As Car Seat Headrest, 24-year-old Will Toledo has released an impressive 12 albums since 2010. But it was on Teens of Denial, his second proper studio album released on Matador, that he truly demonstrated his abilities.
Stirring choruses, wiry, earworm guitar lines, Stephen Malkmus-like lyricism: Teens of Denial weaves together all the elements of a truly great alt-rock record. And standing at the centre of it all is Toledo, a heady distillation of introversion and aggression, vulnerability and playfulness. Live he covers everyone from The Cars to Frank Ocean, yet Car Seat are at their best ripping through their own original cathartic indie anthems.