The vulnerability in human emotion is what cultivates great lyricism — and that’s only one thing that sets apart Black Satellite from the rest.
Having grown up together and developed their craft, the rock duo Larissa Vale and Kyle Hawken released their first full-length LP, Endless, on July 7, 2017.
“We not only confronted our fears head-on, but were completely immersed in them,” Vale notes about the 10-track project, and it shows. “Valkyrie,” the band’s most successful single that launched them into the rock scene, is about trying to control the uncontrollable: the inevitability of death and our desire to understand it. Other songs like “Blind” touch on the haunting feelings associated with deceit and toxicity in a relationship (and you can watch the video for it here).
It’s these ideas accompanied by eerie keyboards, black and white imagery, and aggressive vocals that bring a specific cinematic feel to the album (as if every song could appear on the Wonder Woman soundtrack — which we totally think should happen). You truly feel the angst in Vale’s voice and the hard-hitting riffs of Hawken (reminiscent of Marilyn Manson and Alice In Chains).
Endless is a powerful introduction for Black Satellite. In a world filled with copies of the same “perfectly” formulated pop stars, it’s refreshing to see this duo stand so far apart with its authenticity and genuine personality. As Vale notes, “The album is a visceral reflection of our growth and maturation over the last few years.” Whether or not this growth is meant solely for personal endeavors, Black Satellite and its fan base will surely be growing, as well.
Stream the album below and let us know what you think of it!