Speck Mountain's Incantatory Drone "Lies"

by Jonah Wolf

Chicago-based Speck Mountain released Badwater, their third album of Marie-Claire Balabanian's incantatory drawl and Carl Briedrick's droning jangle, in January on Carrot Top Records. We're happy to unveil non-LP b-side "Lies," which pulls off the old Velvet Underground trick (perhaps derived from Indian raga) of building tension between a battering-ram bassline and a one-note high-end drone. "When you tell me that I'm crazy," Balabanian sings, "I believe your lie." Speck Mountain plays Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery next Friday, April 26, with Lazyeyes and Wim.

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