One of the most eagerly awaited new releases of the summer, Neuroplasticity is the second album from "doom-soul" songstress Cold Specks (aka Al Spx). Her 2012 debut, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, earned international acclaim and a Polaris shortlist nod, establishing Spx as a major new talent. That is reaffirmed now, while her sound takes a somewhat more energized and rockier shape here, as on "Bodies At Bay" and "A Quiet Chill". The change suits her, while that powerful and chills up the spine-inducing voice remains intact (check out album opener "A Broken Memory" as proof). Written and recorded in the U.K., Montreal and Toronto, the disc includes contributions from American art-rock legend Michael Gira (Swans).
After September European dates, an extensive North American tour begins at Halifax Pop Explosion on Oct. 25, with seven other Canadian cities visited later. Details on her website.