Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo will release his Matador Records debut, Teens Of Style, on October 30th. The record follows 11 self-released LPs, over the course of which he’s tackled everything from depression to his love of Michael Stipe. We’ve already heard the new record’s teenage angst-inspired cut “Something Soon”, now Toledo’s taking on the biggest ideas of all: God and record labels.
“Times to Die” was originally recorded for 2013’s Monomania, but has roots going even further back. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Toledo revealed that the song was spurred from a fragment called “Fuck Merge Records”, which he wrote after being denied by the label when he was 19-years-old. The current iteration of the song shouts out Matador founder Chris Lombardi, screams at the devil, and contains infectious lo-fi bouts of just yelling. All the while, Toledo contemplates making a covenant with God while examining his own mortality and the idea of his friends settling down. He shows an astute sense of self-awareness, backing up his meditations with intricate philosophies and theologies. It’s a gorgeous and thoughtful meditation on the life of a struggling artist.
Watch the lyric video below.