Black Satellite – Endless (Independent).
Black Satellite are duo Larissa Vale and Kyle Hawken and I recently compared them to aspects of Garbage’s crossover heavy sound. So if you’re into alternative rock or even metal, Black Satellite’s amazing debut album Endless is for you. It is aggressive and innovative. In a word, I’m stunned. It’s like they brought their showsmanship from their live shows to the studio, refined it and truly captured the moment on this album.
With a little digging, I soon discovered these New York native’s alternative rock roots run deep and also extend across influences from Alice in Chains to Yo-Yo Ma. Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear vocalist Larissa Vale’s voice soar skyward with conviction and Kyle Hawken’s brilliant guitar riffs saturate every track on Endless. If I sound like a giddy teenager its because I really believe Larissa’s and Kyle’s unique sound and songwriting have hit all the right notes here. The album grabs your attention quite early, in fact its opening track Affliction builds and boils over to what we can expect from the rest of the album. Blind and Valkyrie are strong standouts, but my favourite tracks are My Resolveand Calamity. The album’s most surprising song is Still I Remember, an example of the absolute trust and rapport Vale and Hawken’s have with each other as collaborators, an accumulation of six years of some of their most honest and difficult experiences.
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