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Doors at 7:30pm All Ages $6

"Marie-Claire Balabanian and Karl Briedrick, the core duo of Speck Mountain, have described themselves as “musical soul mates,” but their kinship isn’t the sort that doesn’t leave room for anybody else: for the upcoming Badwater, out 1/22 via Carrot Top, they’ve recruited drummer Chris Dye (Chin Up Chin Up) and organist Linda Malonis. Like their previous full-length, Some Sweet Relief—where Balabanian’’s vocals and Briedrick’s instruments weave together into a hypnotic blanket of dreamy, ambient pop that goes great with naps and warm mugs—Badwater is built around delay-treated guitar, airy singing, reverb, and more reverb. But it’s also much more of a “rock” record than its two predecessors, mostly on account of the up-front songwriting style and production that comes with a full band. It’s less bedroom and more studio, particularly due to Dye’s sparse but consistent rhythms. The stellar title track, for instance, devolves for its last two minutes into a jam that’s more melodically textured, heavy on the licks, and just plain rock ’n’ roll than anything I’ve heard from Speck Mountain. And they’re better off for it." —Kevin Warwick, Chicago Reader




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