Car Seat Headrest
Twin Fantasy


4.5
superb

Review

by YakNips USER (39 Reviews)
February 28th, 2015 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do you have any crimes that we can use to pass the time I’m running out of drugs to try

The appeal of the "bedroom" recording and production style is the intimacy that goes along with it, a sort of tangibility to the music, whereas a person or group of people producing music that is polished and refined can sometimes lose its humanity, or lose its personable qualities. So, with music that relies on character, personality, and emotion to convey its messages, this feeling of closeness is ideal and, I daresay, essential to properly creating an album that one can truly bond with. This rawness is what lets you know that what you are listening to is real; that it is human, just as you are.

Car Seat Headrest is Will Toledo, prevalent indie rocker from Seattle who, like many of his peers, has been writing music since a young age. Though Twin Fantasy is far from his longest album, it still feels epic, sort of like a monolith A good part of this due to the song-lengths; the average run-time of 6 minutes is fairly uncommon in the style of "bedroom" indie rock, but what makes Twin Fantasy special is how adamantly it does its own thing. Will's sound is made up of twangy guitar, some catchy bass, consistently excellent drumming, and his unique approach to lyricism delivered with reverb laden vocals that range from quiet slacker singing to Isaac Brock-esque yelling. All of this is accentuated through Will's heartfelt delivery that makes the music something beyond endearing.

Another thing that makes Twin Fantasy so great is that each song is its own beast. Though the intro track My Boy (Twin Fantasy) sets up the album perfectly, the following track Beach Life-In-Death, a 12-minute behemoth, is the true centerpiece. The song itself feels sort of like a journey to the beach, conjuring vivid imagery of train rides, sunny days, playing monopoly, groceries, relationships, applying for jobs, and, of course, ocean waves. This song comes together with three movements to form a piece that I can truly call remarkable. From there, songs like Bodys and Cute Thing serve their purpose as the cute, poppy, and sweet songs on the album (I dare not call them twee); and tracks like Sober To Death and High To Death work perfectly as chill indie rock tunes, the latter of which is drenched in enough reverb to drown a small child. The penultimate track, Famous Prophets (Minds), is the second epic of the album and works with dynamics perfectly to create a surprisingly cohesive and all-in-all incredibly fulfilling song.

The journey that is Twin Fantasy comes to a fitting close with the title track, a six-and-a-half minute anthem revolving around the sun and Will's introspection. Instead of ending the album with a bang, the track moves at a very slow pace, serving to vibe harder than pretty much anything else here, with divine synthesizer and simple drums that establish a concrete groove. After an hour when Twin Fantasy comes to a close, it feels satisfied, it feels complete. Car Seat Headrest successfully presents far more ideas than your average bedroom indie record, and is all the more rewarding for it. Will explores his own life through music, and in return offers this journey in a unique and intimate way.



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YakNips
February 27th 2015


19374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

coolio

Gestapo
February 27th 2015


1339 Comments


0 out of 1 thought this review was well written

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YakNips
February 27th 2015


19374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

nice

Gestapo
February 27th 2015


1339 Comments


dq i pos'd fuck that guy

420Itchy69
February 27th 2015


216 Comments


Vote Counted

YakNips
February 27th 2015


19374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

its all good im not in it for the numbers

BMDrummer
February 27th 2015


14352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm

BlueSwan
February 27th 2015


562 Comments


I love you I'll check this out tonight

Rhyme
February 27th 2015


1405 Comments


fuckin pos

love this album lots glad you reviewed it so soon

Sebinator
February 27th 2015


69 Comments


First half of this album is the best low fi stuff I've heard in the last ten years

YakNips
February 27th 2015


19374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ye massive shout out to johnny for fixing this rev up btw

Supercoolguy64
February 27th 2015


8654 Comments


i think i've heard of this guy before, should i jame?

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YakNips
February 27th 2015


19374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ye u should

Supercoolguy64
February 27th 2015


8654 Comments


ok i jame

Tunaboy45
February 28th 2015


16583 Comments


Great review Yak, have a pos

YakNips
February 28th 2015


19374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thx tuna

YakNips
February 28th 2015


19374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i haven't but i imagine it is

Rhyme
February 28th 2015


1405 Comments


my friend who showed me this likes his album from last year so im gonna guess its probably good

RadioSuicide
March 8th 2015


793 Comments


album is sweet.

what an incredibly stupid name [2]

Rhyme
March 8th 2015


1405 Comments


at least the band pic gets to be an actual car seat headrest



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