Car Seat Headrest is the lo-fi indie rock project of Will Toledo, and although he has released before, this is his first full record with a whole band behind him. The extra beef behind the songs on Teens Of Style is very welcome, as are the extra touches (a little synth hovering here, a little counter-melody there) they bring. On Matador.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 October 2015They’ll literally call bands anything these days. Alongside new albums from Sticker on Plant Pot and Knob of Kitchen Cabinet comes Carseat Headrest. Now, if you are tired of the currently in vogue fuzzy reverby compressed kraut-pop sound then this album is not for you. The band mine the same ground as the likes of Wavves and Ty Segall with vocals distorted throughout and a lo-fi garage sound. I’ve found of late that I just want to wipe the dirt off everything. And this is perhaps the problem I’m having with this album. The songs are catchy enough without threatening to make you hum them. After a blistering opening couple of tracks, the album settles down into a mid paced style with sort of plods in the way Grandaddy does. Songs like ‘Time To Die’ are well crafted and have sheering blasts of noise and when singer Will Toledo starts multi layering his vocals then things start to get interesting. On first listen the production style is not fooling me. I can’t hear the hooks and energy I want. It seems somehow fake, like it’s been made on garage band with heavy use of distortion rather than being recorded in the basement- I may be hopelessly wrong - I often am. Certain tracks though offer real promise ‘Strangers’ in particular has a blinding chorus that suggests 17 year old ‘Toledo’ has been raiding his dads mid ’80’s R.E.M records. File under: keep an eye on.
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