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4 stars Warning: Playing on a stormy day could improve enjoyment.

Satellite is in fact one person: Wojtek Szadkowski (how do you pronounce that?) and he signed every song. Pretty impressive for a drummer. Being a drummer could be depressing for the creative side if you realize the fact that few drummers changed rock history. With Neil Peart, Dave Grohl, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland and Bill Bruford, Wojtek can proudly say he's a leader and a good composer.

Because the talent of the poor guy is easily targetable.

Satellite is playing a light, catchy, well studied néo-prog that seems to be their own sound. Some tiny Genesis approaches could be detected, but in general Satellite does it Poland all the way: melancolic, dreamy and windy as the harsh country winters. The sound is very european and modern. They use a lot of percussion programming that alternates with the traditionnal drum kit, many times a song by moment. I like that concept. Porcupine Tree seems to use it more and more too. Many bands should inspire themselves from Satellite, the beat section is so hotter with all that programming! Gives a slick, modern, jagged, rusty feel to some songs. Also a great palette of keyboards is used, with mellotron domination but also some weird 70's sounds that I only heard on Trace's first album. By the way this means we're ain't fed by the same old marshmallow neo-prog again!

Of course, what would be a neo-prog band without the tribute to the singing of Fish? Unfortunately, this record is, for the zillionesque time, a pastiche of Dereck W. Dick's vocals. Hey, some things will never change and for that, I take off a star from the rating.

A dark album for sure, made for heavy cloudy days as every song seem to announce lots rain. Give a careful attention to the constant 'windy' feeling of the record, you haven't heard this many times.

Super catch.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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