FRESH: ‘Move It’ – Signals

LA pop duo Signals showcase “Move It” from their debut EP.

by Christopher Smith

Los Angeles pop duo Signals released their self-titled EP on March 22nd. The entire 4-song EP features infectious melodies, highly danceable rhythm sections, and densely layered synthesizers, with respectful nods to influential pop music from the 1980’s, while still showcasing slick, precisely crafted modern-sounding productions.

“Move It” is a retro-inspired track from that EP. It features prominent synthesizers, steady drum machines, and soaring, multi-layered vocals. The comically sensual lyrics tell a story about a couple that want to escape being in public so they can perform a variety of sexual activities.

The synth-driven lead single from the EP, “In The Middle Of The Night”, features pounding drums, soaring sing-along vocals, and melodic electric guitars before refraining to a stadium-anthem final chorus.

Signals are composed of Brendan Byrnes and Ian Vargo, both multi-instrumentalists who studied at The Berklee College of Music before ultimately moving to Los Angeles, where they’ve spent most of the last decade recording, mixing and producing many major label and independent artists, while also composing music for films and nationally-running advertisements.

Signals were recently voted Artist of the Month by The Deli Magazine LA. “In The Middle Of The Night” is currently featured in a remix contest sponsored by iZotope and FabFilter, makers of award-winning music production software. Participants will be remixing the song, and the band will be choosing the top three submissions.

Fore more about Signals, check out their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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