Artist of the week: Car Seat Headrest
From 2010 to 2014, Will Toledo wrote, performed and recorded under the Car Seat Headrest moniker two handfuls of lo-fi albums that he uploaded and sold in his Bandcamp page. People started to pay attention to his penchant for soaring homespun melodies and laconic delivery that quickly earned him comparisons not only to indie luminaries such as Guided by Voices and Pavement, but also a deal with Matador Records that released in 2015 Teens of Style, a stellar compilation of 11 re-recorded songs he had previously released.
To consider Teens of Denial Will Toledo’s debut as Car Seat Headrest would not only be wrong, but unintelligible: there’s no way a kid still in his 20s could release out of blue such a magnificent collection of sharp, witted and rocking songs. Instead, this is the culmination of a long and winding road that has turned Car Seat Headrest one of the most thrilling indie rock guitar-centric records of recent years.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.