With the scrupulous recording, you’d like to turn the volume as loud as possible to immerse yourself into Sun Stereo’s 2012 release Rogue Satellite. In this album, the Champaign-Urbana band creates a beautiful spark by rubbing rock and electronic elements together. Along with the vibrant vocals, there’s no doubt its one of the more energetic albums we’ve seen in CU in years.
Rogue Satellite is highly recommended because it depicts a vivid image of the band. Each track on this album comes with its own highlights. It contains so much instrumentation while keeping a balance between over-doing it and not. The elaborate arrangement of each song naturally gives off a joyous sentiment.
Sun Stereo distinguish themselves with the ingenious combination including trumpet, trombone, baritone sax, shakers, violin, keyboard and guitar and the flexible shifting of tempos. They also impress with vocal power and an overall brightness that distinguishes them from other CU artists.
The second track “DNA” starts with electronic soundscape that could never bore, constantly changing beats throughout the remainder of the track. Here, you can notice some funk and jazz elements mixed perfectly into their music. Typical electronic music texture runs through the whole track, however, Sun Stereo handles the mixture well throughout the record. The track isn’t noisy or annoying, instead, it’s enjoyable and energetic, especially with the trombone.
The chiptune at the beginning of the second-to-last track “Slippery Pete” gives a cute surprise and immediately raises your interest. While you’re still lost and trying to figure out where the vintage texture will bring you to, the drum, followed by the silvery vocal breaks your confusion and leads you into the track. The piano solos are like naughty, adorable spirits, jumping and dancing airily throughout the track. They cautiously hide themselves in the background or pop up gorgeously right after the pauses in the track. At the end of the song, all the other sounds go to silent, and the tone quickly shifts back to chiptune after an exciting piano solo, calling back to the beginning.
Rogue Satellite is unbelievably catchy. It pleases you by its proficient and creative use of recording textures, while the songwriting laughs with positivity. It’s the kind of record you want playing in your head all day, whether you’re walking around or listening alone at home.