Gust of Wind # 14
Signer, Next We Bring the Fire
This Gust of Wind rests in spaces out of this world.
The atmospherics of Signer are pleasant from the start. The record plays with an ease of beauty. The soft hushed vocals are co-mingling with a vast amount of layering. Beats come out of left field, and the feeling gets me high. Ryan McFun from one of my favorite bands, The Ruby Suns, contributes on this record. His vocals are distinct, and go as high as a rocket ship. All the songs are written and performed by Bevan Smith.
Next We Bring the Fire certainly has moments more accessible than others. The song “+ kicks and kicks” is quite funky and blazing with static, while McFun’s vocal adds a laid back feel to its more groovy nature. Signer has an older sounding electronic quality to it, sort of 1990s-esque, with an acidic tone. This impression is left more notably on the tune “glass ceiling.” Its glitch foundations are coupled with a voice trying to get out from behind a dark corner. Most of the album is nothing if not riddled with tons of reverb, and the consistent emotion of searching to be lost.
There is something that reminds me of the ride home during the dawn of an after party, with all the “colorful balloons” floating in the air. As you drive out of the cold darkness, lost in some random inner city with no where to piss, remember, you can play Signer on your way home and all will be forgotten.
– Ryan Boos