Cold Specks

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Cold Specks review – dark soul that's as frustrating as it is beguiling

Canadian Al Spx's second album was a big step forward from her 'doom soul' debut, but her live show still seems to be in transition, writes Betty Clarke

Betty Clarke

01, Sep, 2014 @11:55 AM

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Five albums to try this week: Basement Jaxx, Ty Segall and more
From Opeth’s expressive metal to Rustie’s hyperactive electronica, here are five new releases to consider this week

Tshepo Mokoena

25, Aug, 2014 @10:26 AM

Neuroplasticity review – more mood music from Cold Specks
Al Spx upgrades the goth-soul sound but still hasn't really got around to writing a song, notes Kitty Empire

Kitty Empire

23, Aug, 2014 @11:05 PM

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Cold Specks: Neuroplasticity review – a forward-thinking yet nightmarish noise
Cold Specks's Al Spx could do with finding some melodies as memorable as the music that's behind them, writes Tim Jonze

Tim Jonze

21, Aug, 2014 @9:35 PM

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Polaris music prize 2012: Drake and Grimes among nominees
Canada's equivalent of the Mercury prize also includes Feist, Cold Specks and Japandroids among others

Sean Michaels

18, Jul, 2012 @10:32 AM

Cold Specks: Blank Maps live session - video

Canadian musician Al Spx, of the band Cold Specks, visits the Guardian studio to share a live solo version of her single Blank Maps

Ben Kape, Andy Gallagher and Ken Macfarlane

21, Jun, 2012 @12:35 PM

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Cold Specks: I Predict a Graceful Expulsion – review
Al Spx has excited fans with her intriguing strangeness, but some edge is lost in her debut album's elegant production, writes Kitty Empire

Kitty Empire

19, May, 2012 @11:03 PM

Cold Specks: I Predict a Graceful Expulsion – review
Cold Specks' funereal blues doesn't quite reach the transendence it strives for, writes Rebecca Nicholson

Rebecca Nicholson

17, May, 2012 @8:15 PM

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Cold Specks – I Predict a Graceful Expulsion: exclusive album stream

Be among the first to hear Cold Specks's debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, and tell us what you think in the comments

Caspar Llewellyn Smith

14, May, 2012 @9:24 AM

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Willis Earl Beal & Cold Specks: the new new old things

Alan Lomax would be proud, but the authentic, bluesy, harsh sounds of two new young songwriters are also providing modern twists on old classics

Paul Lester

30, Mar, 2012 @11:05 PM

Al Spx of Cold Specks talks to Rebecca Nicholson – video

Canadian 'doom soul' artist Al Spx of the band Cold Specks talks to Guardian critic Rebecca Nicholson

Rebecca Nicholson, Shehani Fernando and Andy Gallagher

05, Jan, 2012 @9:00 AM

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Music: our pick of 2012's new talent

A London indie band, a Harlem tenor and a Canadian blues singer are our picks for the year ahead

Kitty Empire, Killian Fox and Rebecca Nicholson

01, Jan, 2012 @12:05 AM

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