SESSION: Cold Specks

Cold Specks (Photo by Alexander Brandel)

“Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness.” These lines from James Joyce’s Ulysses would later inspire the stage name of Somali-Canadian singer-songwriter Ladan Hussein. Somehow you can hear her sound in these words; layered and complex, full of soul and beauty.

On a mild January morning, after playing a sold out show at Vega the night before, Cold Specks arrived at the Black Tornado to perform some songs from her second album, Neuroplasticity. Here is the atmospheric ‘Absisto’ and the soulful ‘Let Loose The Dogs’.

The session was recorded at the Black Tornado Studios. This is also where the portrait of Cold Specks by Alexander Brandel was taken.