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Car Seat Headrest

Album: Twin Fantasy
Release Date: February 16th
Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo was 19 when he recorded a concept album called Twin Fantasy on his laptop and self-released it on Bandcamp in the fall of 2011. In the years that followed, as his band broke through to indie rock's upper echelons with 2015's Teens of Style and 2016's Teens of Denial, Toledo kept dreaming of revisiting that early project, which has remained a favorite among his day-one fans. "It was never a finished work," he says in a press release about the re-recorded version of Twin Fantasy that's out next month, "and it wasn't until last year that I figured out how to finish it." The original Twin Fantasy was lo-fi by necessity, but it's an album about huge, high-definition feelings – mostly, the world-collapsing weirdness of being a teenager in love. Now songs like the 13-minute "Beach Life-in-Death" ("I pretended I was drunk when I came out to my friends/I never came out to my friends/We were all on Skype, and I laughed and I changed the subject") have the gleaming, raging alt-rock grandeur they were always crying out for.

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