that one, didn't impress me much back then



band's still awesome

davesthesay
February 19th 2022


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jettison is incredible!

This is what they weren't able to achieve with endless shimmering.



Digging: DOMi & JD BECK - NOT TiGHT

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2022


4067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

After my first listen, I thought this might be my favorite thing they've ever done, but my views on this band have always been a little unorthodox. Will see how this holds up. Very nice review!

deathofasalesman
February 20th 2022


8392 Comments


this sounds great to my ears, love the title track

good review

Calc
February 20th 2022


16923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love the direction they took with this. Gotta give it more time to sink.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2022


17426 Comments


isn't this a sputcore album?

Pikazilla
February 20th 2022


23501 Comments


this band's music is the aural equivalent of rhythmically farting inside an unwashed pickle jar after a bad taco outing

Calc
February 20th 2022


16923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so witty.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2022


49231 Comments


so witty
.

shit is borderline 1975 territory yh

Purpl3Spartan
February 21st 2022


4404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

And so I watch you from afar 😏😏😏

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2022


17426 Comments


I feel so cold, and I long for your embrace.
I keep crying baby, baby, please

Purpl3Spartan
February 21st 2022


4404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^ He texts her as He stands out her window

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2022


17426 Comments


Okay so you're uncultured then.

Purpl3Spartan
February 21st 2022


4404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yes

kanker
February 21st 2022


150 Comments


I saw this live two years ago shortly before covid restrictions hit.
Trust me, you're not missing out. 3.2 sounds about right, including the visuals.



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