Last year Cold Specks (aka Al Spx) put out another phenomenal doom-soul record called Neuroplasticity. Spx’s voice is a scratchy, brilliant thing that fits right alongside soul legends, but if you’re wondering how the doom element factors into things, consider that she worked with Michael Gira of Swans on several of the tracks. Today she’s shared a new video for the album closer “A Season Of Doubt,” and given the current focus on police violence and discriminatory deaths, it seems like a fitting title for the present. In the stark, stunning video directed by Seth Pimlott, the outline of Spx’s face is juxtaposed over footage of violence, protestors, and chaos. Spx also wrote an extensive statement about how the video is a direct reflection on Ferguson and the deaths of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. Read that below and watch the video — it’s essential viewing.
We move like wolves in the bleak night
We dance like ghosts deprived of flight
The body will come to understand a season of doubt
I was in America when the Ferguson grand jury decision was announced. I was there again when it was announced the police officer who placed Eric Garner into a fatal chokehold would not be indicted. I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness. I just kept thinking of my baby brother. My brother is 12 years old. The same age as Tamir Rice, the child who was shot and killed as he carried his toy gun. It could’ve been him.
I shouldn’t have to remember the first time I was called a nigger as vividly as my first kiss. I shouldn’t have to experience and witness the burden of being black in 2015. It shouldn’t have to be this painful.
The video for ‘A Season of Doubt’ was made with these feelings in mind.