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Free Music Monday: Speck Mountain "Slow So Long"

By November 12, 2012

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Chicago's Speck Mountain make slow-burning, atmospheric music that carries hints of slowcore, psychedelia, country, and even soul. Their evocative band-name suggests —hand in hand with that slow-burning, atmospheric music— that they're playing halfway up a hill, with mud on their shoes and evening mist shrouded them, only with a mirror ball suspended from their trees, and sending sparkling light across the owl-festooned canopies.

This is all an embarrassing-creative-writing kind of way to try and summon the simple, sweet pleasures of hearing Marie-Claire Balabanian's voice doused in echo, singing soulful and doleful amidst dreamy, dangling guitars draped in all manner of effects. It's music to ease into; headphone music; and, perhaps, music to inspire embarrassing-creative-writing.

Speck Mountain have issued a couple of low-key, overlooked, yet-impressive discs thus far: 2007's John McEntire-produced Summer Above; and 2009's Some Sweet Relief. Their third, Badwater, arrives early in 2013, and "Slow So Long" is the first offering from it.


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