“Nothing to Say” may be one of the most improperly named releases of all time. Without question, Serpentina Satelite is a band with something to say – what that something is, of course, can only be defined by the listener.
That definition may be placed directly in front of us and we don’t yet have the proper knowledge or tools to translate the frequencies delivered by this Satelite. That definition may be in the quiet, haunting whispers that join the opening chimes and emerging drums of “Nueva Ola,” a song that precipitates a new wave, indeed – one that threatens to crest and crash with the force of a million moons. That definition may be in the explosive title track, all distortion and echoes and mad chanting that seems to have bounced down to earth after kicking around the stars above, supersonic stardust without a home, picking up velocity. That definition may be buried deep within the 23+ minute closing adventure known as “Kommune I,” something we hear as a sonic-sister or kosmiche-cousin to something like “Kommunikation.”
It’s a fair enough reference in several ways, not least given our belief that “Nothing to Say” has quite a lot to offer in the form of communication. Are you open to receiving it? Can you adjust your own personal orbit to receive the signals supplied by the Serpentina Satelite transmission?
Listen: The members of Serpentina Satelite themselves could probably offer a definitive answer as to what it is that “Nothing to Say” has to say, although it’s worth baring in mind that this is the same group of astral travelers who believe it’s appropriate to call “Nothing to Say” – which, as has been established, has a lot to say – an EP, despite it’s nearly fifty-minute running time.
It’s also worth baring in mind – and impossible not to, for anyone who has taken the time to send their iconic, supersonic and quite possibly hydroponic modern space-rock classic, “Mecanica Celeste,” into their own personal orbit – that Serpentina Satelite just may be operating from a different level of elevation.
To this listener, theirs is a music built on questions – questions of familiarity, questions of entering realms unexplored, questions that do little to reward those who believe ultimate answers are waiting to be found, but rather rewards those with the patience and the persistence to make the journey.
“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.”