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Satellite: Nostalgia

Satellite: Nostalgia

Progressive Rock
Rating: 5.0/5.0

Time moves much too quickly; two years have passed since Satellite's brilliant offering 'Into The Night.' They return with another equally marvelous work, 'Nostalgia.' One listen through reminded me once again why Satellite has become one of my favorite modern progressive rock bands.

'Nostalgia' is an appropriate name for this work because the music causes you to remember those early days of prog rock. Both early Genesis and Pink Floyd come to mind as you listen. The musical atmosphere is sometimes bright and lively as on 'Every Desert Got The Ocean,' symphonic and extravagant on 'The Color Of The Rain,' or quirky and wholly prog as on 'Over Horizon.' All this is wrapped up in melancholy and lush arrangements. Robert Amirian sounds wistfully, but hopefully, disconsolate throughout. Remembering Satellite was founded by a drummer, Wojtek Szadkowski's drumming is equally moody and spirited; take note of 'Repaint The Sky.' For me, the real highlight was the majestic, often eerie, fret work of Sarhan Kubeisi, a true genius from song to song, but especially so on 'Every Desert Got The Ocean' and 'Afraid Of What We Say.'

Some songs, like 'Am I Losing Touch,' may seem daunting at times. But if you wade through them with open ears and mind, you will find them not merely immense for the sake of length, but depth because there is much to hear. Take note of the bass work in the aforementioned song or the sax in 'Is It Over.'

Poland's Satellite brings another amazing work on 'Nostalgia' which deftly blends progressive modern themes with early prog sensibility. The work is stirring, melancholy, and wholly enjoyable, a true delight.

In Short

Poland's Satellite brings another amazing work on 'Nostalgia' which deftly blends progressive modern themes with early prog sensibility. The work is stirring, melancholy, and wholly enjoyable, a true delight.

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