Lists are arbitrary and burdensome, but why not join the fun everyone else is having? We gathered our lists, separate lists for all of us, then combined them into one that had 50 albums. What you get here are the four writers/contributors of ATH, giving you their meaningless opinions on what we thought was the jam in 2017. It’s alphabetical, and we put the initials next to it so you could track down your enemy!
Spiral Stairs fanboy here, but I don’t think that really applies to this new song from Scott Kannberg, as this track doesn’t really seem to fall into his immediate canon (Pavement, PSoI). That being said, there’s something progressive here, moving into a more traditional songwriting mode; it’s almost as if he’s opted to channel Bowie here and just bring out this darkly brilliant bit of pop (as if we ever doubted him). It’s a touch bit different than what I expected (though there were hints on some of his Matador work), but I think his writing abilities still shine through, building anticipation for Doris and the Daggers, released by Dominoon March 24th.
Spiral Stairs is Scott, one of the founding fathers of Pavement, so you can already label us stoked on the news of his solo release this October on Matador Records. The album is titled The Real Feel, and it features various artists making guest appearances, including Austin’s own Ian Moore. Some guy named Kevin Drew is on there as well. Sit back and enjoy the brightness of this new tune by Spiral Stairs.