A few times a year I spin a new album from a band or artist I’m unfamiliar with, only to be blown away by the sonic delights emanating from my speakers. Those unexpected moments are the very best part of reviewing so much music each and every week. Just when I think I’ve heard it all, along comes a band that makes me realize — and appreciate — just how much great music is being made these days.
“Desire Forces the Flow,” the sublime sophomore slab from Philadelphia rock trio Satellite Hearts is just such a record. The 12-track release is a wonderful showcase for the talents of Justin Pellecchia, Lucas Rinz and Keaton Thandi — and has remained in steady rotation on my iPod for the better part of a month. I can’t get enough of these guys.
Satellite Hearts blend elements of indie rock, punk and pop together to create a sound all their own on a record that whisks by in a too-short 39 minutes. In addition to the traditional guitar, bass and drums we expect from a rock trio, the lads sprinkle in some harmonica, keyboards and horns.
It’s an eclectic collection of tunes highlighted by the opening tandem of “Carry Them Bones” and “Smoke & Mirrors,” plus personal favorite “Hot Water,” “Whisper on the Breeze,” “Outside the Box,” “Mountainside Breakdown” and set closer “In Twilight.” Here’s hoping these guys visit our side of the Keystone State in the very near future. (Jeffrey Sisk)