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Classic Album Review: Preston School of Industry | All This Sounds Gas

Pavement's co-founder presents a familiar-sounding slate of shambling indie-rock.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


All this sounds a little like Pavement. And with good reason: Preston School of Industry’s headmastermind is none other than Pavement co-founder Scott (Spiral Stairs) Kannberg. Also, about a quarter of these songs were originally intended for the slacker-rock kings’ 1999 disc Terror Twilight, which more or less morphed into Stephen Malkmus’s first solo CD.

Now it’s Kannberg’s turn, and Pavement fans who know him as the delicate, earnest yin to Malkmus’s messy, ironic yang will welcome All This Sounds Gas into their homes like a long-lost chum. Taking the same unkempt, lo-fi approach and employing the same shambling gait as his old band, Kannberg leads a trio through 11 unassuming indie-rock gems, with guitars that slide, glide, ring and reverberate as he lazily half-sings tales of whale-bone ships, monkey hearts and horses’ legs, and wishing to be golden. Sounds like his dream has already come true.