Car Seat Headrest has releasesed ‘Cute Thing’, the latest track to be previewed from forthcoming new album Twin Fantasy – a re-recorded, re-imagined new version of the 2011 self-released Bandcamp stream of the same name – which will be out February 16th on Matador Records
Following the release of singles ‘Beach Life In Death’ and ‘Nervous Young Inhumans’ (and its accompanying video that marked Toledo’s directorial debut), ‘Cute Thing’ is an ecstatic multi-part epic of unbridled yearning, flirtation, and abandon – pairing masterfully layered production with acombustible house-party reverie.
‘Ana Ng’, nods to James Brown and Frank Ocean (replacing the Bandcamp original’s nods to Dan Bejar and John Entwistle, respectively), and the unforgettable line “he died in an explosion / of mixed media / and poorly written reviews / and some stammering drunk who tried to tell him how good his shit was.” With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its revelatory live show to Australia, Europe – including a May UK tour and biggest headline show to date at London’s Roundhouse – and select West Coast cities through the first half of 2018, with a full North American tour to be announced at a later date. Current tour dates can be found below.
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.
“It was never a finished work,” Toledo 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 Toledo, 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, Toledo says, is the most vital difference between the old and the new: he no longer sees his
own story as a tragedy.
Twin Fantasy – Tracklist:
1. My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
2. Beach Life-In- Death
3. Stop Smoking (We Love You)
4. Sober to Death
5. Nervous Young Inhumans
7. Cute Thing
8. High to Death
9. Famous Prophets (Stars)
10. Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)
Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered 2011 version) digital album
26/01- Bozeman, MT, US – Rialto
24/02 – Sydney, Australia – Sydney Limits Fest
25/02 – Perth, Australia – Rosemont
28/02 – Melbourne, Australia – Croxton
01/03 – Brisbane, Australia – Triffid
03/03 – Auckland, NZ, Auckland Limits fest
06/04 – Eugene, OR, US – WOW Hall
08/04 – Boise, ID, US – Knitting Factory
10/04 – Missoula, MT, US – Top Hat
11/04 – Spokane, WA, US – Knitting Factory
12/04 – Olympia, WA, US – Capitol Theater
13/04 – Bellingham, WA, US – Wild Buffalo
14/04 – Tacoma, WA, US – Real Art
16/05 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre (tickets)
18/05 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC (tickets)
19/05 – Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory (tickets)
21/05 – Cambridge, UK – Junction 2 (tickets)
22/05 – Bristol, UK – SWX (tickets)
23/05 – London, UK – Roundhouse (tickets)
25/05 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique (tickets)
26/05 – Paris, France – Le Trabendo (tickets)
28/05 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso (tickets)
29/05 – Koln, Germany – Kantine (tickets)
30/05 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich (tickets)
31/05 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg (tickets)