Cold Specks is the recording alias of the anonymous Al Spx, a 24 year-old Canadian singer-songwriter who uses the pseudonyms knowing her family may not approve of her career choice. With seven children, Spx’s parents wanted their daughter to attend law school. But she instea put her focus into Cold Specks, a beautifully haunting project that sounds right at home in the natural world.
In the video for “Winter Solstice,” Spx deals with overcoming her past, struggling to decide if she should leave her childhood roots behind or embrace them as she looks towards the future. Reflecting along a serene riverside, Spx explores her past identity as her younger self destroys what appears to be a family heirloom. But after Spx realizes what she’s lost, the child brings the watch back somehow unscathed, proving those roots will always be important to her.
Cold Specks’ debut album, I Predict a Graceful Explusion, is out May 22nd on Mute.