When Will Toledo, lead singer and artists behind Car Seat Headrest, was 19 he wrote and recorded an album. The album titled Twin Fantasy was a Bandcamp masterpiece, it was what Brian Eno describes as “the sound of failure”, an experiment pursued but never truly finished and finalised.
So what has Toledo done? He’s re-imagined and re-recorded it for all his fans who’ve loved it and for all those fans yet to meet it. Now, he’s released one of those re-imagined cuts, the brilliant make-out track ‘Cute Thing’. It’s a multi-layered, somewhat confused but ultimately charming assault of teenage sexual tension.
That’s how it appears to the audience. Fully prepared with all it’s raging hormones the track skips genres, tempos, and textures to reach some kind of climax to befit an awkward and engaging adolescent. It essentially just ends.
But during the ride we are reminded, not only that Will Toledo was wise beyond his years, not only that re-recordings aren’t always terrible, but that “the sound of failure” can sometimes just be the starting gun.