Growing up, I only stuck to certain music genres: pop, 60s/80s music, and anything by Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra. I never strayed beyond that to really listen to other types of music.
As I got older, however, I was lucky to have friends who had different tastes than I did. Their influence exposed me to different types of music. These experiences made me more open to trying new genres – even if I had initially disliked them.
This desire to give new musical genres a chance is what compelled me to eagerly volunteer to review the artist PRIME’s new single “Satellite.” (Really Late Reviews was fortunate enough to get an advanced link beforehand). PRIME is both the singer and songwriter, having gotten interested in music at an early age of 3. The official description for his music tastes are “pop, rock, R&B, electronic, and dance music; a taste of each can be heard in his songs.” When I read this description, I was extremely curious on how this mixture would sound in a song.
The first time I listened to “Satellite” I didn’t listen to the lyrics. I wanted to really hear the instrumentals. That was my attempt to try to listen critically. I attempted to think of some fancy ways to describe how the instruments worked with one another. That’s what I thought a good music reviewer should do.
However, I abandoned all my efforts to find the right musical theory words when images and memories lit up while listening to the song. I then realized the emotions and thoughts the song just brings out in you instantly is how you judge a song. Over-analyzing misses the point of music’s meaning
My mind immediately saw images of space and made me think of light passing in the sky (like a comet). How fitting for the instruments to actually match the title. You don’t always see that syncing.
Other images popped up in my head un-related to space. The instrumentals (as well as the vocals) also made me think about 1980s movies. I could almost imagine it being played between scenes of “Pretty in Pink,” or “Breakfast Club.” That’s the wonderful thing about music – it triggers multiple things in your memories /experiences that are so disparate.
Overall, the sense of peace and freedom is what dominates the tune. The instrumentals aren’t chaotic and have an optimistic vibe in them. These match the lyrics’ message perfectly well.
The second time I listened to the song I paid more attention to the lyrics. I liked how insightful they were about life and using a satellite as the metaphor for the barriers we face (whether internal or external):
I’m tryin’ to free up my mind
But all these
Cloggin’ my mind
Out to the to Milky Way
But all these
Point at my way
Shoot me down
Shoot me down to stay
This isn’t necessarily a song you listen to if you need a good jam (it’s too slow for that). Nor is it good background music when you’re studying or working (e.g. you can either focus on the lyrics or focus on you work not both). Rather, this song is meant for emotional connection. It’s for listening when you need to know you’re not the only feeling trapped. If you want to feel like you’re not alone, listen to this song.
Overall, I liked that this song made me really listen and think about it. This isn’t the type of song that would normally resonate with me in the first go. That’s what music is though sometimes: inviting you to really go deeper than just the surface listen and grasping it after multiple times.
“Satellite” released this past Friday and is available to listen here.