Polaris Prize 2012 Q&A: Cold Specks
Cold Speck's debut album I Predict a Graceful Expulsion is one of 10 albums shortlisted for the Polaris Prize which will be awarded at the annual Gala tonight. The work of Al Spx, a 23 year old Etobicoke native who has gone from virtual obscurity to critical darling seemingly overnight, Cold Specks rate of success isn't lost on her. Her raspy, dark soulful blues has audiences in awe and critics beaming. She was kind enough to share with us her thoughts on the nomination, OSAP woes and to offer at least one tip for audience members (hint: don't use flash people!)
How do you think I Predict a Graceful Expulsion stands out from the other records?
I don't really know. They're all great records. I'm just excited to be included.
What went through your mind when you heard it was shortlisted?
It's an absolute honour. It's my very first album. I couldn't be happier with the way it's all going.
Can you describe the process of making the record?
There were songs that were written years ago. I'd passed them along to a friend of mine who then passed them on to his brother. The brother had access to a studio in Wales. I flew out. Together, we assembled a group of wonderful musicians. We spent 12 days at Monnow Valley and recorded the damn thing.
Recommend one song for someone who hasn't heard the record — what would it be and why?
I like 'em all! Maybe "Holland." It was our first single.
What would you do with the $30 000?
Go to Fiji, buy some new toys or get OSAP off my back.
Other than your own, what album from the shortlist do you like most?
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
Favourite Toronto band right now? Tasseomancy
Last thing you cooked? A spicy prawn pasta-y thing
Biggest pet peeve? Don't have any...
Last record you bought? Richard Hawley — Standing at the Sky's Edge
What distracts you while on stage? People who think it's a good idea to leave the flash on their cameras.
Photo by Autumn de Wilde