out now: Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion [Mute]

Artist:
Cold Specks

Title:
I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

Label:
Mute

Cat#:
STUMM342

Release Date:
21th May 2012

Format:
CD, vinyl+CD & digital

Tracklist:
01)
The Mark

02)
Heavy Hands

03)
Winter Solstice

04)
When The City Lights Dim

05)
Hector

06)
Holland

07)
Elephant Head

08)
Send Your Youth

09)
Blank Maps

10)
Steady

11)
Lay Me Down

Info:
Cold Specks is songwriter and vocalist Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada, who now lives in London. The band’s name is taken from a line in James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’:

“Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness”.

Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. No wonder then that Al cites the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. With a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chain-gang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.

“My little brother, who was spending his summers with our mother in Toronto, had always told me of this girl he was friends with that had this amazing voice,” recalls Cold Specks’ manager, Jim Anderson. “As a producer I’d heard that so often that I didn’t take too much notice. Then I came in one night to find him and a few friends drinking in the flat and playing a CD of her demos. I was completely transfixed and just kept pressing repeat. I knew I had to work with her. I eventually persuaded her to come over. At that point she had never played with another musician and was completely self-taught with her own unique tuning and timings, which we had to decipher.”

“Jim convinced me to fly out and work on the record for a few months,” explains Al Spx. “That was a year and a half ago. I guess I’m permanently based here now. I didn’t know anyone when I moved here. We needed musicians and Jim knew a bunch. Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey’s regular collaborator) has been helping out with some arrangements and percussion and Jim’s old friends Pete Roberts (guitar), Thomas Greene (piano) and Tom Havelock (cello) also play on the record.”

Listen:
all tracks in full streaming here

Videos:
“Holland”

“Blank Maps”

“Winter Solstice”

“Lay Me Down (The Line of Best Fit Live Session)”

“When The City Lights Dim”

“Elephant Head (LIVE bei FluxFM)”

Buy:
MuteBank (CD)
MuteBank (vinyl)
Rough Trade (CD)
Rough Trade (vinyl)
HMV (CD)
HMV (vinyl)
WOM (CD)
WOM (vinyl)
Amazon GER (CD)
Amazon GER (vinyl)
Amazon UK (CD)
Amazon UK (vinyl)
more soon

Websites:
Cold Specks
Mute

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