Signal Path 

The Prosaic Fades

Missoula audiences are used to getting a healthy dose of Signal Path. The jamtronic outfit started here in the early aughts and still played regular local shows after becoming a staple on the national touring circuit. When the band took a hiatus in 2007, the occasional private concert still popped up on the Missoula schedule. Even after drummer Damon Metzner and guitarist Ryan Burnett reformed Signal Path as a duo in 2009 and permanently relocated to Colorado, access hardly waned—they played the Wilma last April and the Top Hat in October.

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Lately, though, fans are most easily connected to Signal Path through tons of free music at The Prosaic Fades is a five-song EP, and the first of four free releases promised in this year's cutely dubbed "quadrILLogy." Two previous full-length albums are also free for the taking. A note at the top of the download page asks fans for support "by attending a live concert or telling a friend."

It should be an easy favor to fulfill. The Prosaic Fields shows Signal Path at a mature stage, striking a confident balance between its old-school jazz roots and electronic music's limitless loops and glitches. "Gangsterer Than Me," a tongue-in-cheek track featuring Vokab Kompany, ranks as one of the band's best yet. It's a promising start to Signal Path's next stage.

Signal Path plays the Palace Saturday, April 23, at 10 PM. $10 advance at Ear Candy Music and Rockin Rudy's.

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