May’s artist to watch is a rock and roll band called Car Seat Headrest.
CSH is the brainchild of Will Toledo, who, since 2010 has 11 releases to his band’s name, many of which he’s made available for a “name your price” on Bandcamp.
Originally from Leesburg, Virginia, and currently based out of Seattle, the DIY’er is releasing his first album of new songs on a “proper” label, Matador Records. CSH released Teens of Style, a collection of re-recorded older material going back to 2011 as his introduction by the label last year. The new album, Teens of Denial is out on May 20th.
Toledo’s music is a indie rock brew that brings to mind Guided By Voices by way of early Who, Pavement, informed by Toledo’s love of REM, with lots of guitars, layered harmonies, lyrics you want to pay attention to, and loads and loads of well crafted lo-fi nuance and charm.
Dan Reed, the self-appointed President of the Car Seat Headrest fan club, says “this is the best album of the year, so far. Toledo is one or rock’s great new lyricists; anthemic, diverse, funny, and sad. Sometimes all at once."