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Sounds of the Satellites

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Laika's second album, Sounds of the Satellites, combines ambient melodies and pop lyrics with thick, complex jazz percussion and dub-style bass rhythms. Catchy bass lines snap your ears to attention as well-syncopated and driving drums fill out the rest of the rhythm. Layered on top of this, Margaret Fiedler's haunting voice chimes in as a solid melody, dancing at the top of the harmonic range; expands and contracts, filling and amplifying the points where her voice fades for another breath. --Ryan Kuykendall

1. Prairie Dog
2. Breather
3. Out Of Sight And Snowblind
4. Almost Sleeping
5. Starry Night
6. Bedbugs
7. Martinis On The Moon
8. Poor Gal
9. Blood + Bones (Moody Mix)
10. Shut Off/Curl Up
11. Spooky Rhodes
12. Dirty Feet + Giggles

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire Records
  • ASIN: B000005JBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By elisa on March 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After the busy, dizzy soundscapes of "Silver Apples of the Moon," Laika return two years later with the cooler, spacier sonic drifts of "Sounds of the Satellites." There are still clanks, quirks and rattles a'plenty, but with larger spaces in between. "Prarie Dog" lopes and glistens, like stars twinkling over a grassy hill. "Spooky Rhodes" and "Breather" pillow you on lush drifts of gentle electronica. "Bedbugs" and "Poor Gal" stir up the mix with car alarms, clanks, inner city groove and outerspace noise. "Blood and Bones" hits a happy medium, tempo, noise and space.
Lyrically, Margaret Fiedler is still mining the same vein she hit on "Silver Apples"--domestic violence ("Shut Off/Curl Up"), feminism ("Bedbugs"), and characters from the edge of society ("Poor Gal"). This album also contains some of Margaret's darkest lyrics ever: "Dead dreams dropping off the heart like leaves in a dry season" ("Breather"); "There are things I can't explain; why tornadoes love the plains; why my dreams have lost their wings..." ("Spooky Rhodes").
Over all, a more haunting album than "Silver Apples," but just as worthy to belong in any discerning music fan's collection. And if they've still got some left, the liner notes tell you how to get a Laika snowglobe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike P on February 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the few records that lives up to the promise of electronic music. Some of the tracks are very complex, but they always remain musical. Laika uses a mixture of new technology like drum loops, and old technology (fender rhodes organ, electric bass) and the result is a very organic album. The songs really breathe in a way that few 'electronica' pieces do. Good lyrics also.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rich Stoehr on May 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Laika on the local independent radio station, and I instantly liked what I heard. Dark, moody, and atmospheric, it was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. I found their CD (at Amazon, no less!) and bought it soon afterwards. When I received it, I was almost turned away just because of its cover. A kitschy, silly-looking photograph of a moonscape under a plastic "snowglobe" bubble, with the hand-written name of the band and the album scrawled across it -- it frankly doesn't look like much.
Putting on a brave face, I started playing it anyway... and was positively delighted with what I heard. The same moody and ambiences I remembered from when I heard it on the radio, but even better, because there were 12 tracks of it.
"Almost Sleeping," the fourth song on the album, is one of the best. An ideal song for driving at night, its steady beat implies motion through dusky air, with Margaret Fielder's soft vocals singing through the gloom. I've put it through its paces, keeping me moving when my own eyelids wanted to close, almost sleeping, but awake and vibrant.
"Shut Off/Curl Up" is a strange, uncomfortable song, but compelling. The repeating vocals, like a mantra, accompany a strong beat and a warbling keyboard sequence. It's a song about trauma and pain and the dark places of the soul where we shut away the world. "If it hurts, push harder." Possibly the best song on the album, though not the easiest to listen to.
The remix of "Blood and Bones," on the other hand, is definitely meant to be a little more fun. Primarily instrumental, with a short vocal sequence at the end, it's a jazzy, upbeat song with an undertone of darkness. They call it the "moody mix," and I can see why.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom In Independence on January 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First listening in the car was too unfocused to really appreciate this cd. I'd have to agree this one doesn't neccessarily fit in any 'genre' of electronic. Playing now on the boom box in the quiet concentrated night, the music takes flight. Vocals thick and husky, yet still flying about like the higher voiced siren types. Sure you could dance to it, but not the same old bass drum endless mix. These folks are exploring some new areas. Not exactly world beat, cousins in conception perhaps. Organic drumming, electronic backfill. Guitar much apreciated. The lyrics will take a few headphone listenings. You can spend time with this cd. I'd suggest it, if you are looking for something intelligent but genuinely inventive. And still, fun. Feels more like a celebration than the moody stuff that many of their contemporaries are putting out these days. I wish I could provide a comparison, but I can't. That's one of the better reasons to consider the music. It is unique. Contemporary, not over the edge for the sake of 'originality'.
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