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Spanspek Album Review: Satellite Era - The Demos

Hello! I hope this bloggo finds you doing well.  It's Spanspek season, so there ain't so much time for reviews, but I really wanted to write about this particular album, so lets get to it! Take a listen to the debut live album from Mendota post punk quartet SATELLITE ERA!
Satellite Era
The Demos

When it comes right down to it, what do you really need to make song?  What are the most basic ingredients that turn chaos into sublimity?  I think about this a lot, form and function and all that rot.  I mean, it's not like every badass song in the universe needs to be built like Bohemian Rhapsody, right?  This is what draws me to Satellite Era; they've got it all figured out man.  Verse/Chorus/Verse filled with four on the floor beats, impressionistic guitars, precise driven bass, and melodies that spin light from darkness.  It's a simple combination with results that are extremely effective.

Take for example the excellent "New Age", a two minute perfectly constructed banger that waste little time in its vision of a brightly colored dystopian future.  Absolute favorite track "Come Home", with its infectious dance beat and somber pleas, is similarly economical, adding only a propulsive intro/outro to "pad out" the song to a whole three minutes.  It's lean and mean songwriting at its best.

The other aspect of the album to note is its general mood of what the ancients called "Danceable Sadness" (I don't know guys; I'm just pretending to be a music writer here).  In this time when instant communication is possible, isolation and sadness are still constant companions.  But that ain't mean can't dance the night away son! In fact, if you ask Satellite Era, it's the only appropriate response.
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Thanks for reading and goodnight!!!


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