Founded in 2005 by Martin Charlebois, Speech Machine is alt-rock/ indie-pop/ stoner rock music project. Martin takes the reigns by singing, playing guitar and bass, and performing most of the percussion found on this latest release. Other instrumentation includes: Keyboards, Drums, Cello, Horns, Sax, Banjo, Bassoon, Clarinet and many others. SPEECH MACHINE 5 features Ellen Kilcup on Cello, Jonathan Obien on Keyboards, and Christopher Briden on Viola da Gamba. This album is the first Speech Machine release to boast a pure acoustic theme, without a formal drum accompaniment.
The debut album, Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, was released in 2006. The album is defined by acoustic guitar, soft melodies, and dark key changes. Dave Segal, from Seattle newspaper The Stranger, described it best by writing, “Curious Punishments of Bygone Days abounds with soft midnight blue atmospheres.”
Speech Machine’s third album, Speech Machine III, was released in 2012. The album features bassoon, cello, keyboard, a few guest drummers, and powerful vocals. Gabor Klienbloesem, from Stutter’zine magazine, describes the album as “a mix of classic rock, a little prog, and a lot of Seattle alternative 90’s rock.” Branimir Loknerat of Time Machine Magazine concludes the album is “analytical” and it “is worth listener’s attention.”