Subsignal's forerunner album "Touchstones" reached position 53 of the German Media Control charts already in it's release week.
There are lot of varied textures with each song well-thought out for its effect on the listener. I really like the use of a guest female singer on The Lifespan of a Glimpse . The title song, Touchstones, is almost a masterpiece (who knows, after a few more listens, it just might get there for me). It s like a mini-symphony in 11 minutes. Beginning with a haunting synth overture (oboes or keyboards I just can t tell any longer given how great keyboard sounds are these days) that rolls into a crunching slow melody that keeps on building before the vocals come in. The middle section brings back the symphonic keys and some beautiful vocal harmonies. After another heavy section, the song ends with quiet introspection and some old-style vinyl surface noise for effect. A very enjoyable and memorable ride.
Guitarist and producer Markus Steffen states on the new album: For me, Paraíso is the perfect missing link between our first two albums. Regarding the style of songwriting we did not want repeat ourselves, but at the same time we paid heed not to deny our typical trademarks (strong melodies, the mix of harder and softer passages, strings, acoustic guitars, etc.).
So, the biggest challenge was to get our attitudes realie our attitudes in a 60-minute album. But I am convinced that we have been successful - and hopefully our fans will share our opinion