Cold Specks seemed to come out of nowhere. Cutting a mysterious figure as her first darkly soulful tracks began capturing listeners’ attention, Cold Specks was soon revealed as the recording moniker of Al Spx, a Canadian-born singer-songwriter now living in London, England.

Her self proclaimed “doom soul” soon began to make waves in the U.K., with her first single “Holland” earning high praise from press such as The Guardian, The Times and NME. A debut 7” record was released to critical acclaim last December on Arts & Crafts, and in 2012 she was signed to U.K. label Mute Records.

“In the early stages, I was uncomfortable with having my name associated with the songs,” says Spx. “I made a decision to remove myself from the music. I think that separation and mystery allows a writer to be as devastatingly honest as he or she wants to be.”

Her debut full-length, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, released early in 2012, was short-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize.