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I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Born Al Spx in Etobicoke, and currently residing in London, England; 23 year-old Cold Specks has a sensibility far beyond her years. Her music, described as “doom soul”, has the heart of a deep south gospel, the nostalgia of Amy Winehouse and a touch of Macy Gray’s “get that girl a cough drop!” throatiness.
Perhaps Cold Specks’ greatest talent is knowing her voice and how to properly complement it. The instrumentation used throughout I Predict a Graceful Expulsion serve only to support and showcase her vocals. Even when there are several instruments playing, the music swelling behind her, it seems minimal. The end result is a variety of roomy, and relaxed arrangements that range from peaceful and quiet to powerfully engaging.
Her debut album was released in late May, but she is already receiving critical acclaim in the UK, having performed on Later With Jules Holland and appearing in NME. Now she finds herself on the Polaris Prize Short List with a better than slim chance of actually winning. Not that it has anything to do with the end result, but a solo female has never won the top prize. Just sayin’.
The winner will be chosen at the Polaris Gala on September 24th in Toronto. Catch the live webcast on Muchmusic.com
Posted on September 15, 2012, in Album Reviews, Sound Bites and tagged Al Spx, Amy Winehouse, Cold Specks, Etobicoke, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, Jules Holland, Macy Gray, Polars Music Prize. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.