This is a cover of Car Seat Headrest's brilliant song, Destroyed By Hippie Powers from the 2016 LP, Teens of Denial.
Teens is a great record and topped many year-end lists in 2016, including mine. I love the production quality overall; the guitar sounds are vintage Steve Fisk (who produced the record) and Will Toledo's vocal delivery is absolutely masterful.
Lyrically, Toledo is a songwriter who finds power in exposing personal vulnerabilities, which I think is a difficult thing to do. And that was another quality that drew me in to this LP.
I read a quote from him that said he really strives to make records that people will want to come back to, time and again. That's a pretty hard feat in this current, all-access-music landscape, but I think he achieved his goal with Teens of Denial.
I started playing Destroyed By Hippie Powers on acoustic guitar not long after I heard it. I realize it's risky business covering songs you really admire, but I liked where it went in the studio, so I decided it would be a good one to kick off my releases this year.
And ironically its now 50 years since, they say, the hippie movement peaked and died in that fateful year of 1969. That point isn't lost on me here either.
Be sure to check out the original version of Hippie Powers here: carseatheadrest.bandcamp.com/album/teens-of-denial
released January 22, 2019
Song and lyrics copyright, by Car Seat Headrest.
Recorded at the Las Vanier Haus of Fuzz, Fall 2018.
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