Making A Door Less Open is a convoluted way of saying “Close the door”. It is also the first album of new material by Car Seat Headrest since Teens of Denial in 2016. It’s been four years in the making, and here’s why: Car Seat Headrest man Will Toledo recorded the album twice, with the help of his friend and drummer Andrew Katz. It was recorded once with guitars, bass and drums, then with synths. The two versions were then combined to produce the final album. If the results are as good as Teens of Denial then we’re in for a cracker!
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Will Toledo has only gone and bought a bloody drum machine! I’m hoping that’s not going to start any Dylan’s-gone-electric backlash (though I guess that didn’t work out) because wow, ‘Making A Door Less Open’ is really, really good. Car Seat Headrest have done more to keep the faith of 90s indie rock than most, now I want to know what’s made that faith waiver because it has inspired an album which is as brilliant as it is unexpected.
Remember a few years back when Stephen Malkmus released his supposedly “secret electronic album” which, other than a few exceptions, sounded like what Stephen Malkmus albums sounded like. If only he had been as bold as Car Seat Headrest have been here. I never expected to say that they make music which sounds like weird Killers demos, but they do, and it is very good.
‘Making A Door Less Open’ lays its cards on the table from the very beginning. ‘Weightlifters’ opens with droning synths (synths!), which are joined by a booming drum machine (a drum machine!) and then Will Toledo doing an impression of a wordier Brandon Flowers (Brandon Flowers!). Don’t worry, there are still guitars, but instead of carrying the band they give the tracks an upbeat energy and help to roughen up the textures.
It the combination of Toledo rock solid song writing (the dude can sure sing a catch melody, and earnestly) and the odd musical flourishes that makes ‘Making A Door Less Open’ so fun. ‘Deadlines’ has a floating bassline on it straight out of UK garage that heralds a proper arms in the air chorus. ‘Life Worth Missing’ has a throbbing synth line that brings it closer to disco than 90s indie rock ever got, all while sounding morose in a way that brings the National to mind.
Judas has done it again.
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