Satellites have not enjoyed widespread success and fame; probably due to the fact only a few hundred copies of the debut album were distributed to a particular array of music shops. Despite this, the one man band has recently begun to attract media attention. It’s hard to dispute the critical acclamation Satellites has received thus far.
The new album is entitled ‘Satellites.02’, which may seem either lacking in creativity or daringly original as far as album names are concerned. This bares no representation to the artist himself, which to be cliché is ‘something you need to see to believe’. Johnny Vic, the man at the heart of the music, personally dubs the music ‘humanized electronics’. Anyone living in the modern day will easily understand why this is successful; a mixture of old and new.
‘World At Your Feet’ and ‘Beg, Steal & Borrow’ stand out as the strongest tracks, although each song brings its own sense of heavy individuality. ‘Neon Sun’ is another winner, being a tune that perfectly matches the current climate.
To some, Johnny Vic’s vocals may seem flat and unappealing. To many, the melody of voice conveys much emotion and sensitivity without being over the top. It’s symbolic of a man simply ‘getting on with it’, which is something we could all learn from. Credit is due to Satellites, considering he creates a well rounded instrumental sound despite going it alone, with no band to back him up. This means less room for error, which Johnny Vic deals with superbly. Although it’s a love it or hate it situation, ‘Satellites.02’ is a must listen. 7.9/10