"We didn't want to use keyboards or digital effects," says Karl Briedrick of Speck Mountain . "The unpredictability of old effects is a plus for us." Briedrick says it was important to set boundaries for their album Summer Above. The slow, psychedelic rock group works to create surprising, textured music without the use of electronics. The percussion is steady but sparse with mostly shakers and tambourine. Simple arrangements, tape delay, organs, and even melodica are key elements that help evoke a sense of nostalgia while also producing an original sound.
Marie-Claire Balabanian, Karl Briedrick, Kate Walsh, and Ben Borowiak were spread out over Detroit, Portland, and New York, but the band came together in Chicago.
Speck Mountain is playing two shows at the CMJ music festival in New York City: one show at the Knitting Factory Tap Bar on October 15th and another at the Knitting Factory Main Stage on October 18th.