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Internationally-acclaimed soulful songstress Cold Specks has never been short of creative ambition, and that has been reflected in the compelling videos created for her songs. She now ups the ante with a new short film, Neuroplasticity, one featuring music from her 2014 album of that name.
In a press release, she says that "We didn’t want to make another typical music video, so we set out to create something that would stand on its own as a piece of art.” That she has done, in collaboration with noted director Alex Takacs. The Canadian born Takacs goes under the moniker Young Replicant, and he has previously worked with Flying Lotus, The XX, Lorde, M83, and Bonobo.
Cold Specks explains that "I am a big fan of Flying Lotus and was taken aback by the video for ‘Coronus, The Terminator’, directed by Young Replicant. We got in touch with him and were lucky to find out he was already a fan of the project."
The film features “Living Signs”, “Old Knives” and “Let Loose The Dogs” from Neuroplasticity (read our review here). These haunting songs provide the perfect accompaniment to the beautifully shot but rather disturbing filmic depiction of the troubled neighbour of a teenage girl, missing from her small remote community.
Takacs notes that "I left half the script unfinished until after we had found our location and had done some of the casting. It was important for me to make sure the video had a very specific sense of place, a unique energy inspired by the setting as much as the music itself."
Cold Specks plays the TURF Festival in Toronto on Sept. 18 prior to heading south for five shows in Australia, Sept. 23-29.