Locals Only Artist of the Month: Car Seat Headrest

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December 31, 2015
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Seattle has long been a frontier town that attracts musicians who want to invent and reinvent – from Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain to the next unnamed musical star. While the sound may change from decade to decade, the Northwest’s music scene is as vibrant as ever. And here at The End we feel it’s important to help put our homegrown talent in the forefront by giving you a taste of our city's musical richness.

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BIO

Car Seat Headrest is the project of Seattle artist Will Toledo. With a vision that is both sweeping in scope and intimately personal, Car Seat Headrest embodies the DIY ethos at its best. The songs are often long and complex, but they are anchored in irresistible melodies and a piercing emotional directness. Dispersed across the globe, Car Seat Headrest has an intensely dedicated fanbase of several thousand internet denizens who deeply connect with Will's startlingly honest and unfiltered approach to writing and performing.

While many of his home-recording contemporaries prioritize aesthetics over meaning, Will's lyrics are central to his artistic mindset. His songwriting is sharp, literary, and culturally omnivorous as it touches upon youth and death, love and depression, drunken parties and 2nd century theologians. Ever surprising, his imagery ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, often within the same song.  

Car Seat Headrest's conceptual ambition and frequently stunning songwriting has been apparent since its early days of laptop recording, the scale of Will's vision going far beyond the constricting “lo-fi” term. Now on its Matador Records debut,Teens of Style,we witness the group presenting ideas with more clarity and refinement than ever, delivering an enthralling collection of songs destined for wide acclaim. 

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Will from Car Seat Headrest