And So I Watch You From Afar: All Hail Bright Futures – album review
And So I Watch You From Afar – All Hail Bright Futures (Sargent House)
And So I Watch You From Afar desribe their interests as Solidarity, Positivity and leaving a trail of sonically destroyed venues and new friends in our wake. They recently released their third album and Adrian Bloxham has been listening to it.
And So I Watch You From Afar are happy. They radiate good feeling and sunshine. This album is uplifting and bright and a welcome blast of warmth when, as I sit writing this, it’s started to snow again.
They are from Belfast and with their third album have from the title up made a document of good times. ‘All Hail Bright Futures’ is where the band is going and I for one am going with them. You put this on and the jangly guitars and drums make you nod along; the tunes get harder but no less bright and the lyrics for the first song just seem to be continuous chanting of ‘The sun is in our eyes’. It’s all in perfect focus.
All the songs flow into each other; it’s a proper album, a complete collection. The music goes from the twiddly and proggy in ‘Big Thinks do Remarkable’ and the swelling crescendo of the last monster of a track ‘Young Brave minds’. They are harder and more direct with ‘AMBULANCE’ and ‘Things Amazing’ and then they switch to Calypso swing with ‘The Stay Golden’ and ‘Rats on Rock’. The latter even has a wonderful steel drum break in the middle that catches the sunshine and makes you grin. They have moments of just voices harmonising nonsense leading into reggae basslines and bonkers bleeps in the fantastically named ‘Ka Ba Ta Bo Da Ka’.
The best song, at least as far as I’m concerned is the title track which starts with delicate chimes and then rises up and glows, it swells and takes you away from yourself. A quite brilliant track and just waiting to be scooped up by David Lynch for a soundtrack moment. Skewed and fantastic.
The lyrics are minimal, usually chanting the same phrase over and over or hidden way down under the sparkles and sunshine. This is the sound of a band moving forwards and spreading out, they have decided to embrace light and fun and smiles and even though that isn’t the coolest way to go, they have turned it into something really very special and huge.