Seven years after releasing their debut album on Two Bright Lakes, Hello Satellites are preparing for the release of their third LP, Bright Face.
With previous releases filled with interesting pop songs, Hello Satellite’s forthcoming LP is essentially a concept album, still utilising a variety of instruments and percussive textures to create wonderful sonic worlds. It’s an album produced to listen to in one sitting.
Sung in duet form, by songwriter Eva Popov and Georgia Harvey (Yffer, Cold Hands Warm Heart), their voices weave melodic threads through a body of songs that tell the story of one narrator’s journey through loneliness and sensuality against the backdrop of a changing landscape. The album draws on the outfit’s pop sensibilities, while also representing a change in direction – the meticulously crafted synth layers from earlier albums give way to tender and vulnerable performances that invite the listener close.
Recorded with long-time collaborator Nick Huggins at his seaside studio, the bulk of the album was recorded live, across 48 hours with the input of musicians Peter Emptage and Travis John, and with subsequent layers added across the following months by a stellar line up of instrumentalists including Melbourne Jazz Legend Adam Simmonds and long time collaborators George Weis and Cathryn Kohn. An instrument bed of guitar, piano, bass and drums was enriched with shimmering strings, prepared guitar, horns, woodwind, accordion, harp and synthesizers. The result blends arid, lonely vocals with the unexpected emergence of rich arrangements.
Each track takes the listener on a journey beginning with the claustrophobia of inner city loneliness (“Woke Up With The Feeling”, “Incantation”), moving through the luminous terrain of sensuality (“Blindness”), craving her own space (“Hello Lover”) and finally towards the wide-open plains of solitude (“Nobody Can See Me”, Close My Eyes”). This changing landscape is at the heart of the album; it tells story of cliffs and deserts, of open roads and closed hearts, of love and loss.