CAR SEAT HEADREST - TEENS OF DENIAL VINYL (2LP GATEFOLD)
Release Date: 8th July 2016
The latest record (the 13th if you can believe it!) from the young prolific indie songwriter Will Toledo aka Car Seat Headrest. Teens of Denial sees him leave his lo-fi bedroom set-up in exchange for a proper studio with a full band and producer. Resulting in a spellbinding record which has to be his best yet! By turns tender and caustic empathetic and solipsistic literary and vernacular profound and profane self-loathing and self-aggrandizing he conjures a specifically 21st century mindset a product of information overload the loneliness it can foster and the escape music can provide. Horns keyboards and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy. Oh and listen out for the William Onyeabor guitar reference!
"Teens of Denial is the thirteenth album in Car Seat Headrest's (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) oeuvre, second on Matador, and first to be recorded in a proper studio with a full band and producer (Steve Fisk). On Denial, Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic-rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor. By turns tender and caustic, empathetic and solipsistic, literary and vernacular, profound and profane, self-loathing and self-aggrandizing, he conjures a specifically 21st century mindset, a product of information overload, the loneliness it can foster, and the escape music can provide. At the heart of the album sits the 11:32 Ballad of the Costa Concordia, which has more musical ideas than most whole albums (and at that length, it uses them all). Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy. The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood."