NEWS: Cold Specks Releases First Single From Upcoming Debut Album "I Predict A Graceful Expulsion"

New Arts & Crafts signing Cold Specks, returns from SXSW and prepares for CMW by debuting the bewitching first single “Winter Solstice” with The Globe and Mail ( Cold Specks performs March 22 at The Music Gallery as part of CMW and will join Great Lake Swimmers on a North American tour in May. “I Predict A Graceful Expulsion” comes out May 22 and full Canadian tour dates are below. 

Cold Specks is Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada.  Having made critical waves in the U.K., with  television performances on Later with Jools Holland and British media such as The Guardian, The Times, NME and more weighing in on her debut single “Holland”, Cold Specks has now been receiving some very well deserved attention here at home since it was released in Canada by Arts & Crafts late last year. Cold Specks performed three stunning sets opening St. Vincent’s Canadian dates in December as well as a television performance on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in January. Having just returned from wowing music lovers at SXSW a few days ago, she will take the stage of The Music Gallery in Toronto for CMW this week as she continues to prepare for the May 22nd release of her debut album “I Predict A Graceful Expulsion”. 

Cold Specks - Winter Solstice by Cold Specks
Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. It is no wonder then that Al cites the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. With a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chain gang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks. 

 Cold Specks in March

March 21 - Guelph, ON @ Co-operators Hall at River Run
March 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Music Gallery Canadian Music Festival

Cold Specks Canadian Tour Dates supporting Great Lake Swimmers

May 4 - Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
May 6 - Edmonton, AB @ McDougall United Church
May 7 - Calgary, AB @ Central United Church
May 11 - Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
May 12 - Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
June 2 - Toronto, ON @ The Music Hall (formerly Danforth Music Hall)


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