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Cold Specks unveils new song taken from her upcoming new album

September 16, 2017

COLD SPECKS
HEAR NEW TRACK ‘VOID’
NEW ALBUM ‘FOOL’S PARADISE’ OUT 22nd SEPTEMBER ON ARTS & CRAFTS

FOOL’S PARADISE WORLD TOUR 2017
“Positively spellbinding and downright possessed” NME
“Haunting and healing in equal measures” The Guardian
“Simply beautiful” Sunday Times
“Strange, compelling and timeless” The Observer
“Haunting doom-laden soul” Vogue
Ladan Hussein, known on stage as Cold Specks, will release her highly anticipated new album Fool’s Paradise on 22nd September  via Arts & Crafts. Intimately exploring her identity as a Somali-Canadian woman, Fool’s Paradise is Hussein’s most personal work yet.
Recent singles “Fool’s Paradise” “New Moon” “Wild Card” quickly received accolades from The New York Times, Indie Shuffle, Consequence of Sound, SPIN,Stereogum, W MagazineFADER and more. Consequence of Sound “Origins” feature ran today and includes the premiere of new album track, “Void”. Drenched with water imagery and bashful resilience about Somalia’s coastline, the track seamlessly blends Cold Specks’ smooth soulful vocals with shimmering industrial beats.
LISTEN TO ‘VOID’ ON YOUTUBE

Produced and mixed by long-time collaborator Jim Anderson at Easy Life Studio in Toronto, the album encapsulates the naturalness of existing during difficult times. Hussein recently learned about her family’s former life in Somalia – including her father’s musical legacy. During her 2015 Neuroplasticity tour in Australia, Ladan discovered that her father helped form a famous band in the 1970s called Iftin. During the writing process, she dug deep into grainy VHS recordings found online of Iftin, and of many other Somali musicians, songs and videos that had survived war. “My parents never talked much about life in Mogadishu growing up” Hussein explains, “the war split up my family, scattered them around the world, left many missing, and those that made it were forever changed.” Saling her way to shore after grueling trial, error, and musical acclaim – Fool’s Paradise is the sound of finding home, identity, and self-love.
Cold Specks is set to launch the FOOL’S PARADISE WORLD TOUR 2017 in the UK at the end of September:
30 September 17 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (TICKETS)
01 October 17 – Lending Room – Leeds, UK (TICKETS)
02 October 17 – King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK (TICKETS)
03 October 17 – Night & Day – Manchester, UK (TICKETS)
04 October 17 – Cube – Bristol, UK (TICKETS)
05 October 17 – Omeara – London, UK (TICKETS)
WATCH COLD SPECKS PERFORMING ‘WILD CARD’ IN THE STUDIO HERE
In 2015, Hussein followed her critically acclaimed debut LP, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, with the release of Neuroplasticity, both of which were nominated for the Polaris Music Prize with the former also earning a JUNO Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.
Between albums, when Cold Specks wasn’t writing or touring, Hussein was pinballing between asks from an enviable roll call of collaborators. She was asked to work on Moby’s album Innocents and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock. She contributed toAmbrose Akinmusire’s 2014 record for Blue Note and Swans’ 2014 album To Be Kind. These last two partnerships left a significant impression on Neuroplasticityresulting in the indomitable Swans founder Michael Gira and Akinmusire both appear on the album. Most recently, she has worked with Massive Attack on the track ‘Dead Editors’ featuring Roots Manuva from their 2016 ‘Ritual Spirit’ EP.
www.coldspecks.com

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