Car Seat Headrest take on Kate Bush in dual EP drop

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Fans of Washington-based four-piece Car Seat Headrest will welcome the release of two new EPs this month.

On Tuesday 22 June, the band surprised listeners with nine new tracks over two records, directly following up on last year’s long-player, Making a Door Less Open.

MADLO: Influences sees the band take on covers of Kate Bush, Bowie, Nine Inch Nails and The Who, while MADLO: Remixes features five remakes of tracks from 2020’s record.

Vocalist Will Toledo, 28, told StereoGum that the latest record marked an intentional departure from the previous three albums. He said: “It definitely was time for a fresh start once we finished with the third of those records.

“I think if we had continued to do something that was self-reflective or revisiting the past, it would have been hard to keep people’s interest.”

June’s EPs double down on the new direction, enjoying newfound energy in ‘Running Up That Hill’ and inviting unlikely collaboration in a re-work with Superorganism.

The band, who have now released 11 albums, amassed a cult following from their string of self-produced records on Bandcamp between 2010 and 2014.

Car Seat Headrest were lifted to widespread acclaim in 2016 with their Matador debut, Teens of Denial.

Though the dual EP drop is likely to find a niche audience, long-time Car Seat Headrest fans will surely feel rewarded for sticking with the band in their new venture.

Words by James Reynolds


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