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Neuroplasticity by Cold Specks
Released: Aug 2014
Label: Mute
Al Spx's sophomore effort under the Cold Specks moniker finds the Canadian-born musician pushing deeper into the art-rock zone. At its core, the music is still introspective singer-songwriter fare, though it now comes shrouded in static-stained horns, hollowed-out guitars, multi-layered vocals, plus flecks of electricity and distortion. Swans dude Michael Gira makes appearances on "Exit Plan" and closer "A Season of Doubt." This should come as little surprise, as both he and Spx share a love for gothic bombast and dour atmospherics.
Justin Farrar