Mew : Satellites

Hello there! My name is Joe Stevens and I have been asked to contribute to New Alt Sounds by Jonah Frey. I am both honored and humbled at being given this amazing opportunity to review music for New Alt Sounds. I have found that listening to and discovering new music has become something of an emotional release, so I am very excited to be able to share my discoveries with the visitors of New Alt Sounds.

The Danish alternative rock band Mew was formed in 1994 in a suburb of Copehagen, Denmark. With Jonas Bjerre on vocals, Bo Madsen on guitar, Johan Wohlert on bass and Silas Jorgensen on drums, Mew’s lineup is nothing extraordinary. What they manage to do with that traditional lineup is what makes them worth listening to. Their ability to craft a uniquely large sound is put onto display with the newest single off their upcoming album +-.

“Satellites” begins in the vein of Bon Iver or The Antlers, filled with lush strings, layered vocals and ambient instrumentation. The song holds sway over the listener in the beginning. The song could continue with the same composition, with vocals and instrumentation delicately balanced upon one another. Ultimately, the song devolves into something of an arena anthem meeting Passion Pit.

What the song truly lacks is something to be appreciated. When a song like Run The Jewels’ “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” or LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” comes on, they demand your attention, never blending into the background. “Satellites” lacks this vital quality. After listening to “Satellites” a few dozen times it became static, revealing nothing new or exciting. On the surface, “Satellites” is a fun and upbeat song that is sure to elicit some questionable dance moves in a moment of falsely placed confidence at a party. Unfortunately, that’s all there is to it; nothing too satisfying here.

– Joe



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