In 2010, Bryan Stage started creating tracks for My Satellite. While still a solo effort, My Satellite released two EPs, Telescopes and Depths. In 2011, Andy Marshall (bass and backup vocals), Ryan Ward (guitar), and Justin Paul (drums) joined the current lineup for My Satellite. My Satellite’s first full album, Lift, was developed through a Crowdfunding campaign. The album has an otherworldly vibe. It’s intergalactic, spatial and explorative. Lift tells individual tales of love, loss and does some meditative musing.
Lift resides in an electronic, indie-rock realm, heavily graced with electronica sounds. My Satellite beautifully composes beats in each of the album’s tracks. The beats in “Mariner Valley” create all the harmony of a valley, while the ones in “Pacific” capture the intensity of a fast-paced big city.
“Olympus Mons” feels like a day in the clouds with the gods. It’s the single that has the most production with its layered vocals, and instrumental and electronic blending. “Made & Left” has dark, haunting, ghostly tones, which seamlessly matches the song’s content. “Control” is whimsical and spacey. Its beats are so beautiful that the song is just as strong without lyrics. “We Were Weightless” has somber tones, which pairs with its message of love and loss. It’s the song with the most interesting vocal dynamics.
My Satellite creates awe-inducing beats blending. The band tenderly establishes tracks that make you admire their skills, efforts and inventiveness to their album. Lift’s one downfall is that its lyrics are sometimes difficult to hear through all the other sounds. This takes away from exploring all the elements of these songs. But overall, My Satellite’s Lift transports listeners on a different creative and strikingly vivid journey with every new track.
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