Cold Specks / I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Album: I Predict A Graceful Expulsion   Collection:General
Artist:Cold Specks   Added:Jun 2012
Label:Broken Hertz Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-10-05 Pull Date: 2012-12-07
Week Ending: Dec 9 Dec 2 Nov 25 Nov 18 Nov 4 Oct 28 Oct 21 Oct 14
Airplays: 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 10, 2013: The Sunset Life (2012 in Review)
Winter Solstice
4. Dec 07, 2012: Wait, what?!
Winter Solstice
2. Jan 04, 2013: New and Old
5. Dec 06, 2012: The Sunset Life
3. Dec 26, 2012: Meow After Midnight: Best of Fall 2012
When The City Lights Dim
6. Dec 06, 2012: A Family Affair
The Mark

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2012-09-27
From Swans to Spiritualized, this has been a fantastic year for music that appropriates and expands on gospel traditions, and Cold Specks offer another great release in this vein. The band aims for a quieter, lusher sound than the artists above, and frontwoman Al Spx’s achingly gorgeous vocals are authoritative but restrained. Wow. Favorites: 3, 4, 6, 7, 11. No FCCs detected.

1. (2:16)—Medium-slow guitar plucking. Subdued vocals. Strings and backing vocals in the chorus.
2. (2:29)—Slow. Starts sparely but builds and adds drums, washes of guitar, and strings over the song’s course.
3. *(4:05)—Mid-tempo. Starts with piano and vocals. Drums, strings and a choir emerge further on. Builds but never explodes. Chills the bones.
4. *(3:20)—Slow. Reverb-y guitar begins the song, and later a full band enters. Very catchy chorus.
5. (2:35)—Medium-fast. Lush, almost a fusion of shoegaze and soul.
6. *(3:50)—Mid-tempo. Gorgeous opening. Acoustic guitar dominates the first half. Drums and a choir break in, then recede.
7. *(4:14)—Medium-fast. Acoustic guitar with the occasional inclusion of a choir. In terms of power, Spx’s vocal delivery approaches Bob Dylan’s.
8. (3:48)—Mid-tempo. Piano-driven. Builds in the final third. A cappella ending.
9. (3:12)—Medium-fast. Full band enters a minute in.
10. (4:01)—Slow. Plucked guitar begins the song, and other instruments gradually enter until the song is very loud.
11. *(3:11)—Medium-slow. No full band, mostly just acoustic guitar and vocals. The restraint ends the album beautifully.

Track Listing
1. The Mark   6. Holland
2. Heavy Hands   7. Elephant Head
3. Winter Solstice   8. Send Your Youth
4. When The City Lights Dim   9. Blank Maps
5. Hector   10. Steady
  11. Lay Me Down