This song gets me, and I can’t stop listening to it right now. It’s an epic, nearly eight minutes of psychedelic slacker-jamming with sprinkles of horns and feedback that recall the detail-oriented style of Sufjan Stevens or Thee Oh Sees. (Note – the sound quality in this video is horrendous, but he busts into Radiohead!)
On the studio album, the trilled guitar intro is effective, beginning slow and building with static and carefully placed chimes before the band clicks into an ominous, bass-driven jam lifted from Radiohead’s early psych exploration “Blowout”. Later on, the breakdown follows suit all the way down to the drum fills – songwriter Will Toledo is paying homage to his musical roots, although he was only 1 when this song came out:
It’s a great jam, dark and drawn out, full of angst but still careful enough to hang on to our instruments and let it rip. It moves between patience and urgency several times without warning, and the result is a tribute to the melodrama of early 90’s grunge and alternative. Car Seat Headrest’s last album, Teens of Denial, should have made my top 10 of 2016 but I was a little late to the party. I’ve been listening to it a lot, lately!