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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

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