"Maybe one of the best rock records of the century, and
maybe one of the top 10 rock records ever made"
- NPR's 50 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR OF 2016 (#8) TEENS OF DENIAL
"Like Nirvana building quiet and explosiveness into the
same space, Car Seat Headrest knows how to be intimate
and epic at the same time." - ROLLING STONE
Will Toledo always knew he would return to Twin Fantasy.
He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could
square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations.
Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on
a cheap laptop, and you'll hear what Brian Eno fondly
calls "the sound of failure" - thrilling, extraordinary, and
singularly compelling failure. Will's first love, rendered in
the vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and
weird sex, was an event too momentous for the medium
assigned to record it.
Early next year, on the heels of the smashing success
of Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headrest will release a new
version of Twin Fantasy. "It was never a finished work," Will
says, "and it wasn't until last year that I figured out how
to finish it." He has, now, the benefit of a bigger budget, a
full band in fine form, and endless time to tinker. According
to him, it took eight months of mixing just to get the
drums right. But this is no shallow second take, sanitized
in studio and scrubbed of feeling. This is the album he
always wanted to make. It sounds the way he always
wanted it to sound.
It's been hard, stepping into the shoes of his teenage
self, walking back to painful places. There are lyrics he
wouldn't write again, an especially sad song he regards
as an albatross. But even as he carries the weight of that
younger, wounded Will, he moves forward. He grows. He
revises, gently, the songs we love so much. In the album's
final moments, in those apologies to future me's and
you's, there is more forgiveness than fury.
This, Will says, is the most vital difference between the old
and the new: he no longer sees his own story as a tragedy.
1. My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
2. Beach Life-In-Death
3. Stop Smoking (We Love You)
4. Sober To Death
5. Nervous Young Inhumans
2. Cute Thing
3. High To Death
4. Famous Prophets (Stars)
5. Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)