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Album Review: Satellite Mode Give Wild Excuses For Heartache

Satellite Mode’s debut EP, Wild Excuses, bridges folk music with cosmic vibes. If ever you thought Bob Dylan should have been an astronaut then Satellite Mode is your band. Wild Excuses proves that sounds and verses birthed in earthly debacles can be displayed like quiet space operas; meant to bloom rather than belt in grandiosity.

The irony of Wild Excuses is that it feels like a galaxy while being arranged as softly as a star. Guitars are strummed like gentle rays, drums are rolled like the first beats of light of a birthed star, and keys twinkle like each are trying to stand out amongst the millions bright sparkles surrounding. I paint this “pretty” picture because Satellite Mode aim to bring lyrical beauty to love’s hardships. I am always remarking that nothing makes you grow and stump quite like love, and that can be seen in the very origins of Satellite Mode. Jess Carvo met instrumentalist Alex Marko after a serious ,vocal surgery that could have left her mute had she not been determined to do what she loved: singing. Meanwhile, Alex Marko was mending his heart from a bad break-up. Thus, it makes sense that their EP, Wild Excuses, is about how you mature through life’s “hits”. Pain can be a teacher of strength, and suffering can be a professor for resilience. Such a mentality is what courses through tracks like, “Bad Woman”, “Fair”, and “Aphrodite” for listeners to see that storms and rainbows are naturally tied together.

The very concept of darkness stems from the lack of light, in the same way, that heartbreak stems from the lack of love, which means if how you are defined is solely based of another then you are not the powerful party: they are. Hence, it makes sense that Satellite Mode’s lyrics and sounds play upon the idea of growth, and trying to reclaim how you see and motivate yourself. Thus, the voice of Jess Carvo appears like a warm glass of milk; pure, satisfying, and willing to change texture if chilled or heated by fiery love. From “Wild Excuses” to “Wicked Games”, she not only shows her range but her emotiveness as a songstress/ person eager to achieve perseverance. Like in performance, she cannot help but evoke emotion as a partner to her verses in the same way a star is defined by its light. For More Information On Satellite Mode And To Buy Wild Excuses Click Here.