Cold Specks, “We No Who U R” (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Cover)

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.11.14 in Listen to This

“Predictably unpredictable.” Al Spx, as the singer/songwriter behind “doom-folk” outfit Cold Specks calls herself, told our editor J. Edward Keyes last year that’s the phrase a band member uses to describe her. It’s worth keeping in mind for the Canadian artist’s severe, faithfully grave cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds‘ textspeak-titled “We No Who U R,” originally from last year’s Push the Sky Away. Given the gothic gloom of Spx’s work, it only makes sense she’d be drawn to the erstwhile Grinderman leader — recent Spx collaborator Moby told Rolling Stone she “grew up obsessed” with Cave. Her colorfully expressive voice, amid foreboding organ stabs and guitar trills, recasts the song as her own: As unpredictable as a creepy Cave cover might be in some contexts, here it’s comfortable. All of which Spx’s bandmate probably could’ve predicted.

“We No Who U R” is the B-side to new single “Bodies at Bay,” out September 16 on Mute. The A-side appears on this year’s Neuroplasticity.