Anathema - Distant Satellites

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Distant Satellites is the tenth studio album by British alternative / progressive rock band Anathema, released in June 2014 via Kscope.

With each release since the mid-'90s, Anathema have pushed their boundaries to the breaking point, creating a prog pop sound of their own. After the groundbreaking - and universally celebrated - Weather Systems in 2012, it was fair to wonder just where else they could go. That question was answered with Distant Satellites.

The set is divided into two halves that diverge from one another musically but are lyrically united, reflecting the evolution of an encounter with love, death, grief, yearning, acceptance, transcendence, and spiritual transformation.

The first six tracks are grounded in the three-part "Lost Song" suite, appended by Dave Stewart's lush string charts, expansive, emotionally committed vocals by Vincent Cavanagh and Lee Douglas, acoustic piano and strikingly original guitar work from Daniel Cavanagh, John Douglas' keyboards and percussion, Jamie Cavanagh's thrumming basslines, and Daniel Cardoso's brilliant drumming.

Parts one and three of the suite are in 5/8 time, atypical for rock tunes. Cardoso is locked in; he embellishes each section with canny fills and rolls that fuel and drive the singers, but never loses the pocket. "The Lost Song - Pt. 1" builds rockist prog in layers adorned by strings until it explodes, then fades to ether. Lee's balladic "The Lost Song - Pt. 2" relies on piano, drums, and strings in mellifluous balance, with rock guitars appearing briefly.

"Dusk (Dark Is Descending)", with fingerpicked electric guitar lines, initially feels like a folk song, but is utterly transformed by Cardoso's drum kit and carried toward the emotional margins by the singers. "Ariel", initially a sparse duet, becomes an elegant yet powerful rocker. "The Lost Song - Pt. 3" - the set's first single - is introduced by Daniel's hypnotic guitar line; its quickly unfolding drama melds aggression, rich harmonics, and strident dual vocals in an anthemic progression. "You're Not Alone" commences the second-half shift toward the stratosphere. Distant Satellites' second half takes repeated listens to grasp fully, but it does integrate with the first logically and thematically.

Anathema's trademark emotional resonance and musical adventurousness purposefully re-engage earlier electronic forms to make this album a compelling undertaking.

The band released a statement on their new album prior to its release:

“distant satellites is the culmination of everything ANATHEMA been working up to so far in our musical path. It contains almost every conceivable element of the heartbeat of Anathema music that it is possible to have. There is beauty, intensity, drama, quietude, and extra musical dimensions that the band have previously only hinted at. All built on the song writing chemistry of Daniel, John and Vincent - and the haunting voice of Lee Douglas.”

Check out the tracks: The Lost Song – Part 3”; “Anathema” and “Ariel”.

This Double Album 2LP Record set is on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with Poly Lined Inners and an 8 Page Booklet, pressed in Germany.







The Lost Song – Part 1



The Lost Song – Part 2



Dusk (Dark is Descending)






The Lost Song – Part 3






You’re Not Alone






Distant Satellites



Take Shelter


SKU 80264488619
Record Label Kscope Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number KSCOPE866
Country DE - Germany
Release Date (Year) 09 June 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 09 June 2014
Barcode # 80264488619
Shipping Weight 0.5750kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, 8 Page Booklet, Poly Lined Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock

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