"Satellite" is the eighth track on the 2013 release Hesitation Marks. "Satellite", along with "Everything", was originally written and recorded for a forthcoming greatest hits package for Interscope Records, but instead provided inspiration towards a new album.
This is the original album version. Opening into the first verse, quiet, low-register vocals layer behind a danceable beat loop surrounded by atmospheric synthesizers. Echoing distorted guitars break up parts of the multiple verses, then cover the background of the track during the chorus, which is mostly built on the differing lyrics and vocal layering. The coda of the track augments these elements with jangling guitar reminiscent of The Fragile and, prominently, a bassline backed by 'swarm' guitar layering that changes the mood of the track into something more mysterious and sinister. As layers build, the song gives out to several of the ambient layers and vocals only, fading out all the way.
Satellite (Hot Chip Remix)
Exclusive to the Remix 2014 EP from Beats Music.
Data trails Like fingernails Scratch across the sky Hard to know Figure out Tell the truth from lies Everywhere Listening Every word you say Think I found A way around Yeah I think I found a way Well, come on Satellite I'm watching you I'm one step ahead Satellite I'm part of you I'm inside your head Yes we can Yes we did Eliminate the spread Better watch What you think What was that you said? Everywhere Everything Every word you say Think I found A way around Yeah I think I found A way I know you're up there somewhere So very high