Cinematic new video directed by Jess Carfield in which our hero is a Hollywood musician/caterer who reaches a breaking point after serving drinks and hors d’oeuvres to a party of upper middle class hipsters. Great song, great video. The more I hear from this album, the more convinced I am that Todd Totale was not exaggerating when he described The Real Feel as “incredibly vital music that stands up to Pavement’s finer moments.”
The worry for me is that the Pavement reunion will all but overshadow the new Spiral Stairs album, The Real Feel. Hopefully, the opposite will be true; all of the salvo might very well rekindle an interest in this, Spiral Stairs’ first proper solo album, and give it some much-deserved attention.
Call it the divorce album, an event that can be both a traumatic experience as well as an intensely creative one. I’m sure Scott Kannberg’s had his share of long nights conceiving this effort, but he should take solace in knowing that it’s produced such a rewarding record of both lyrical intimacy and musical therapy.
Here’s some good stuff that Pitchfork has given up recently on their Forkcast:
• Erykah Badu and the Roots: “I Wanna Be Where You Are” (Michael Jackson cover)
• Spiral Stairs: “Maltese Terrier” from The Real Feel, out October 20 on Matador
• Circulatory System: “Overjoyed” from Signal Morning, out September 8 on Cloud Recordings
• Sally Shapiro: “Miracle (Bogdan Irkük Remix)” original version on My Guilty Pleasure
More after the jump…