Back to Badwater, Speck Mountain.

Back to Badwater, Speck Mountain.

Badwater will, I’d bet my bottom buck, be one of those classic unheralded records of the year that just so happens to be 2013. It was released midway through January, the month which for self-explanatory motives is so frequently overlooked in the end of years anyhow though most perturbing was the desperate lack of hyperbole to have greeted that initial emission of its dreamy shoegaze consistency. And it’s an absolutely mystifying testament to its uniform quality that Lies – the flip to forthcoming single, Caught Up – didn’t make the final cut, for this is Speck Mountain continuing to plateau at a quite breathtaking proficiency. Marie-Claire Balabanian this time channels the withered spirit of Sharleen Spiteri and so too musically, there’s more than a faint whiff of Texas’ I Don’t Want A Lover swirled into this giddy maelstrom of dizzying, tie-dye psychedelia. That was then a stomping tour de force from the Scottish pop-rock titans and, truth be known, Lies arguably goes one or two better. Dear ol’ Sharon Van Etten’s been an avid fan for quite some time and so should you be, for late is ever preferable to never.

Badwater is out now on Carrot Top Records.

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