Concert preview: Car Seat Headrest at the Newport

Joel Oliphint
Photo by Mikeal Beland

In 2011, Will Toledo uploaded the album Twin Fantasy, a record he started when he was 17, on Bandcamp. Under the name Car Seat Headrest, the album soon became a cult favorite in certain corners of the internet (which, it's helpful to remember, is also the real world). Twin Fantasy, along with several other self-made albums Toledo recorded on his own (often singing vocal takes in his car), led to a deal with big-time indie label Matador Records.

In the Matador contract, Toledo stipulated that, in addition to his first two records (2015'sTeens of Style and 2016'sTeens of Denial), he would also re-record and reimagineTwin Fantasy — a project that came to fruition earlier this year. While it's nothing new for Toledo to take an old song and rework it,Twin Fantasy is his first wholesale remake, and it's a smashing success. The whole thing brims with the same youthful energy, smirky quirks and huge hooks as the original but in a higher fidelity.

Toledo has said that when he first wroteTwin Fantasy, “I thought it was a tragedy. But I had to throw that out, because the actors couldn't keep a straight face.” That sense of humor keeps Toledo's emotive tendencies reined in, ensuring that no matter how desperate a line like “We said we hated humans; we wanted to be human” comes across, there's plenty of light peeking through.(Don't miss it)

Newport Music Hall

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

1722 N. High St., Campus

ALSO PLAYING: Naked Giants

Car Seat Headrest