Cold Specks is Canadian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Al Spx and she calls her sound “doom soul.” My experience with Cold Specks’ debut, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, has been similar to my evolving, seasonally-affected relationship with Kate Bush’s 50 Words for Snow. Though I always loved Cold Specks’ raspy voice, I just couldn’t connect with the album’s somber moodiness when it arrived at the height of summer. But my reaction to the album has apparently changed with the season and now I find these gritty songs to be a breathtaking soundtrack to falling leaves.
I Predict a Graceful Expulsion is most definitely suited only for a particular mood, but the standout tracks – “The Mark,” “Heavy Hands,” “When The City Lights Dim,” “Holland” and “Lay Me Down” – are absolutely stunning. And I think this is an album many of you will love.