Travis-lite trad-rockers' debut LP

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Vega 4 – Satellites

With members hailing from Ireland, England, New Zealand and Canada, one might expect Vega 4’s first album to be a cross-section of diverse musical heritages. How disappointing to discover that Satellites eschews originality in favour of the kind of universal sentiments and trad-rock guitar schtick that makes corporate indie rock so dreary. That’s not to say Satellites is without merit; “Love Breaks Down” has an irresistibly lighters-in-air vibe. But the sneaky feeling Vega 4 have just written the new soundtrack for smug couples can’t be shaken.