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Let me explain.
Some Loud Thunder was an album written mostly as a reaction to the not unwelcome but still uncomfortable great interest in the band’s first album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Depending on who you asked, in 2007 the band was known alternatively as the “real thing” or a flash in the pan, a band who presented a new paradigm for independent music or whose model was based on sheer luck, a band simply enjoying the process of creation or a (relatively) new band struggling to maintain some sort of illusory artistic foothold.
The general desire to discover the “secret” behind the project (and the irritation that it caused me in interviews, reviews, etc.) was, to a large degree, what drove the creation of the album, Some Loud Thunder. Mostly, this is evidenced in the songs, Some Loud Thunder (“Yes, that was me breaking glass and pretending to start something big, some new taste”) and Satan Said Dance (“Satan” here as the transitory faction of an audience which tends to disappear as soon as any chances are taken), but in others as well.
I think that this album, from the abrasive first track (which was not as much of a fuck you as some think but rather that it simply worked) to the final disintegrating “give up give up give up give up give up” on the song, “Five Easy Pieces,” documents a band that was comfortable taking big chances, somewhat aware of the consequences of taking chances (in an industry that often seems allergic to veering off the beaten path) but ignoring them all the same. For this, maybe most of all, I am very proud of this album. For true fans, who allow the opportunity to take such chances and are not afraid to embrace what may at first seem difficult or different, I am eternally grateful.
Outer Spaces is the name of the electric guitar-based indie singer/songwriter project of Cara Beth Satalino. The musician self-released an EP under her own name in 2008 titled The Good Ones, which saw a vinyl release three years later by Bakery Outlet and Salinas Records. Meanwhile, her short-lived band Witches put out the album Forever in 2011, also with Bakery Outlet.
The first Outer Spaces release, the six-track Creature of Nature EP, was recorded in the songwriter’s then base of Athens, Georgia and released in early 2013. Later that year, Matador Records included the band in its Singles Going Home “single-of-the-month” series, issuing “I Was Divided/Eternally Fifteen” on 7″ vinyl. With engineer/producer Chester Gwazda (Dan Deacon) on bass and keys, and Ben Salie (Arbor Labor Union) on drums, the Garbage Beach EP followed in 2014 via Salinas and Stupid Bag Records.
Reminiscent of confessional guitar acts like Waxahatchee and Cat Power, the album was recorded in Athens and Satalino’s newly adopted Baltimore, Maryland, as well as in Pennington, New Jersey. Citing Murmur-era R.E.M. as an influence, Outer Spaces’ full-length debut, A Shedding Snake, arrived via Don Giovanni Records in 2016, with Gwazda in the producer’s chair.