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Whilst is been a whopping eight years since Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, last released any music, spanking new album Doris and The Daggers proves the now-LA-based pioneer still has that magic touch. Spearhead single Dance (Cry Wolf) is candid and bare, with a hint of head-bopping swag and a dose of realism.


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Doris and The Daggers by Spiral Stairs
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 21 March 2017

Perennial second-in-commands of indie rock bands rejoice! The king of all runner-ups Scott Kannberg is here on his own, returning to his Spiral Stairs project with plenty of PR references to his time in Pavement. It’s not really fair, considering just how different he sounds as a songwriter. With his voice a grumbly octave down and his songs kissed off with a Shearwater level of serious self-import, he creates a sound that’s deceptively grandiose, plus the kinda guitar riffs and solos that only Built to Spill have ever brought to indie rock proper.

Kannberg has some great ideas but tends to spread them a bit thin: “Dance (Cry Wolf)” is a wonderfully involving opener but its repetitive choruses grate. “Emoshuns” largely does the same, but he does well to turn a snippet of an idea into a growing tune with lots of additive guitar, handclaps and wonky tones. He may not be the greatest melody wringer, but his music sounds full and sunny on this record, tunes like “AWM” combining acoustic strums with plenty of backing vocals, twinkling piano and a full-bodied drumbeat. He sloppily switches the tune into an indie rock symphony with a passage of violin and chants of “don’t let our love go to ruin!”, suddenly becoming the positivists Richard Ashcroft.

It’s moments like this that make me want to shake people and tell them not to underrate Kannberg -- he’s making a kind of blockbusterish, life-affirming indie rock that never came easy in his precious ‘90s. The arrangements are weirdly daring, with “The Unconditional” going all out on the horns and “Angel Eyes” leaning into the dimples of country rock. I can’t help but really enjoy this record: after years of weirding out, what’s not to like about this guy making the sweetest ever music? It’s all a darn sight better than “Date With IKEA”, anyways.


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Spiral Stairs - Dance (Cry Wolf) (Official Video) - YouTube



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