And So I Watch You from Afar's Ecstasy-Inducing Post-Rock
by Brian Cook
on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM
(Crocodile) Never heard of And So I Watch You from Afar? What would you think if I told you they're an instrumental post-rock band? A bunch of mopey dudes playing boring, delay-drenched ballads? You'd be way off. Instead, imagine Fucking Champs trying to fuse Riverdance melodies with Just a Souvenir–era Squarepusher, and you get a vague idea of the Belfast quartet's super-ecstatic sound. Oxford trio This Town Needs Guns don't aim for the same level of tooth-gnashing, pupil-dilating ecstasy as their fellow UK tourmates, but their adept math pop certainly suggests an Adderall-fueled study of American Football and Owls. Be sure to show up early for Mylets, the solo project of 18-year-old Henry Kohen, who crafts jittery and jagged songs by looping guitar lines and electronic percussion on the fly.