fire_sign proudly presents their debut album, Eyes Closed Listening.
“This album traces a line between some of our earliest writing (the hazy ballad ‘Essential’) to some of our most ambitious arrangements to date (the cello-led scattered electro of ‘Dirty System’ or the angelic industrial-techno drive of ‘Rewilding’), and even carries echoes of our first single: ‘Sweet Oblivion Interlude.’ It’s been a few years in the making as we decided to (really) take our time with the mix, developing the tracks as far as we could before releasing.
“Eyes Closed references our wide-ranging influences and explores the various electronic sub-genres we love, producing an album of evolving music you can use to shut out the world for an hour.”
Fired in the kiln of lockdown, Recast is a dub-hearted reimagining of the band’s 2020 EP Bronze.
Over nine tracks, fire_sign remix their material drawing on a wide variety of influences and styles ranging from acid to dark ambient. While Make Me in Stone is coloured by a love of old Rhythm & Sound and Deepchord records, the slow pulse of Too Much to Carry is inspired more by the synth-wave of acts like Pye Corner Audio.
In Sugar Dream, the band present their first ever ambient piece, a nod to their fondness for artists like Brian Eno and Celer. Elsewhere, they channel bold drum n bass accents in They’ve Spoken, setting off Shadow’s grand percussive machinery to spectacular effect.
“Some of our favourite records have been remix albums, and we’ve always enjoyed remixing our own stuff,” said fire_sign.
“This was an opportunity to develop the other less structured side of our music – something we started doing back with our first release, Sweet Oblivion.”
Recast was mastered in Berlin by Calyx and will be digitally released by 4am City on June 28, 2021.
6th August 2020 at 4:23pm
Announcing “Bronze,” the poignant new electronica EP from fire_sign.
Using true British musical craftsmanship, the pair create a darkly shimmering world in which smudged beats ricochet ominously against soaring, heart-stirring vocals.
Title track Bronze explores a wish to be made from something else; a material instilled with every quality you lack.
Emboldened by your new non-skin, you feel self-assured and resilient enough to move among people without disappearing into an otherness.
But confronted with a real crowd, the illusion of strength quickly shatters, and you find yourself once again reaching for a trusted escape.
Journey with fire_sign as they flee ‘the people sea’, trip over past hurts, wander through a deserted factory haunted by powerlessness, and find their way out of an impossible romantic entanglement while walking London’s iconic streets.
Let yourself be swept into the comforting embrace of strings built around Sarah’s solo cello as you dry your eyes on a rich sonic tapestry daubed with synths of every colour.
And whatever sad thoughts Bronze brings to your mind, remember – “don’t let them dim your light”.
8-track EP “Bronze” was mastered in Berlin by Calyx and will be digitally released by 4am City on September 12, 2020.