Cold Specks Announces New Album and Shares Title Track

Today, Ladan Hussein, known on stage as Cold Specks, announced her highly anticipated new album Fool’s Paradise, set to release on September 22 via Arts & Crafts.

The new single “Fool’s Paradise” shows Hussein singing in Somali for the first time, calling out to a semi-mythical Somali queen of female empowerment named Araweelo, who was rumored to castrate male prisoners. Like Cold Specks, Araweelo is a polarizing dream, always dangling between varying abstracts. Within the track is a Somali idiom, “kala garo naftaada iyo laftaada,” which translates in English to “understand the difference between your bones and your soul.”

“Fool’s Paradise” arrives on the heels of the recent single Wild Card. Quickly receiving accolades from The New York TimesIndie ShuffleConsequence of Sound and more, both tracks were produced and mixed by long-time collaborator Jim Anderson at Easy Life Studio in Toronto, with Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire performing bass.

Intimately exploring her identity as a Somali-Canadian woman, Fool’s Paradise is Hussein’s most personal work yet. The album encapsulates the naturalness of existing during difficult times. Hussein recently learned about her family’s former life in Somalia – including her father’s musical legacy. During her 2015 Neuroplasticity tour in Australia, Ladan discovered that her father helped form a famous band in the 1970s called Iftin. During the writing process, she dug deep into grainy VHS recordings found online of Iftin, and of many other Somali musicians, songs and videos that had survived war. “My parents never talked much about life in Mogadishu growing up,” Hussein explains, “the war split up my family, scattered them around the world, left many missing, and those that made it were forever changed.” Sailing her way to shore after grueling trial, error, and musical acclaim – Fool’s Paradise is the sound of finding home, identity, and self-love.


This fall, Cold Specks will set off an extensive World Tour with recently announced North American dates beginning on November 2 including throughout Canada. Full dates can be found below.

In 2015, Hussein followed her critically acclaimed debut LP, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, with the release of Neuroplasticity, both of which were nominated for the Polaris Music Prize with the former also earning a JUNO Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year. Between albums, when Cold Specks wasn’t writing or touring, Hussein was pinballing between asks from an enviable roll call of collaborators. She was asked to work on Moby’s album Innocents and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock. She contributed to Ambrose Akinmusire’s 2014 record for Blue Note and Swans’ 2014 album To Be Kind. These last two partnerships left a significant impression on Neuroplasticity resulting in the indomitable Swans founder Michael Gira and Akinmusire to both appear on the album. Most recently, she has worked with Massive Attack on the track “Dead Editors” featuring Roots Manuva from their 2016 Ritual SpiritEP.


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



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