Q+A: Cold Specks

With a new record, Fool’s Paradise, Laden Hussein aka Cold Specks was in Ottawa on Dec. 2. The soulful singer chatted with The Charlatan about the album, her heritage, and her current music recommendations. TC: What were some of the influences behind Fool’s Paradise? CS: Fool’s Paradise is a collection of songs where some of them are dystopian reflections, some of them are broken love songs inspired by love and loss of time. They all sort of come together, there’s 10 songs. TC: What do you mean by dystopian reflections? CS: For me, I called it [Fool’s Paradise] because it’s a reflection of the times through my perspective. I feel like we’re living in a crumbling world and I felt […]

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Festival Blog: Day three brings the audience to their knees

It was a hot day that welcomed two international visitors and marked their first time in Canada’s capital city, but it didn’t dampen their lively spirits, nor did it stop them from cracking dirty jokes. Etobicoke-born Al Spx, who performs under the name Cold Specks, brought her self-proclaimed Doom Soul to the Claridge Stage mid-afternoon on the sunny, humid Saturday. Her low, rumbling voice recalled Tom Waits, one of her own influences, but added a refreshing twist of haphazardly thrown high notes. Her backing band swayed in unison, and so did the audience. Early on in the set, those who watched the small but mighty Spx began yelling compliments at the songstress. But when one audience member began demanding that […]

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