Three new tracks to get lifted to.

A new week, and unfortunately we have no new leads on Justin Timberlake’s trip into the woods. There’s not a lot of goodies in the mainstream releases, so here are three deeper dives for your wintery weekend.

Car Seat Headrest – Nervous Young Inhumans

There’s not many better writers in music today than Will Toledo. As the singer and leader of the band Car Seat Headrest, he’s incredibly deft at describing depression through complex metaphors and real-life situations. Put into song, it’s an incredible effect — 2016’s Teens of Denial album has memorable cuts like “Drugs With Friends”, putting you in the shoes of an introvert at a college party.

This year, Toledo and Car Seat Headrest will release Twin Fantasy, refinishing a 2011 lo-fi album for a full release on Matador. New single “Nervous Young Inhumans” is the strongest to date, a quiet acoustic song is turned into a full glam rock romp. The Killers-style guitars blare as Toledo describes his “galvanistic” youth, full of OCD cursive and untapped love.

Up to this point, Car Seat Headrest’s music has earned its strength through lyrics. On “Nervous Young Inhumans”, it taps into how far this band can go when the music matches the power of the words.

Crater – Unearth

Seattle duo Crater put out their second album Unearth earlier this week, and the title track gives you a quick sense of their style.

Built on driving percussion and soaring synths, singer Cecilia Gomez is given room to sing intricate melodies — it’s got a bit of hypnotic power to it. The songs go on and rarely end where they started. If you’re a fan of Braids, Young Galaxy (more on them in a moment), or other stripped-down synthpop, Unearth is an interesting listen.

Young Galaxy – Under My Wing

Believe it or not, Montreal band Young Galaxy has been around for 12 years, and it’s hard to think of a dreamier song from the band than “Under My Wing”. For the last few years, they’ve gone in more of a synth direction, and that signature sound is present here. Except… Catherine McCandless isn’t singing above the mix. She’s down with it, in an almost shoegaze turn. It’s a bit of a transformative listen, and peaks curiosity for how new album Down Time will sound.

Categories: CULTURE MUSIC