Canada never got it’s fair music due but the explosion in indie bands the past decade is surely making up for it. Toronto, in particular, has served a rich, musical feast. Think Stars, Feist, Broken Social Scene, Zeus, Metric and Final Fantasy. One of the newest kids on the block is Al Spx whose debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, has been released under the band name, COLD SPECKS. She is every bit as good as those big names mentioned but, as the album title suggests, she’s possibly the most graceful too.
Whoever decided to label her as doom soul on her Facebook deserves a compliment. This is not the type of soul you find on a chart. It’s that deep digging kind more akin to someone slaving in Louisana field in the early 20th century. Al Spx relates to that pain. Her lyrics are a turmoil as she questions her religious upbringing, the music a gospel for moving on towards herself.
Sparse arrangement, beautiful; voice and the amalgamation of blues, folk and indie is sure to make COLD SPECKS a darling for all those with taste for class and meaning. Favourite tracks are ‘Winter Solstice’, ‘Hector’, ‘Holland’, ‘Elephant Head’, ‘Blank Maps’ and ‘Steady’.
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