In scientific terms, a chain reaction is a sequence of reactions where a reactive product or by-product causes additional reactions to take place. In ordinary terms, a chain reaction is a sequence of events where each individual event sets off another, which can also be referred to as the snowball effect. In the newest single from The Satellite Station, a “Chain Reaction” focuses on the weight of the silence at the end of a relationship.
Starting off 2021 with an acoustic EP and two other singles, The Satellite Station is continuing to blaze his own way in the world of music with his unique take on the indie genre. The Satellite Station (Travis Rue) is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his haunting folk-inspired melodies and emotionally deep lyrics. He shares his perspective on lief and the challenges and joys of being human through his storytelling. He considers himself “an optimist who mostly writes sad songs.”
Listeners are greeted by a soft lullaby of piano chords and gentle vocals which recall the final moments in a previous relationship – words spoken out of anger leading to more fallout than intended. The slippery slope of the aftermath lends itself to a beautiful rise in the song that leads into the chorus. As the vocals soar and the production rises with more folk and pop elements becoming apparent in the mix, the idea of a chain reaction is intertwined with the lyrics. Acknowledging that “every choice is a chain reaction,” the track follows the thoughts that bubble into the mind following a breakup. Feelings of confusion, uncertainty, loneliness, and longing are prominent in both the words and vocal tones used. The track is a clever and stunning display of applying this all too familiar concept to an all too familiar situation.
Listen to “Chain Reaction” below.