Canadian indie soul hurler Al Spx, better known as Cold Specks, is set to return after a two year layoff between albums with the upcoming Neuroplasticity LP.

The newest cut from the album, 'Bodies At Bay', showcases Spx's delicate affinities. Her voice swells, pacing the minimalist instrumentation between subdued soul and rousing indie rock. Much like the rest of Neuroplasticity, the track's framework was written during the winter of 2012.

"The record was mapped out in the cottage. I was there for about three months," Spx says. "'A Formal Invitation', 'Old Knives' and 'Absisto' were essentially written there. They are the more unusual songs on the record. I may have been reflecting on my surroundings. Have you ever been to Glastonbury? It's a pretty fucked up place."

Between touring for her 2012 album I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, Spx has earned her fair share of credibility in higher-echelon music circles. As well as being shortlisted for the Juno Award and Polaris Prize, Spx worked alongside Moby, was invited to perform at Joni Mitchell's 70th birthday, and even contributed on the sprawling To Be Kind from Swans.

Listen to 'Bodies At Bay' below and pre-order Neuroplasticity today on iTunes before its August 25th release (via Mute).

Spx will set out on a short UK tour after the album's release, starting at Dorset's End Of The Road Festival. Dates are listed below.

  • 29 - 31 Aug - Dorset - End of the Road Festival
  • 25 Sep - Portsmouth - Wedgewood Room
  • 28 Sep - Bristol - Colston Hall 2 The Lantern
  • 29 Sep - Brighton - Green Door Store
  • 30 Sep - London - Village Underground
  • 1 Oct - Manchester - Band on the Wall