Cold Specks is having an explosive year and penetrating their unforgettable sound into many a ear. Additionally they made it on the Short List for the Polaris Prize this year and are likely to see great success with their soon-to-come album in both of their residence-Toronto and England and everywhere in between.
That said, it is clear Cold Specks, signed by Arts & Crafts and led my front woman voice machine Al Spx, have a gift.
This was my second chance seeing Cold Specks this summer, the previous show was at the Danforth Music Hall in which Al performed solo and opened for the Great Lake Swimmers.
This concert was opened by the breathtaking Snowblink and took place at the beautiful Great Hall fitting an intimate crowd suitable for their style of music. Al was accompanied by her band who accommodate her voice brilliantly. Al has one of the most haunting, powerful and extreme voices of our time and uses it as her canvas for honesty and expression of difficulty. She has expressed her complicated relationship with the church and the devil throughout a variety of interviews and passages in her songs all written by lady Spx herself. The music isn’t comfortable, it is dripping with pain but eludes to closure from that experience. That stated their album-I predict a graceful expulsion is appropriately titled and immaculately designed. It also seemed appropriate that their set list was the order of the album with a charming detour of the French Prince of Bel-Air theme song cover, and two songs from the album in the works which was a delight.
The band invites you on an experience, which is captivating, menacing, and creatively gospel which I find extremely refreshing. Al is 23 years old and has the eyes of a woman who has seen centuries, her voice is a vehicle that is driven by demons and angels that pour out of her while she sings like a wailing goddess.