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Car Seat Headrest Share New Song “There Must Be More Than Blood”: Listen

Car Seat Headrest’s Making A Door Less Open is out next week, and the band is back today to stoke your excitement with a fourth advance single. Thus far, Will Toledo’s first collection of new original songs since 2016’s Teens Of Denial has yielded “Can’t Cool Me Down,” “Martin,” and the contentious “Hollywood,” a song I’ve been told is bad but can confirm is, in fact, good. All of them are good. Spoiler alert: The whole album is good! But we’ll have more to say on that later. In the meantime, here is one more good song to pique your interest.

Today’s new Car Seat Headrest track is called “There Must Be More Than Blood.” On MADLO, it’s a seven-minute sprawl incorporated the newfangled production and arrangements the band incorporated this time around. But its release is accompanied by a video in which Toledo performs the song acoustically in character as Trait, the album’s protagonist, who was wearing a mask before it was cool. The chorus: “There must be more than blood that holds us together/ There must be more than wind that takes us away/ There must be more than tears when they pull back the curtain/ There must be more than fear.”

Check out the studio and acoustic versions of “There Must Be More Than Love” below.

Making A Door Less Open is out 5/1 on Matador. Pre-order it here.

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“Can’t Cool Me Down” by Car Seat Headrest Review

Will Toledo, the restless DIY tinkerer behind Car Seat Headrest, has finally jury-rigged a vehicle that will allow him to transcend his own persona. Five years after his Matador debut, Toledo has obsessively built (and rebuilt) Car Seat Headrest from a scrappy Bandcamp bedroom project to one of indie rock’s most formidable live acts. On “Can’t Cool Me Down,” the first single from the upcoming album Making a Door Less Open, the guy who once sang about wanting Frank Ocean’s voice hints tantalizingly at how he might move beyond the constraints of open-hearted guitar anthems.

For Making a Door Less Open, the band apparently blended together two versions of the album—one with live instruments, and the other strictly synth-based—while Toledo took on a mysterious alter ego known as “Trait.” That something has changed is immediately clear from “Can’t Cool Me Down,” which is slinky and slightly aloof, where the most beloved CSH songs are ragged and communal. And yet, as Trait/Toledo yowls about a heat that won’t be extinguished, his intense devotion to craft burns bright enough for anyone to see. Though trimmed from live versions, the track perhaps goes on a bit long, but as with other famous left turns —think 808s, Kid A, A Ghost Is Born or Transference—Toledo’s metamorphosis will surely make more sense in a fuller context.

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