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Speck Mountain

“The whole thing feels like a nice warm dream.”—Paste

While many efforts have been made to describe the music of Speck Mountain, one must jump in headfirst on their own to fully absorb the band's textured and melodic sound. Deep within their sonic landscape is something innately recognizable – maybe it calls to mind a dozy record player hazing over '60s soul, a dream, a scrap of memory cloaked in that fuzzy atmosphere. By their own definition, "ambient soul" seems the most apt. It is a sound that surrounds us, warm and round – a sound that seems like it was always there.

The same could be said of how the band began. Self-described "musical soul mates," Marie-Claire Balabanian and Karl Briedrick appear to have lived out parallel lives in the suburban sprawls of Los Angeles and Detroit respectively before finding each other in New York City in the early-2000s. Now based in Chicago, the duo share song writing duties in the formative stages – Balabanian doles out her soulful vocals and Briedrick crafts rich sonic textures in bass and guitar in the final cuts.

For their third album together, Badwater, the creative partners have added drummer Chris Dye, previously of Chin Up Chin Up, and Linda Malonis, a former pentacostal church pianist turned drone-rock organist.

Bonded by an almost mystical connection and a musical intuition, Balabanian and Briedrick have cultivated together, Speck Mountain will release Badwater on Carrot Top Records in January 2013 with tour dates to be announced.

Debut of track Slow So Long on MTV Hive.

“Speck Mountain’s session...must’ve come with a free flowing stock of valium and warm milk.”—Stereogum

Press by George Corona at Terrorbird Media

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Some Sweet Relief Album cover art

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You can buy the previous releases by Speck Mountain, Summer Above and the Blood Is Clean EP (Burnt Brown Sounds, 2007) from our sister store saki
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  I Feel Eternal

Older Songs from Summer Above

  Hey Moon


"To put it plainly, Speck Mountain is just, well, lovely."—The Owl (read it)

"4.5/5. Practially compelling the listener to lay back, turn out the lights, and stay awake until the last note fades."-Venus

"3.5/5. Subtle sonic beauty is the core of Speck Mountain’s second LP. At times haunting, at times warm and breezy, there is a dream-like ambiance that permeates the collection...If there ever was a good drone, this is the one."—Glide (read it)

"Some Sweet Relief is an uplifting and transforming release...Be on the look out for this album. It's a real winner."—Ryans Smashing Life Best of 2009 (read the review)

"Hey Moon unwinds beautifully around a spindly guitar riff, while pin-sharp guitars form the backdrop to the celestial Blood is Clean."—UNCUT Review of the Year "The 20 Best Americana Albums of 2008"

"From the celestial twinklings of Summer Above and the circular riffs of "Hey Moon" to the wintry organ delivery on Midnight Sun, Summer Above's meandering soundscapes will haunt you in slumberland."—Spin (read it)

"Marie-Claire Balabanian’s weary, wistful tones and Karl Briedrick’s sun-scorched guitar chimes recall Mazzy Star, and the reverb-soaked tambourine that often accompanies them is of Jesus & Mary Chain vintage."—Mojo

"The whole thing feels like a nice warm dream."—Paste

Band to Watch "Their dream pop revels in reverb, and slowly marches to a tambourine-marked pulse and Marie-Claire Balabanian crystalline vocal beam. The innocence-lost ballad Stockholm is a must grab, seeing a jilted girl's grief turn from ‘a fjord into a lake.’"—Stereogum (read the review)

"Simple arrangements, tape delay, organs, and even melodica are key elements that help evoke a sense of nostalgia while also producing an original sound."—NPR-Second Stage (read the review)

No Depression’s Top 20 Albums in 2007

Jeez, what else do you want from a band on their first album?

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