Road Records Album Of The Year

"There's no other way of saying this, this band are immense."

 And So I Watch You From Afar. Picking my favourite album of the year is a task which i love and hate with equal measure. the answer generally is one of two: "i can't", or "it's one of these ten albums". 2009 threw some excellent music at us, albums from Grizzly bear and Legion of Two, to Alice in Chains' mighty return with 'Black Gives Way To Blue', and yppah's under-exposed gem 'they know what ghost knows'. The album that had the biggest impact on me was And So I Watch You From Afar's self-titled debut. There's no other way of saying this, this band are immense. Somewhere in the midst of their big wall of noise, there's a pop tune trying to escape. when i first heard them, it gave me the same feeling that i had when i listened to nirvana's 'in utero' and 'spiderland' by slint for the first time. musically, they're quite different from either of these, but to me their every bit as exciting. How could anyone not want to listen to a song called "set guitars to kill"? it tells you just about everything about what aural assault awaits you! As impressive as their noise is, it's their slower tunes that really stick with you; "eat this city, eat it whole" and "the voiceless" are possibly the most graceful pieces of music that i've heard in years. 'And So I Watch You From Afar' is essential listening for anyone who craves the sensation of the hairs on the back of their necks standing on end. it's an album that's brilliant in every sense. reviewed by dan hegarty from 2fm

- Dan Hegarty, Road Records