One certain song is the reason I care about Anathema at all: Pulled Under from their album A Natural Disaster. In general the band’s music isn’t something I could listen to for extended periods. It’s what I call “sad music” (for lack of a better term) – it’s great for evenings spent thinking about life, the universe and everything (and I can totally imagine it as the OST of some drama movie).
It might be just an illusion, but Distant Satellites feels much more musical than anything I’ve heard from Anathema before. I almost wrote the music is calm, but that would be a lie. It’s definitely on the quiet end as for the sound itself, but as music it’s so full of tensions, so full of force that labeling it calm would be doing it a disgrace.
Distant Satellites is like the ocean and the listener is the cliff that the waves just keep grinding. It’s deep (both sound-wise and thematically) and powerful. It’s much better to match the pulse of the waves or they might wash you away.