If you’re inclined to believe Moby, then “doom-soul” musician Al Spx, aka Cold Specks, has had a lifelong obsession with Nick Cave. It makes sense: Not only have critics continually compared the two in both reviews and interviews, but they share a common sense of darkness and brooding, a kind of lingua franca for the the stark and visceral. Now, Spx herself acknowledges the connection and influence as she covers Cave’s 2013 single, “We No Who U R”.
Spx’s approach to the Push The Sky Away standout is one that retains the original’s structure while adding in some intriguing flourishes. The instruments still rattle with that same dusty, noirish hum, but the keyboards now have a slight sheen of gospel-meets-Caribbean peppiness. That little tweak helps push the track from decidedly eerie to thoughtful and spiritual, a fitting backdrop for Spx, as she methodically transforms lines formerly ominous lines like “There is no need to forgive” into hopeful affirmations.
Listen in below.
Cold Speck’s cover of “We No Who U R” serves as the B-side to her new single, “Bodies At Bay”, due out September 16th via Mute Records. “Bodies At Bay” is one of 10 tracks on Spx’s recently released sophomore, Neuroplasticity.
In support of the album, Spx will be on tour in North Amercia from early November through mid-December. Consult her full schedule here.