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ASIWYFA 16th Best Album Of The 2000s: State

6th best of the year? Pah. And So I Watch You From Afar's debut album is the 16th best album of the whole darned decade! So say State.ie

When we asked for the collected wisdom of the State writers for their choices for the albums of the decade, little did we expect such a bewilderingly wide ranging response. In total, there were votes for around 250 albums – which says a lot for both that collected wisdom and the decade itself. There are many you’d expect, many you wouldn’t and the odd surprise...

16. And So I Watch You From Afar – 'And So I Watch You From Afar' (2009)
The whispers were there in Belfast from early in the year, that And So I Watch You From Afar’s self titled debut was – in the words of one music industry name – a masterpiece. They weren’t far wrong. ASIWYFA took the concept of an all instrumental album and turned it on its head. They’re a rock band, a metal band, a post-rock band. they’re whatever the hell they want to be. The record’s greatest strength was that, amongst the noise and mayhem, were actual melodies that stuck in your consciousness. It didn’t hurt that they were the live band of the year too. (Phil Udell)