get lost in cold specks’ “doom soul.” check out ‘i predict a graceful expulsion’ #soundcheck

October 15, 2012

Calling her music “Doom Soul,” Canadian singer/songwriter Al Spx just released her debut album as Cold Specks. I Predict a Graceful Expulsion is a haunting blend of folk, gospel, goth, and soul all anchored by Al Spx’s incomparable voice. With the sadness and wisdom of someone well beyond her 23 years, Cold Specks makes the kind of music you can get lost in for days.

The songs rarely build past a whisper. But as if to prove you don’t need volume to be loud, there’s an intensity to that whisper as sharp as any scream. “Winter Solstice” is a masterpiece of subtlety, riding a repeating piano and a bass drum to transcendent devastation. Her band is original and strange, fleshing out her songs with clever arrangements. They’re never better than on the album highlight “Hector,” where bells, strings, and saxophone collide and explode.

Cold Specks is on tour right now and will be hitting up NYC November 8th. Check out the websitefor full dates.

– Words by Nathan Leigh