Sunday, 1 September 2013

Satellites - Wasteland

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The man behind the name Satellites is Johnny Vic who, from what we can gather, grew up in Coventry but (arguably wisely) has now relocated to Copenhagen. Last year he quietly released his debut album to no fanfare or publicity, and the press seemed to take to it well, with Rough Trade making it album of the week and giving it a spot in their top 20 albums of the year list. That album was 'Satellites.0.1', so it makes sense for the follow-up to be 'Satellites.0.2'.

The album is available now with 'Wasteland' being the first single. Vic writes, plays and records most of his work himself, here with Richard Flack on engineering duties. It's an interesting sound that many would simply describe as "indie", although that sells it a bit short. 'Wasteland' is a more intricate an innovative than that; from the jittery beat to the repetitive piano to the near space-rock sound created by the electronics and subtle vocal layers. If Thom Yorke made tunes instead of experimental... stuff, and if he teamed up with The Beta Band then the outcome might be approaching something like this.

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