Single Review: Signals – Sleep Talk

Female fronted four-piece Signals are back with a new single release, ‘Sleep Talk’, Dom Kureen gives his thoughts on the emerging quartet’s latest offering.

Ellie Price of Signals
Ellie Price

The past twelve months have witnessed an impressive, if not yet meteoric, rise in popularity for Ellie Price and her Signals cohorts, with a UK tour and several festival appearances affording the talented group plenty of exposure.

To suggest that the marked upsurge in admirers is merely due to a commercially viable, aesthetically appealing package would be doing the band a major disservice, indeed their inaugural LP, Square Wheels and follow up Facial Furniture, were each creatively rewarding and emphatically raw.

IOW Festival 2014 Signals
Mikey Webber

Their latest cut, Sleep Talk, a single with an official UK release looming on Sunday, is another step in the desired direction for the Platform One graduates, embellishing their auditory concepts for the first time with a shiny music video.

The new track plunges straight into comfortingly quintessential Math-Pop, with Price’s distinctive vocals glueing together a complex composition with a captivating chorus.

Blending seamlessly with the front-woman, the duel backing harmonies of bassist Alex Vanblaere and guitarist Mikey Webber add gravitas to proceedings and establish the blueprint for an unpredictable junket.

A generous dose of piano scaling garnishes some solid percussion from the highly talented Ryan Beachy, who would be the brooding, intense one if Louis Walsh got his expressionless chops involved.

Admittedly, the sporadic nature of Sleep Talk might not appeal to everyone’s ears, bustling along with a dozen separate visions seemingly colliding as it advances towards a conclusive crescendo.

This is chaotic, unceasing music that may benefit from the occasional bridge over turbulent waters.

Even with that petty admonition, this is another triumph for Signals, who are rapidly threatening to de-seat The Bees as the Isle of Wight’s premier musical export of the Millennium.

Sleep Talk is another gratifying addition to an already impressive body of work constructed by four ultra talented musicians who will only continue to refine their act as their experience level increases – get to a live show if you can, you won’t regret it.

Another noteworthy release from the Signals crew, Sleep Talk reveals a maturing interpretation of the math-pop genre.



Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

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