Permanent Signal was recorded at the end of 2012 with all new equipment and help from Jonny Rogoff (Yuck) on drums, Darby Cicci (Antlers) on bass and Gaspar Claus (collaborator of Sufjan Stevens and The National) on cello. The title is meant to evoke a sense of loneliness through the symbolism of a phone-line without connection. Remiddi articulated feelings of disconnectedness when discussing the record and life on-tour. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two and a half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends I rarely see," explains Remiddi. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. This is where the album title came from: the idea of a signal that says the line is off."