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Much as American fans of roots and blues music would love to lay claim to Canada’s mysteriously named Al Spx (performing as Cold Specks), we just can’t do it. Although her powerful vocal style, subdued guitar picking, and sorrow-filled lyrics owe as much to giants of American blues, gospel, and folk as they do to her contemporary influences like Tom Waits and Smog's Bill Callahan, Cold Specks originally hails from the Toronto area. (She now lives in London.) This impressive, full-bodied debut—replete with cello, flugelhorn, electric guitars, keyboards, a gospel choir, and more—is a carefully nuanced blend of light and dark, regret and hope, despair and celebration. The soul-stirring, hymnal refrain of songs like “Winter Solstice” and “Reeling the Liars In,” the chilling, bluesy power of “Lay Me Down” and “Holland,” and the sultry, seductive call of “Hector” reflect the hair-raising, evocative powers of artists like Cat Powers and PJ Harvey. That may be due partly to the arrangements here by PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis, along with those of noted jazz producer Jim Anderson. Yet the spirit of the whole is 100 percent stone Cold Specks.

Customer Reviews


there's a reason why adele is so huge. Its the rasp, the soul of her voice and its embedded in cold specks as well.


Absolutely Brilliant!!

My Goodness, got a song sample (When the City Lights Dim) at Starbucks, just decided to download and listen to it.
Bought the entire album immediately.

Amazing voice!! Correction, "Totally amazing voice" , "Great vocals", "Very talented", I can see this girl is going places
going to be big real soon.

Being Canadian I will support Cold Specks 100%

Keep up the awesome work! Great music!!!


A great album. Loved all the tracks . The vocals are amazing. Its first time I've heard of this band and it won't be my last time!!


Born: Etobicoke, Ontario

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada-born and London, England-based musician Al Spx, who goes by the stage name Cold Specks, describes her signature sound as "doom soul." Steeped in the old gospel spirituals and traditional folk songs that famed musicologist Alan Lomax spent most of his life putting to tape, her unique blend of Deep Southern soul, Tom Waits/Jeff Buckley-inspired blues, and goth-tinged indie folk first caught the public's attention after an appearance on the popular British music program, Later...With...
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