Signer The New Face Of Smiling


In 2002, we called it Nu-Indie. That pissed people off (who knew?). At the time, New Zealand ’s Bevan Smith successfully married the digital and analog worlds with Signer’s Low Light Dreams. Now the honeymoon is over and this couple is in it for the long haul. No longer are the two distinct; they have become one.

Bevan spent some time listening to his favorite indie slow-jams (Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, Laughingstock-era Talk Talk and decided he should make the first proper fuzzed-out pop gem of the 21st century. Signer’s The New Face of Smiling chews on all of Bevan’s experience in indie bands and electronica and spits them back out into something brand new yet somehow familiar. Those with a sense of humor can call it “Nu-Gazing.”

Artist Bio

Bevan Smith was born in New Plymouth in 1974. He has been recording and releasing music as Aspen and Signer since 1998. His earliest releases were on his own label Involve, but his music he been sought after and released by many international labels. At present Signer is released on Carpark records US, home of Dan Deacon, Panda Bear, Beach House. He has toured many times throughout Europe, UK and the US. He has composed for TV, Adverts, Theatre and FIlm most notably the Bafta winning ‘Touching the Void’ in 2004.

As well as working on solo projects Bevan has also written and produced albums with several bands. He worked on two albums with Nik Brinkman as ‘Over the Atlantic’ and on three albums with Matthew Mitchell as Skallander. Skallander were signed to UK based label Type records in 2006. At present he plays in Skallander and The Ruby Suns who release on Sub Pop.


1. Low Light Sleep

2. Hurricane Or Sunshine?

3. I Was Dressed As The Ant, You Dressed Up As A Beehive

4. Machines At Low Tide

5. Frozen Cut Grass

6. You’re Killing Us Helen

7. That Sinking Feeling As Key Metal Hits Thigh Flesh

8. Komputa Ga Bukowarera

9. The Overwhelming Power Of Friendship

10. Your Ears Across The Fences