Every once in a while, a song will hit me like a ton of bricks. It will quite literally take my breath away. This feeling just happened. Luckily for me, it was the progression from one live KEXP recording, followed by a Jools Holland appearance - to this video for "Holland."
Cold Specks are a band I knew nothing about until 10 minutes ago. The band is led by the spectacular Al Spx. Although she is based in London, her origins lie in Canada. With every breath, Spx's soulful voice resonates straight into the listener. She lends the ability to make you feel the emotion of each song; to call her voice powerful would be an understatement. Her raw talent and unique delivery is reminiscent of legends in their own right, Brittany Howard, Lianne La Havas and Michael Kiwanuka. Listening to Al Spx's vocals accompanied by the gorgeous and solid sound of her band members (Pete Roberts, Thomas Greene, Tom Havelock, Chris Cundy, Sarah Jones, Jim Anderson, Rob Ellis, Marley Ellis, Terry Edwards, and Ben Christophers) make for a religious experience, one that makes you feel like you have been transported to a gospel church in the deep south.
The video for "Holland" tells a story through vivid comparisons of imagery. In the same vein of beautiful and classically artistic cinematography (very true to the UK style), comes the video for the haunting and dark song, "Hector."
Cold Specks are a band that I genuinely want to share with everyone; their sound is something that I feel has the power to touch all of you.
I just cried. Their website shows July tour dates with Jim James...