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Teens Of Denial
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Car Seat Headrest
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Release Date
May 20, 2016

With Teens of Denial, his first real “studio” album with an actual band, Will Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic- rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor.

Teens of Denial refracts Toledo’s particular, personal story of one difficult year through cultural touchstones such as the biography of Frank Sinatra, the evolution of the Me Generation as seen in Mad Men and elsewhere, plus elements of eastern and western theology. The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music.

Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set of art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy. The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood.

The album was produced by Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Beat Happening, Soundgarden) at his studio in Seattle, July-September 2015. This is the first full album of new music from Car Seat Headrest released on Matador.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Fill In The Blank 4:04 Buy

    Fill In The Blank

  2. 2 Vincent 7:45 Buy


  3. 3 Destroyed By Hippie Powers 5:03 Buy

    Destroyed By Hippie Powers

  4. 4 (Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't a Problem) 5:37 Buy

    (Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't a Problem)

  5. 5 Not What I Needed 4:31 Buy

    Not What I Needed

  6. 6 Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales 6:14 Buy

    Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

  7. 7 1937 State Park 4:00 Buy

    1937 State Park

  8. 8 Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An) 5:26 Buy

    Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)

  9. 9 Cosmic Hero 8:31 Buy

    Cosmic Hero

  10. 10 The Ballad of the Costa Concordia 11:30 Buy

    The Ballad of the Costa Concordia

  11. 11 Connect the Dots (The Saga of Frank Sinatra) 6:07 Buy

    Connect the Dots (The Saga of Frank Sinatra)

  12. 12 Joe Goes to School 1:17 Buy

    Joe Goes to School

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