"Japanese Satellites" is a powerful pop meditation on the trials and tribulations of finding love in one’s early 30s. Katz guides us through the different stages of the journey by switching deftly between humor (“Passover,” “Magnificently Lonely”), heartache (“Modesto,” “Sacramento,” “Fall in Michigan,” and “Breakfast”), alienation (“Limitations”) and unrequited love (“Bushwick,” “Taipei,” “Yearning,” “Boston”) before ultimately finding affirmation (“Revival,” “I’ll Pretend”).
Drawing cues from artists such as Coldplay, U2, Fleetwood Mac, Thin Lizzy and Paul Simon, Katz worked with guitarist/producer Aaron Nevezie of The Bunker Studio in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Dangermouse, Moby, Ambulance LTD) to create an album that bounces between chamber-pop, 60s era folk and 80/90s guitar pop.
With the contributions of many Brooklyn-area musicians, songs feature a wide range of instruments- guitar, piano, glockenspiel, melodica, violin, and cello- infusing this rising pop star’s music with the earnestness of a folksinger. His latest album reflects a deeper sophistication of songwriting well beyond his years- a tour de force which only Danny Katz can deliver.