When: Thu., March 8, 9 p.m. 2012
Karl Briedrick and Marie-Claire Balabanian don't sound like they're in any hurry at all. As Speck Mountain's songwriting duo, they make ambient dream-pop that's slo-mo and careful, wrapped in smooth, eerie reverb—it's music to listen to under an argyle blanket with some chamomile tea and a Victorian-era novel. Right from album opener "Shame on the Soul," whose sparseness reminds me of Spiritualized at their most morose, 2009's Some Sweet Relief (Carrot Top) rides the current of Balabanian's warm and soulful singing as Briedrick hangs a backdrop of delayed guitar. "Angela" is made to wash over you, with its looping bass line and repetitive, tinny guitar riff—even Balabanian's layered vocals simply repeat "Angela / Oh, Angela" like a series of gentle waves breaking on a beach. Complexity is not Speck Mountain's concern; they're more about dimly lit ambience and tucking you into your cozy bed. The band just finished recording the follow-up to Some Sweet Relief and is aiming for a fall release. —Kevin Warwick Saint Motel headlines.