Car Seat Headrest
Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)


5.0
classic

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
April 6th, 2018 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: it’ll take some time, but somewhere down the line, we won’t be alone.

Twin Fantasy is not at all a mature project. In fact, I would go as far to say it’s been one of the most boldly immature records of its realm since its initial release back in 2011. This isn’t necessarily because of frontman Will Toledo’s lyricism, or the amount of instrumental technicality on display. If it were, you would obviously be reading an entirely different review; Will’s lyrics are actually quite undoubtedly some of the most level-headed and mature comparatively in music today. So why do I make this point, then" Well because Will not only uses his creative ability to its own incredible power, but because Will has managed to capture and perfect his own musical portrayal of his former youthfully anxiety-ridden self, also managing to incorporate structurally bewildering instrumentation into his already pre-established clever, harmoniously inclined vocal work.

From front to back, there is not a single moment that wastes your time, as everything connects itself to the listener in this giant web of bright teenage emotions, all from sexual identity, drug experimentation, the effects of drug abuse, and just Will generally coming into his existential own, as we all sort of do once or more during our teenage years. While it’s not entirely lovely, or even completely organized, neither is Will and nor are we. Twin Fantasy vividly details his life experiences in a way that warms your heart yet sends you chills down the lining of your bones at the same moment. The way he interweaves all of these different tales through his various teenage experiences makes Twin Fantasy easily one of the most life-like depictions of teen angst, depicting how us as youth perceive and act with such grandiose and borderline melodramatic attention to detail.

The instrumentation is no less grandiose than the genuinely exemplary lyrical content. While Car Seat Headrest and of course Twin Fantasy are the brainchild of Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest is also now a full band signed to Matador Records, with a substantially increased budget, and thus a larger scope of sound. The production is clearer but not pristine, giving it more of a realistic — but not overbearing — take on today’s timely indie rock in the vein of Remo Drive or Hippo Campus. These influences tie into Will’s singer-songwriter sensibilities that tend to act more personal and introspective, almost even in the vein of Julien Baker or Phoebe Bridgers. Of course Will takes these ideas and simplistic tendencies from his contemporaries, and expands them into musical pieces that defy traditional structures and pop sensibilities in almost every way. Nearly every song (save for the two minute yet nevertheless impactful “Stop Smoking” interlude) reaches over the 4-5 minute mark, with pieces easily clocking in even past the ten minute point. Every single verse and refrain from the opening seconds of “My Boy” to the guitar intro’s reprise in “Beach Life in Death” all the way even to the final closing monologue of “These Boys” all keep you entranced into not only the album itself, but everything around you. The melding of influences and style here only goes to accentuate the slight narrative at hand with Twin Fantasy, with its bright portrayals of various forms of adolescence.

But it’s not necessarily even through Toledo’s emotions all laid out bare for everyone to see on this newly reimagined Twin Fantasy that everything has been made so breathtakingly cold; of course, all music is interpreted by the listener, but there’s a passive bitterness to the tale, with every cry as the album progresses ringing louder and louder in the hard times we try to confide in. Whether it be those nights we tried to come out to our friends on Skype or those times we got together with neighborhood kids to down Four Lokos and shoot the shit until the morning came, it was all there in the distance. Granted, shit was never shot, and it left every discussion throughout those years hollow and empty, but there’s a foreign yet captivating familiarity within the lines of every song here that makes it all feel a bit better. Like there’ll always be a subtle alleviation no matter the source of the pain. Growing up is painful and overtly lame; your friends won’t love you the same, your family will think different of you, and you’ll be barely able to look yourself in the mirror. Will Toledo won’t stand to say it again, but at least at the end of the day we’ll still be here, shooting shit or pissing silence.


“when i come back you’ll still be here.”


link to initial rev for Suburban Rose: https://www.suburbanrose.com/2018/04/review-car-seat-headrest-twin-fantasy.html"m=1



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ianblxdsoe
April 6th 2018


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

initially written for the lovely people at Suburban Rose Magazine cuz they were nice enough to add me to their staff (dw i’ll fix the end of rev links in a second) anyways go check them out show some loveee: https://www.suburbanrose.com/2018/04/review-car-seat-headrest-twin-fantasy.html?m=1

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Snake.
April 6th 2018


20784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SO WHAT



WE'RE YOUNG



WE'RE THIN



(most of us...?)



WE'RE ALIVE



(...most of us)

ianblxdsoe
April 6th 2018


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ALBUM LINKS



Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) link: https://carseatheadrest.bandcamp.com/album/twin-fantasy-2

Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror) link: https://carseatheadrest.bandcamp.com/album/twin-fantasy



i dont think the html code works on comments but w/e i’m leaving them u get it. anyways this was more of a passion review so if you don’t completely agree i’d love to hear what yall gotta say. thank you for reading and i hope yall dig ))

Papa Universe
April 6th 2018


16626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

grats on the job,

twin fantasy (POS to POS)

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ianblxdsoe
April 6th 2018


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

eh i’m not getting paid rn or anything but it’s still cool to jump into other stuff. idk how long sput’s gonna keep holdin on yknow?? thanks for the pos uni yr the man as always, also love u snake

TheSpaceMan
April 6th 2018


11386 Comments


Yeah back up your reviews and buy gold

Lucid
April 6th 2018


9900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bombastic doesn't mean what you think it does: "high-sounding but with little meaning; inflated." probably the most misused word in sputnik reviews lol



theBoneyKing
April 6th 2018


15084 Comments


There’s a case to be made that the word has a secondary use that hasn’t made its way to dictionaries yet; I would argue that the positively connotated use might have become frequent enough as to be acceptable in some scenarios. But yeah until it is an “official” use, better to avoid it.

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ianblxdsoe
April 6th 2018


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think just modern/western society has kinda transformed that word into its own separate meaning, almost like a slang homophone with no actual innappropriate meaning behind it lol just a better fitting definition to a commonly used word with a negative connotation that most people don’t want associated with the word? that’s the only explanation i have lol

ianblxdsoe
April 6th 2018


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

but if your views on that word are so detesting that it makes or breaks this review for you i can fix it lucid lol

Lucid
April 6th 2018


9900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I get that the word "bombastic" seems like it means explosive or exciting, but it... doesn't mean that. Seeing it everywhere here has become a pet peeve of mine, carry on though!

theBoneyKing
April 6th 2018


15084 Comments


Lucid, I’d say the problem here is either with you or due to a difference in your dialect; in my experience “bombastic” appears to be in the process of semantic amelioration (at least in my circles of English); it just hasn’t quite reached the point of being fully recognized yet.

Lucid
April 6th 2018


9900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More like semantic deterioration but okay.

theBoneyKing
April 6th 2018


15084 Comments


No, amelioration is the technical term for this kind of semantic change. :-]

https://www.thoughtco.com/amelioration-word-meanings-1689082

Lucid
April 6th 2018


9900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All you people screaming "that godspeed climax was so bombastic man!" are ruining English.

theBoneyKing
April 6th 2018


15084 Comments


Sure ;-P

TheSpaceMan
April 6th 2018


11386 Comments


"All you people screaming "that godspeed climax was so bombastic man!" are ruining English."

The issue is that you're listening to godspeed

ianblxdsoe
April 6th 2018


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah i’m with space on this one, plus i changed the word like an hour ago u goons ;-)

Lucid
April 6th 2018


9900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The instrumentation is no less bombastic"

I'm still triggered.

ianblxdsoe
April 6th 2018


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wait did i use it twice god i’m such a poser i write without a thesaurus ONE TIME and this shit happens smh 😩 edit: fixed it (again)



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