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Cold Specks brings us cryptic, darkly poetic Absisto

Absisto by Cold Specks; streaming at

"The bitter morning light will strike you right down. Do you sorrow over me?" Cold Specks, the pseudonym of the ominous Canadian songstress Al Spx, has released a new single, in advance of a sophomore album (Neuroplasticity) soon to come.

With Absisto, we hear a more adventurous sonic palette than the austere tones of her debut disc, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion. Lyrics are cryptic and darkly poetic, set against a down-tempo, harrowing soundtrack of swamp-moon blues.

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With a sorceress's voice that recalls the seriousness of Odetta and Nina Simone, Cold Specks intones about emptied ammunition and fools not suffered gladly. She frightens and beckons at once – a scary young package of contradictions. Brad Wheeler

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