Cold Specks

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Cold Specks
Genres Soul
Singer-Songwriter
Goth rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Acoustic guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Mute/EMI Records (world except Canada)
Arts & Crafts/EMI Records (Canada)
Associated acts PJ Harvey
Tom Waits
Richie Havens
Moby
Swans

Cold Specks is a band led by Al Spx, the pseudonym of a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Montreal, Canada.[1] Her musical style has been described as doom soul and shows the influence of American deep south gospel with a strong goth streak.[2] She signed with Mute Records at the beginning of 2012.

Cold Specks appeared on Series 39, Episode 7, of Later with Jools Holland.[3] Her debut single "Holland" was released on October 17, 2011,[4] and she worked on tracks with producer Jim Anderson. She released her debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, on May 21, 2012, on Mute Records and Arts & Crafts in Canada.

Cold Specks appears on two tracks of Moby's 2013 album Innocents, including the lead single, “A Case for Shame,” which was released on 1 July 2013.[5] She also appears on the track “Bring the Sun” of Swans’ 2014 album To Be Kind.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2011: "Holland"
  • 2012: "Winter Solstice"
  • 2012: "Blank Maps"
  • 2014: "Absisto"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 2012 Polaris Music Prize Polaris Music Prize I Predict a Graceful Expulsion Nominated
2013 SiriusXM Indies Awards[7] Artist of the Year Cold Specks Nominated
Female Artist of the Year Won
Songwriter of the Year Nominated
Soul/R&B Artist or Group of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Wilkinson, Matt. "Radar Tip Of The Day 35: Cold Specks". NME. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Richardson Andrews, Charlotte (3 November 2011). "First sight: Cold Specks". London: Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Later with Jools Holland". Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cold Specks - Holland". paradYse records. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.moby.com/innocents
  6. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html
  7. ^ 2013 SIRIUSXM INDIE AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!

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