Signal Path just dropped their best album yet, Imaginary Lines. Ryan Burnett has improved both the guitar work and overall production, and Damon Metzner added more variety and effects to his drums. The result is a more listenable development of their eclectic brand of Electronica, a smoother synthesis of live instrumentation and digital bass with effects. There are a lot more guitars, many of them acoustic, and rock structure is more prevalent- although many songs are still primarily dance tracks. Harder beats and prettier instrumental and ambient parts make for a powerful mix, and the massive fall tour they just announced with Blockhead, Bluetech, EPROM, EOTO and Designer Drugs is gonna be a banger.
Here are some tasty niblets from the album:
This track contains some great samples from a Johnny Cash interview and seamless layering of custom guitar samples & beats:
This one is a glitchy, melodic dance tune that kicks the album off with energy and style:
The album is solid and interesting, a heartening evolution of their sound. Other stand-out tracks include “Mystery of the Yeti,” which layers ambient effects like the echoes of a Yeti cave (or Chewbacca’s high school reunion) over bouncing beats and guitar, reminiscent of early Sound Tribe. “Cree” somehow bends twangy Western guitars and banjos into a flowing electronic jam.
Grab the rest of the album for free! albums.signalpathmusic.com
FALL TOUR DATES FEATURING BLOCKEAD, BLUETECH, EPROM, EOTO, DESIGNER DRUGS & MORE!
09/16/10 Thu – Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge – w/ Blockhead, Nocando
09/17/10 Fri – Bellingham, WA The Wild Buffalo – w/ Blockhead, Nocando
09/18/10 Sat – Portland, OR Refuge – w/ Blockhead, Nocando
09/21/10 Tue – San Diego, CA Casbah – w/ Blockhead, Nocando
09/22/10 Wed – Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley – w/ Blockhead, Nocando
09/23/10 Thu – Arcata, CA Arcata Theater – w/ Blockhead, Nocando
09/24/10 Fri – Berkeley, CA Shattuck Down Low – w/ Blockhead, Nocando
09/25/10 Sat – West Hollywood, CA Roxy Theatre – w/ Blockhead, Nocando
10/01/10 Fri – Dallas, TX La Grange – w/ Eprom
10/02/10 Sat – Austin, TX The Parish Room – w/ Eprom
10/09/10 Sat – Denver, CO Ogden Theatre – w/ EOTO
10/14/10 Thu – Minneapolis, MN Cabooze – w/ Sovereign Sect
10/15/10 Fri – Aberdeen, SD VFW Post 42 – w/ Sovereign Sect
10/16/10 Sat – Fargo, ND The Aquarium – w/ Sovereign Sect
10/20/10 Wed – Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
10/21/10 Thu – Grand Rapids, MI Founders Brewery.
10/22/10 Fri – St.Louis, MO 2720
10/23/10 Sat – Madison, WI Annex
10/28/10 Thu – Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre – w/ Designer Drugs
10/29/10 Fri – Bozeman, MT Filling Station
10/30/10 Sat – Chattanooga, TN Collective Vision
11/11/10 Thu – Oxford, MS Proud Larry’s – w/ Bluetech
11/12/10 Fri – Nashville, TN 12th + Porter – w/ Bluetech
11/13/10 Sat – Asheville, NC Club 828 – w/ Bluetech
11/15/10 Mon – Blacksburg, VA Awful Arthur’s – w/ Bluetech
11/16/10 Tue – Knoxville, TN Southbound – w/ Bluetech
11/17/10 Wed – Raleigh, NC Pour House – w/ Bluetech
11/18/10 Thu – Wilmington, NC Kefi – w/ Bluetech
11/19/10 Fri – Charleston, SC The Pour House – w/ Bluetech
11/20/10 Sat – Atlanta, GA Apache Cafe – w/ Bluetech
12/4/10 Sat – Chicago, IL TBA
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