July 09, 2012

Cold Specks - I Predict A Graceful Expulsion


Cold Specks is just the stage name of London-based singer/songwriter Al Spx, but those two words somehow describe her music perfectly. Her debut album, the therapeutic I Predict A Graceful Expulsion is already one of my favorite albums of the year. Her soothing voice isn't typical; it has a raspy and old quality that give Spx's voice a resounding sense of wisdom and grace. Her songwriting takes influence from gospel, yet it has been described as doom-soul, thanks to a very dark lyrical message. The entire album is so calming and definitely worth listening to over and over. This is a very "wash over you" kind of record. The kind of album that sets a mood so strongly that is literally takes you over as you listen.

Cold Specks-"Holland"
Cold Specks-"Blank Maps"

13 July 2012 - Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
July 27 - 28 - Calgary Folk Fest, Calgary, Canada
29 July 2012 - Hillside Festival, Guelph, Canada
1 August 2012 - Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY w/ Doe Paoro, ARMS
3 - 5 August 2012- Sappy Fest, Sackville, NB
7 August 2012 - Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC
8 August 2012 - The Great Hall, Toronto ON
10 - 12 August 2012 - Regina, SK - Regina Folk Fest
16 August 2012 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
17 - 19 August 2012 - Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Arm Roots and Blues
28 August 2012 - Feerien, Brussels, Belgium
31 August 2012 - Electric Picnic, Dublin, UK
02 September 2012 – End Of The Road Festival, UK
22 Sept 2012 – Reeperbahnfestival, Hamburg, Germany
23 Sept 2012 – Kantine Berghain, Berlin, Germany
24 Sept 2012 – Studio 672, Cologne, Germany
28 Sept 2012 – Spazio 211, Turin, Italy
30 Sept 2012 – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
01 Oct 2012 – Rotown, Rotterdam, Holland
02 Oct 2012 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland
04 Oct 2012 – Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark
05 Oct 2012 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
07 Oct 2012 – Les Heures in – D Festival, Liege, Belgium
08 Oct 2012 – Divan Du Monde, Paris, France
10 Oct 2012 – Union Chapel, London

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