Car Seat Headrest have announced their new album, Making a Door Less Open, with its lead single, “Can’t Cool Me Down.”
The dynamic track should be familiar to diehards, as it has been a staple of the band’s live shows over the past year. “Schizophrenia dreaming / I got a real bad feeling / With a taste like lemon / Having trouble breathing,” frontman Will Toledo sings over woozy synths and a strong bassline.
“Can’t Cool Me Down” is the first taste of Making a Door Less Open, which Car Seat Headrest recorded over the last four years. To create the album, the band recorded the entire tracklist twice: first with MIDI instruments and the second time with guitars, drums and bass. The record combines CSH’s indie rock sound with Toledo and drummer Andrew Katz’s electronic side project, 1 Trait Danger.
“I wanted to make something that was different from my previous records, and I struggled to figure out how to do that,” Toledo explained in a statement. “I realized that because the way I listened to music had changed, I had to change the way I wrote music, as well. I was listening less and less to albums and more and more to individual songs, songs from all over the place, every few days finding a new one that seemed to have a special energy.”
Making a Door Less Open is the follow-up to 2018’s Twin Fantasy (Face to Face), which was a rework of Car Seat Headrest’s 2011 album, Twin Fantasy. The new LP will arrive on May 1.
Listen to “Can’t Cool Me Down” here: