Satellite: Calling Birds Review

By on February 25, 2013

March 5th
Descendant Records/Sony Music

Step aside One Republic; the American Rock band Satellite is here to take over the mainstream chats. They are MTV Buzzworthy, and with the backing of Sony Music; slated to release their debut album Calling Birds on March 5th. The album opens with “Say The Words” an intimate acoustic performance that explodes into a full-fledged arena style ballad; break out the lighters for this one. “Brooklyn” chimes in next with a more creative guitar lead but its touchingly delicate chorus steals the show. “Turning On My Own” slows it down for an emotional pace before unleashing the band’s more “Rock” side in a powerful ending composition; a sense of urgency can be heard in singer Steven McMorran’s words as he displays one of Calling Bird’s most sincere vocal deliveries. The album’s next track “Saving Us Tonight” is an instrumental masterpiece with a rhythm that shines more through its emotional feel than its technical skill. “Silhouette” slows it down again before sticking to the band’s formula of a post emotional power ending. “Come And Get Me” gets a big more experimental: one of the album’s most diverse tracks. “Ring The Bells” mixes it up with an almost “tropical” feel [compliments of the strumming]. The album’s 8th track “God Save The Dream” begins with an enticing lead and builds to an epic showcase of soulful Rock [will be a fan favorite for sure].

“You And Me” continues the broader musical concept before the album’s 10th track “What You Need” [a personal favorite] speeds it up with a killer rhythm and some seriously catchy hooks. Calling Birds comes to an end with the song “Till I Return” an appropriately soft and emotional close to this heart touching album. Calling Birds is a sincere release with a very “real” feel to it; bands like One Republic and Snow Patrol will come to the listener’s mind, and for the less “mainstream” audience: fans of bands like Acceptance are sure to enjoy. The album drops March 5th on Descendant Records/Sony Music; be sure to grab your copy.

Review by Matt Crane – HHM