Cold Specks is Canadian singer-songwriter Al Spx, 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's music is steeped in the musical traditions of the deep south: Spx cites the Lomax field recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. But "it's not like I sat down and said, 'I'm going to write a blues song,'" she said recently. "It just sort of happened that way."
Cold Specks is the stage name of Al Spx, born as a singer-songwriter now based in London. She appeared on Series 39, Episode 7 of Later with Jools Holland. Her debut single "Holland" was released on October 17, 2011, and she worked on an album with producer Rob Ellis. Members of her band include Pete Roberts, Thomas Greene, Tom Havelock, Chris Cundy, Sarah Jones, Jim Anderson, Rob Ellis, Marley Ellis, Terry Edwards, and Ben Christophers. Her musical style has been described as doom soul and shows the influence of American deep south gospel with a strong goth streak. In 2012, she signed with Mute Records and released her debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, on May 21, 2012. Arts & Crafts will release it on May 22 in North America.
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