BioSpiral Stairs (Scott Kannberg) has been extremely busy since Pavement’s dissolution, running his own label (Amazing Grease), as well as putting out two albums with Preston School Of Industry. The first one, All This Sounds Gas, was everything fans hoped for – an immensely tuneful, memorable album that Mojo called "an album of joyful, desperate and messy songs, as honest and delicious as any on Pavement's 1992 classic, Slanted And Enchanted."
Monsoon continues in the vein of many of Spiral’s classic songs, setting a confident, effortless beat to a literate and mischievous rock sound as informed by Echo and the Bunnymen, the Clean, and the Fall as by Neil Young, Lou Reed, and John Prine. But while All This Sounds Gas was largely an assortment of songs he’d had laying around over time, these songs were written specifically for Monsoon, with no baggage or ghosts, and with all the looseness and confidence that suggests.
All hail Spiral Stairs!