Cold Specks | Winter Solstice

March 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment


I feel as if the music of Al Spx and I go a ways back. I’ve been listening to her creations for a couple of years now, during her two musical incarnations — beginning as the seemingly biblical moniker Basket of Figs and currently as the James Joyce-borrowed phrase, Cold Specks. I first heard her music on the Canadian music blogs, Slowcoustic and Herohill. Once I heard her voice, I had to search out across the internet for more music. I eventually found her as part of the Yer Bird Aviary records camp of musicians. The record company provided a year of access to its music archives for $20, and it contained a Basket of Figs’ album “Dead Language” featuring six songs, and an alternate version of a track on the compilation, “Folk Music For the End of the World”. But it was certainly the song “Lay Me Down” that floored me the most. Eventually, I got a hold of her via e-mail and talked about music, among other things. I can’t remember ever searching out an artist like this before. But it was my very human motive to place a person with these ethereal songs. Who could possibly sing like this, and write these kind of lyrics? Her songs largely concerned dying. Her vocals were unmistakably her own. The music is soul-searching, organic, and feels culled from the earth itself, dusted with age and old as truth. The lyrics are poetry, a force of nature — grounded and elemental. Of course, we know more about her now. And it’s so good to see her music reaching more ears, spanning the blogosphere, television, and even Jools Holland’s show. Her sound is larger now, often with a full band, and more confident sounding. It’s layered, mysterious, and just as moving as when she sung as if by dim campfire light, off in a forest of dangerous possibilities and apparitions. Listen to a single, “Winter Soltice”, from off her upcoming release, “I Predict A Graceful Expulsion”, out May 21. You can also hear another recently released track, “Blank Maps”, up on soundcloud courtesy of Mute Records. — David D. Robbins Jr.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Entry filed under: Cold Specks. Tags: .

Dirty Projectors | Gun Has No Trigger Computer Magic | Orion

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE

TBB Twitter Links & Videos

Their Bated Breath Archive

Recent Bated Breath posts

Guilt-Free Listening Zone

This is a guilt-free listening zone. We've built relationships with bands, artists, labels and PR firms to give you the best in new music. All songs on this site are sent to Their Bated Breath directly from the artists, their PR firms, their record labels, or are available via stream. Thanks so much to all of them. It's important to me that nothing posted here take away anything from the artists. Enjoy. -- David.

2014: Good Listens …

  • • Leonard Cohen "Popular Problems"
  • ANY CHARACTER HERE
    ANY CHARACTER HERE
  • • Warpaint "Warpaint"
  • ANY CHARACTER HERE
  • • Cibo Matto "Hotel Valentine"
  • ANY CHARACTER HERE
  • • Sharon Van Etten "Are We There"
  • ANY CHARACTER HERE
    ANY CHARACTER HERE

    %d bloggers like this: