Cold Specks

Cold SpecksCold Specks a.k.a. Al Spx is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in London, who has released her first album ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’ in June. I guess this stage name is just a more pronounceable variant of the real one. But she says, its real purpose is “to put some distance between herself and the album’s sparsely arranged, evocative and ‘brutally honest’ songs.” (

Listening to these songs, it’s no big wonder that she feels she needs some distance. For me, they are about the endless frustration over death. Love and faith offer no comfort. Well, that’s not a standpoint you can remain in for long without losing your sanity. Maybe someone, who has no will to live, could. (Or someone called Schopenhauer.) But everybody else should escape from it.

On the other hand, it’s all a bit like vampire stories. Those are also about blood, pain and death, but still, very few qualify as tragedies. We read or watch them for the chills, and maybe that’s how we should listen to Al’s music, too. After all, this is just a way to show respect towards something really powerful.

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(via Slowcoustic)

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