• Lee Ranaldo

  • Goldfrapp

  • Nicolas Bougaïeff

  • Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon

  • Plastikman

  • Zola Jesus

  • New Order

  • Arca

  • Looper

  • Du Blonde

  • On Dead Waves

  • Lost Under Heaven

  • Lift To Experience

  • A Certain Ratio

  • Richard H. Kirk & Sandoz

  • ADULT.

  • Liars

  • Swans

  • Ben Frost

  • Cold Specks

  • Grinderman 2 RMX —
    Grinderman 2 RMX

  • Liars —
    WIXIW

  • Yeasayer —
    Fragrant World

  • Lost Under Heaven —
    Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing

  • Lift To Experience —
    Falling From Cloud 9 EP

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Three Mantras

  • Beth Jeans Houghton —
    Sweet Tooth Bird

  • VCMG —
    Aftermaths EP3

  • On Dead Waves —
    On Dead Waves

  • Erasure —
    World Be Gone

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Red Mecca

  • Beth Jeans Houghton —
    Yours Truly Cellophane Nose

  • Crime & The City Solution —
    An Introduction To... A History of Crime

  • Swans —
    The Glowing Man

  • Erasure —
    Love You To The Sky EP

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Voice Of America

  • VCMG —
    EP2/Single Blip

  • Land Observations —
    Roman Roads IV – XI

  • Mick Harvey —
    Delirium Tremens

  • Can —
    The Singles

  • Liars —
    Staring At Zero

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Moroccan Mountains

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Thrown Over The Wall

  • Liars —
    Cred Woes

  • Ben Frost —
    Threshold Of Faith

  • ADULT. —
    Uncomfortable Positions (feat. Lun*na Menoh)

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    New Thing

  • Erasure —
    World Be Gone

  • Erasure —
    Love You To The Sky

  • Can —
    Dizzy Dizzy (The Singles Pt. 2)

  • Can —
    She Brings The Rain (The Singles Pt. 1)

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Circular (Right As Rain)

  • ADULT. —
    We Are A Mirror (feat. Douglas J McCarthy)

  • Lift To Experience —
    Falling From Cloud 9

  • Goldfrapp —
    Systemagic

  • ADULT. —
    We Chase The Sound (feat. Shannon Funchess)

  • Looper —
    Farfisa Song

  • Goldfrapp —
    Anymore

  • Maps —
    Playlist: Vicissitude

  • Maps —
    Playlist: Turning The Mind & We Can Create

Cold Specks

Sign To Mute / Debut Album ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’ due 21st May

DEBUT ALBUM ‘I PREDICT A GRACEFUL EXPULSION’ out 21st MAY

SINGLE ‘BLANK MAPS’ out 14th MAY

Cold Specks will release their debut album ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’ through Mute on 21st May. A single entitled ‘Blank Maps’ will precede the album on 14th May.

A video to Cold Specks’ debut single ‘Holland’, which came out late last year, can be viewed here:

The band recently performed two songs on Later With Jools Holland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MD4ju12APw

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.”

 

What People are saying about Cold Specks

“Positively spellbinding and downright possessed” NME

“Simply beautiful” Sunday Times

“Mind your back Laura Marling” Time Out

“A voice that makes your knees quiver… haunting” The Fly

“Haunting and healing in equal measures” The Guardian

“Haunting doom-laden soul” Vogue

“Strange, compelling, old-fashioned and timeless” The Observer

 

 Catch Cold Specks Live

The band, who recently signed to Mute, head out on tour later this month.

February
Thurs 23rd Glasgow King Tut’s
Fri 24th Liverpool Leaf
Sat 25th Manchester Deaf Institute
Mon 27th  Oxford Jericho Tavern
Tues 28th London Bush Hall
Weds 29th  Bristol Louisiana

 




Cold Specks

Reveals a short film 'NEUROPLASTICITY' - in collaboration with award-winning director Alex Takacs. Worldwide tour continues.

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Releases new video for 'A Season of Doubt'

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Release new single Living Signs, backed with exclusive B-sides - out 13/14 April; World tour includes US dates with Sufjan Stevens.

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Listen to 'We Are Many (Revisited)'. Catch the band on tour in Europe in Jan/Feb 15.

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Releases new single 'Bodies At Bay' on 15/16 Sept. Listen the B-side 'We No Who U R' - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover.

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Neuroplasticity Out Today, US Tour Dates Announced

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Unveils new video for 'Bodies At Bay' + Announces a series of international track premieres before 'Neuroplasticity' release (25 Aug).

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Listen to new single 'Bodies At Bay' out 1 September

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Unveil new video for 'Absisto' - taken from forthcoming album 'Neuroplasticity', out 25/26 August.

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Announce new album 'Neuroplasticity' - out 25/26 August + Listen to new song 'Absisto'.

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- Adds New York Show & Newport Folk Festival

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NEW VIDEO: 'When The City Lights Dim' & Live Dates

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Queen Elizabeth Hall Show & New Single

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Winter Solstice Celebrations and Christmas Cover.

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New Video: Hector

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Shortlisted for Polaris Prize

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New Single 'Hector' and Union Chapel Show Announced

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Debut Album 'I Predict A Graceful Expulsion' Out Now

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Blank Maps