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Sum­mer Above Peace­frog

Sweet and slow is the way of the walk on Speck Moun­tain. This lu­mi­nous album from the three Chicago Moun­taineers is top-heavy with slow-mo­tion beauty, an­gelic tones and gen­eral gen­tle waves of sound. There are coos at ev­ery turn, Marie-Clare Bal­a­ba­nian’s voice beck­on­ing you from the clouds. So many glows and shim­mers abound that you re­ally need a pair of sun­glasses be­fore you move onto the next song. But Sum­mer Above’s swathe of per­fectly poised and pitched dream-pop is de­cid­edly short on drama and mo­men­tum. Very lit­tle hap­pens on this Moun­tain – just avalanches of voice, gui­tar, or­gan and as­sorted muted brass sounds. When the album ends and all the chilled bliss and folky drones fade away, you’re damned if you can re­mem­ber any­thing other than how pleas­ant, dis­creet and bland it all sounded. www.mys­pace.com/speck moun­tain Down­load tracks: Sum­mer Above, Fjord Song

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