Canadian artist Al Spx, who answers to her pseudonym Cold Specks
, recently found herself nominated for the Poloris Prize in her native Canada. It's an obvious honor and listening to the soulful doom and gloom of the music she dabbles in, you can hear why. Not unlike fellow Canadian crooner Timber Timbre, Spx's is the stuff that's born of the shadowsno surprise then that she snatched her namesake from James Joyce's Ulysses
("Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness").
Cold Specks is the stage name of Al Spx, the pseudonym of a Canadian singer-songwriter based in London. Her musical style has been described as doom soul and shows the influence of American deep south gospel with a strong goth streak. She signed with Mute Records at the beginning of 2012. 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.
Cold Specks 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 tracks with producer Rob Ellis. She released her debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, on May 21, 2012, on Mute Records.