UNCUT 8/10 “… bears comparison with Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, combined with the tribal kick of ‘80s Kate Bush”
Cold Specks has unveiled the video to new single ‘Bodies At Bay’, out through Mute on 15September 2014. Directed by Canadian director, Josh Reichmann, Cold Specks, aka Al Spx, appears as sorcerous figure amid a circle of magical items. The video, which constantly shifts between black-and-white and vibrant colour, can be viewed here:
‘Bodies At Bay’ is taken from forthcoming album ‘Neuroplasticity’, out on 25August 2014. In the run up to its release, Cold Specks is previewing the album through a series of international premieres. Various online partners from across the globe will exclusively stream a different track each day from Tuesday 12 August, go to https://www.facebook.com/ColdSpecks for updates and to hear the first exclusive, online today. The album will then be streamed in its entirety on coldspecks.com on Friday 22 August.
Cold Specks, who will perform at Village Underground on 30 September, have confirmed an in-store appearance at Rough Trade East on Friday 29 August. As previously announced, the band will also perform at End of the Road Festival a few days later.
COLD SPECKS LIVE DATES
29 Aug London Rough Trade East in-store
29– 31 Aug Dorset End of the Road Festival
25 Sept Portsmouth Wedgewood Room
28 Sept Bristol Colston Hall 2 The Lantern
29 Sept Brighton Green Door Store
30 Sept London Village Underground
1 Oct Manchester Band on the Wall
Cold Specks have returned, two years and a world map of tours after 2012’s I Predict a Graceful Expulsion. Hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, the follow-up is radically expanded. The 26 year-old Canadian singer, under the sobriquet Al Spx, began work on Neuroplasticity while holed-up in a cottage in Wick, Somerset during the winter of 2012. “The record was mapped out in the cottage. I was there for about three months,” she says, “’A Formal Invitation’, ‘Old Knives’ and ‘Absisto’ were essentially written there. They are the more unusual songs on the record. I may have been reflecting on my surroundings. Have you ever been to Glastonbury? It’s a pretty fucked up place.”
When Cold Specks wasn’t writing or touring, she was pinballing between asks from an enviable roll call of collaborators and award panels. Shortlisted for the Juno Award and Polaris Prize, Spx also worked on Moby’s album and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday last year, alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock. She contributed to Ambrose Akinmusire’s new record for Blue Note and the latest Swans album ‘To Be Kind’. These last two partnerships have left a significant impression on ‘Neuroplasticity’. The indomitable Swans founder Michael Gira appears midway through on ‘Exit Plan,’ and Akinmusire joins him on the holocaust of a closer ‘A Season of Doubt’ as well as permeating most of the record with trumpet lines of an anguished, cracking frailty.
Watch the video for ‘Absisto’:
Listen to the first exclusive here: http://www.thefourohfive.com/news/article/stream-cold-specks-new-track-a-broken-memory-from-upcoming-lp-neuroplasticity-405-premiere-140
and visit http://coldspecks.com/ to listen as the album unfolds
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