London via Canada “doom soul” act Cold Specks will release an album called Neuroplasticity on Mute this August. The first single is “Absisto,” a foreboding minor-key track laced with atmospheric sounds of rock and orchestral varieties and prone to cacophonous outbursts. In a Canadian forest, director Ian Pons Jewell filmed a video that depicts a harrowing encounter and what appears to be some sort of mystic ceremony presided over by Cold Specks leader Al Spx. It’s appropriately freaky for an artist whose new album also features Michael Gira, yet the song flickers with an emotive warmth that reminds you Cold Specks also opened for Joni Mitchell at her 70th birthday party. -- Stereogum
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