Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest is nothing if not reflective. Hold that word, reflective, while you watch the above clip for the first single off his upcoming re-release of Twin Fantasy. Hold the idea of ‘reflective’ as you continue reading.
Because not only is the re-release of an album that was created seven years prior an ultimate reflection on the ideas of the past, but the songs themselves — and particularly “Nervous Young Inhumans” — embrace this kind of introspective thought. “Most of the time that I use the word “you”, Well you know that I’m mostly singing about you,” Toledo sings as the split screen images dance and stare deadpan and move through fog and colour and silhouette. In the non-single version of the track, there is a denouement monologue that expands on the word choices in the song, then ends with the line “This is the part of the song where I start to regret writing it.” It doesn’t get much more, well, reflective.
The clip is — as I mentioned — split into two sides which play at being both separate and synchronized, but often work to contrast light and dark, colour and the absence of it. Will Toledo is always on screen, and the video acts as his directorial debut. It’s clean, precise, and works with the themes of the song. The result is an experience that embraces movement and honesty. It’s an excellent kickstart to what will be a big year for Car Seat Headrest.
Twin Fantasy will be released on February 16th on Matador Records. To hear more from Car Seat Headrest, you can check out the Bandcamp page, Tumblr, and Facebook. You can also follow Car Seat Headrest on Twitter.