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Cold Specks - Words and Music - 2012

by Rita Houston

Al Spx is a Canadian singer-songwriter of East African descent, who heard echoes of ancestors in the Deep South recordings of Alan Lomax. As Cold Specks, she has since developed a sound that channels the gospel greatness of Mahalia Jackson with the off-kilter blues of her idol Tom Waits. Calling her sound "doom soul," she pairs chain gang rhythms with a gothic indie-folk that'll mesmerize you.

[recorded: 05/30/12]