Will Toledo isn't old, but he's feeling his age. He's in debt; his friends are getting married; his hands are frozen; he's stuck in the city; and worst of all, his songs are starting to sound the same. The world is moving past him, blurring into formlessness, and his music as Car Seat Headrest is an attempt to slow down and make sense of the rush.
Teens of Style is technically a compilation, comprising songs dating back to 2011 that were re-recorded for his Matador debut. (Teens of Denial, a planned 2016 release, will be his first Matador album of entirely new material.) You can hear the revised sound as a composite of the label's history: Guided by Voices' ear for cracked pop oddities, Belle and Sebastian's emotional directness, Yo La Tengo's intimate approach to jamming, Stephen Malkmus' ability to get wordy without forgetting to rock out. As a songwriter, Toledo is both present and detached, capable of living in a moment while floating above it. A self-summarization comes on the brawny "Strangers", when he deadpans a series of autobiographical quips: "Car seat is a menace to the public," "Car seat is a genetic stop sign," "Car seat's nervous and the lights are bright."
An album by Will Toledo
released October 30, 2015
All songs published by Matador
Andrew Katz - drums
Jacob Bloom - bass
Amanda Schiano di Cola - trumpet on tracks 5 and 10
Eleni Govetas - saxophone on track 8.
All else - Will Toledo
Recorded between February 28th and June 7th
Produced and mixed by Will Toledo; additional mixing on track 3 by Abe Seiferth
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering
Max Wedner - illustration
Mike Zimmerman - design & color
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