‘Hector’ the new most recent single from Canadian born singer, Cold Specks. The single comes from her absolutely stunning debut album, I Predict A Gracious Expulsion. It’s one of the more up beat tracks of the album that commences with a series of face paced symbol clicks which is then followed by a simple lo-fi riff on the electric guitar before Al Spx’s deep distinctive vocals are introduced which are then built up by a selection of chords and a heavier drum beat for a repetitive chorus of “Bring me down; I’ll keep it brief.”
This pattern is repeated a couple more times, followed by almost a full instrumental drop out for a few seconds before normal order is restored via the choral lyric riff. The track then somewhat prematurely terminates with the instruments slowly falling away during the thirty second outro and the song finishs with a single fading chord.
The only fault of this song would perhaps be its length, it feels like it should be much longer than it is and it should possess even more build ups and drop outs. A similar error can be found on album tracks such as ‘Heavy Hands.’ It’s a mere tease. As soon the song ends, I am forced to press repeat before revisiting the album. All in all, this is a good single choice for the next release as it is addictive, easy listening (therefore making it incredibly radio friendly) and will have listeners intrigued and wanting to hear more, thus turning to copies of the album to hear more of Cold Specks’ gorgeous voice, gentle guitar riffs and sinister vocal refrains.
Words: Katie Wilkinson
This was originally written for The Girls Are.