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Cold Specks singer has changed her name from Al Spx to Ladan Hussein. Such evolution also extends into her musical moniker, as heard on her latest single, “Wild Card”.
Much like “A Season of Doubt” from her 2014 album, Neuroplasticity, “Wild Card” draws inspiration from sociopolitical issues. In this case, the warm, soulful track was prompted by the selflessness of her mother when assisting a Somalian refugee. Despite the heavy topic, there’s a hope and lightness to the song which wasn’t present on her last record.
“I had visited my mother and noticed her frantically phoning people up,” Hussein said in a press release. “There was a man in my family’s store, a new refugee, who had traveled from Somalia to Canada. By water and by foot he had traveled halfway around the world to establish a better life for himself and his family who were still at home. My mother had never met him before. He was a complete stranger from a familiar place. She took him to a local restaurant, fed him and found him somewhere to stay. I was astonished by her selflessness and kept humming ‘I’ll be there for you. Don’t know why.'”
Take a listen to “Wild Card” below.
After playing a handful of Canadian dates this summer, Cold Specks is touring across Europe this fall. Check out the full schedule below.
Cold Specks 2017 Tour Dates:
06/23 – Toronto, ON @ NXNE Festival
07/13-15 – Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver Folk Music Festival
07/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
09/30 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
10/01 – Leeds, UK @ Lending Room
10/02 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s
10/03 – Manchester, UK @ Night & Day
10/04 – Bristol, UK @ Cube
10/05 – London, UK @ Omeara
10/06 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
10/07 – Brussels, BE @ Witloof Bar
10/09 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
10/10 – Cologne, DE @ Yuca
10/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher
10/12 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas
10/13 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
10/14 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
10/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik
10/16 – Munich, DE @ Milla
10/18 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
10/19 – Zurich, CH @ Theatre Gessneralle
10/20 – Geneva, CH @ La Graviere
10/21 – Rome, IT @ Quirinetta