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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 a 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.


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  • nagchomper

    simply awesome..i spent a whole afternoon listening to them on repeat and never heard the same thing twice

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • EchotheSun

    Atomic space love

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MaxUrai

    @ sawaawaa Yeah! Please make some new music :(

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • sawaawawa

    i could use some more of this

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • electricsound

    i agree with the below. they're a fantastic band but that description does them absolutely no favours

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • blossomtoe

    Yowsers! There's nothing worse than florid, pretentious band biographies. It totally does a disservice to the band themselves. You'd think they were a successor to Aretha and The Beach Boys from this dreadful description. UNGODLY SPRING REVERB? Ye gods.

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • MaxUrai

    I completely love Some Sweet Relief (the song) but I can't find the album anywhere :(

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • brasmin92

    great vocals, first i've heard of them and am already considering getting the album!

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    I just found out about this band thanks to my second favourite drummer, Chris Dye, joining this band. They're pretty good on first listen...

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • robertfjr

    Although I wouldn't call them trip-hop, they do have echoes of Mazzy Star and Goldfrapp in there. But I like them better.

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • paulomureb

    i've fall in love to some sweet relief so easy that i cant remember other band that something like this happened. Even MBV or Circa Survive, 2 of my top fav bands, they dont get me so easy like this. thanks!

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • ptolemyphil

    Wow. Trippy as anything - takes me back to the heyday of the Dream Syndicate, Opal and of course Mazzy Star

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
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    14 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Heus

    It looks like Mazzy star. If you like this try Mazzy star!

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • kevinlit

    I would so love to see this band live.

    27 Feb 2008 Reply
  • scroodrive

    i just want to fall in love, speck mountain.

    13 Oct 2007 Reply

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