September - Satellites

January 08, 2012 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Before today I have never seen this music video. Every time I come to review a music video, I look at the YouTube comments, and in this case I was a little on the dubious side, and once I clicked play, I was thinking no no no no no no no. But more on that later.

I have been struggling to come up for a Sunday re-visit. I've always been worried about doing this music video, mainly because I hadn't seen it before today. And to be honest it's a good job I haven't. This song was September's first UK release and managed to get to number 96. She subsequently swapped labels, and after 2 singles and an album with this new UK label, she swapped back again. She is becoming more and more popular and she's on the edge of her career, she could fall down and disappear from the UK altogether, which will be a big loss to us, or she could have another big hit that will secure her place in the UK. But I can feel that this is just around the corner, and I'm hoping it'll be the latter as I love her new music.

The song was written by Jonas von der Burg, Anoo Bhagavan and Niklas von der Burg. I'm never quite sure what to make of artists who usually have their songs written by other people, however September (or real name Petra Marklund) has recently started songwriting, which suggests that she wants to believe in the music she sings. This song is about being knocked down and you have to get back up again and move on. (The way I've just phrased that reminds me of Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping"). "Satellites" is surprisingly catchy, and I think the reason for that is because the chorus is repeated quite a few times.

The music video is definitely a no no. It's dreadful. Full stop. It's totally low budget, I don't like the fact that they covered her eyes while they tanned her, and then to paint around her eyes the colours of her scarfs, or using masks. It just seems pointless and I don't really understand what it has got to do with the song. I can excuse the yellow bit because a "beautiful morning" involves the sun, but the other colours just don't make sense, unless they are on about a sunrise, which the song doesn't state.

The song is about starting all over again pretty much like the sun; as it rises and then it sets, to rise all over again. However the sun has nothing to be ashamed off, whereas in the song it's about something that's happened that makes you feel like the whole world is to crash down around you.

This is a very simple, low-budget music video that isn't as good as her most recent music videos. The song got a very low chart performance, could that be because of the music video, or were the UK music channels not showing the music video often because they didn't like it either? I just find it pointless with only a little understanding here and there.