REVIEW: Satellite Twin – “The Mechanical Hearts EP”

Satellite Twin
The Mechanical Hearts EP
Gubbey Records

Post-punk trio Satellite Twin are back with a brand new 5-song EP that has quickly reminded me of how great this particular genre can be.  I grew up listening to indie rock bands like Shipping News and City of Ghosts that relied quite a bit on interesting guitar maneuvers, menacing bass grooves, and a badass drummer that brings it all together.  With their latest effort, Satellite Twin continues to prove that they have the ingredients for that certain recipe.

For me, Satellite Twin are at their best when they take their foot off the distortion pedal a bit and methodically deliver the goods, as demonstrated on the closing track “Cracks and Stains (On The Marquee Slogan).”  The introduction to the song offers a creepy, brooding bass and guitar combination that is truly reminiscent of something you might hear from Shipping News.  The track slowly builds with a nervous energy and finally erupts with a heavy, killer climax where you can’t help but bang your head and sing a long.  The song/album expertly closes with a chilling piano part that rehashes the vocal melody from the climax, which forced me to gleefully restart the EP from the beginning multiple times proving that this release has plenty of replay value. 

Another charmer is the title track “Mechanical Hearts” which gets off to a triumphant bang with harmonizing guitars served over a thick, chunky bass line.  Meanwhile, the vocals from Scott Boone are at times hard to describe, but there’s an unstable sense of urgency that I find charming.  It may sound weird, but sometimes I hear him singing and think of Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, while at other instances I’m reminded of Thom Yorke.  This all serves as further evidence that Boone’s take is a bit unconventional, but absolutely effective. 

The Mechanical Hearts is truly a wonderful collection of noise.  It sounds great, the songs are  fascinating, and I gotta say the album art is pretty fucking boss.  It kind of reminds me of something you’d see on the cover of an older Converge record.  In short, there really isn’t anything I don’t like about this release, so it’s easy for me to say that this is a must-listen.

Listen to The Mechanical Hearts EP below: