Arriving in the postbag recently was the sophomore album ‘Brooklyn, I Am’ by The Satellite Year. With a melodic post-punk sound that incorporates elements of electronic and pop music, The Satellite Year give the impression of deriving from the very city that is encompassed in their latest album title rather than their actual roots of Saarbrücken, Germany. Geographical roots aside, The Satellite Year know a thing or two about creating a catchy melody that often is graced with abrasive edges. Think 30 Seconds To Mars, Hundred Reasons, Thursday et al and you’re somewhere close to the influences running through ‘Brooklyn, I Am’. There is much to consider here as The Satellite Year shoehorn in great levels of detail into each, and every song with the pace never sauntering. Such a feat is to be admired, and really takes hold during the first half of the album, ranging from the melodic blast of ‘That This Was Wrong’, to the nimble guitar entrance of ‘Early In December’. Despite some familiarity with a couple of the songs, such familiarity is never allowed to stagnate as evidenced by the passionate delivery of ‘Fireworks’ that rattles along at pace and possesses one heck of a meaty chorus. The following ‘In Vitro’ gives the impression of a band reaching for the stars, musically, whilst searching for honesty in those around them on ground level. As it stands, ‘Brooklyn, I Am’ is a record that will grab your attention from the off but, more notably, it will keep pulling at your senses because it is an album with much depth that throws up new twists and turns via subtle hooks that will see any listener return, and return again to The Satellite Year’s brand of post-punk and alternative rock. A truly impressive piece of work.