New Audio: JOVM Mainstay Cold Specks Returns with a Chilly Industrial-like New Single

Over the course of the past handful of posts, I’ve found myself focusing on new material from a series of long-time JOVM mainstays — and if you’ve been frequenting this site for a while, you’d likely be intimately familiar with the renowned, Toronto, ON-born and- based singer/songwriter  Ladan Hussein, best known as Cold Specks. Now, as you may recall, after spending the better part of 2015 and 2016 touring to support Neuroplasticity, Hussein returned to Toronto, where she began working on her third full-length album, Fools Paradise, which is slated for a September 22, 2017 release through Arts & Crafts Records, and from the album’s early batch of singles — the slow burning and atmospheric  “Wild Card,” which was inspired by the refugee experience and an act of unusual and profound kindness towards a stranger, from a familiar yet far away place; the aching and vulnerable album title track, Fool’s Paradise;” and “New Moon,” a song that conveyed the struggle to find stability and oneself after life (and love) have thrown you for a complete and total loop.

Fool’s Paradise‘s fourth and latest single “Void” sonically pairs Ladan’s gorgeous and soulful vocals with shimmering yet chilly industrial beats and electronics — and while nostalgic, the song possesses a bittersweet tinge to it, influenced in some way by the fact that when Hussein grew up, she never heard much about her parents’ life in Mogadishu before fled the country; in fact, the vision of the country the song evokes seems both uncertain and mythical, all while being something (anything, really) to cling to and understand.  And although the song finds Ladan and her collaborators expanding upon the sound that first caught the attention of this site and the rest of the blogosphere, the new single may arguably be the album’s haunting, fever dream.

Ladan will be embarking on a rather extensive tour to build up buzz and to support the new album and it includes a December 7, 2017 stop at Baby’s All Right. Check out tour dates below.


Tour Dates

European Dates
9/30: Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny (TICKETS)
10/1: Leeds, UK @ Lending Room (TICKETS)
10/02: Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s (TICKETS)
10/03: Manchester, UK @ Night & Day (TICKETS)
10/04: Bristol, UK @ Cube (TICKETS)
10/05: London, UK @ Omeara (TICKETS)
10/06: Paris, FR @ Supersonic (FREE)
10/07: Brussels, BL @ Witloof Bar  (TICKETS)
10/09: Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet (TICKETS)
10/10: Cologne, DE @ Yuca (TICKETS)
10/11: Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher (TICKETS)
10/12: Aarhus, DK (TICKETS)
10/13: Copenhagen, DK @ Vega (TICKETS)
10/14: Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden (TICKETS)
10/15: Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik (TICKETS)
10/16: Munich, DE @ Milla (TICKETS)
10/18: Vienna, AT @ Arena (TICKETS)
10/19: Zurich, CH @ Theatre Gessneralle @ Stall 6 (TICKETS)
10/20: Geneva, CH @ La Graviere (TICKETS)
10/21: Rome, IT @ Quirinetta (TICKETS)

North American Dates
11/2: Somerville, MA @ ONCE Somerville (TICKETS)
11/3: Washington, DC @ Black Cat (TICKETS)
11/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (TICKETS)
11/5: Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (FREE)
11/6: Durham, NC @Motorco Music Hall (TICKETS)
11/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Purgatory (TICKETS)
11/8: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt (TICKETS)
11/9: St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House (TICKETS)
11/10: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge (TICKETS)
11/11: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge (TICKETS)
11/13: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar (TICKETS)
11/15: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (TICKETS)
11/16: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (TICKETS)
11/17: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (TICKETS)
11/18: Seattle, WA @ Barboza (TICKETS)
11/20: Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret (TICKETS)
11/22: Calgary, CA @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage (TICKETS)
11/23: Edmonton, CA @ The Needle Vinyl Tavern (TICKETS)
11/24: Regina, CA @ The Exchange (TICKETS)
11/25: Winnipeg, CA @ The Good Will Social Club (TICKETS)
11/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center (TICKETS)
11/28: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (TICKETS)
11/29: Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar (TICKETS)
11/30: Toronto, CA @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club (TICKETS)
12/1: Montreal, CA @ Phi Center (TICKETS)
12/2: Ottawa, CA @ The 27 Club (TICKETS)
12/6: Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Art Space (TICKETS)
12/7: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (TICKETS)