Virginia songwriter Will Toledo had his breakthrough year in 2016, after toiling in the quagmire of Bandcamp self-releases for several years and some twelve album-length releases. After signing to Matador in 2015, his first full set of new material for the label was ‘Teens of Denial’, and is a landmark release for alternative rock music. Not in years has a new voice arrived with an outlook and philosophy so fully developed and rounded. His writing is at times disarmingly confessional, at others an incisive commentary on the reasons for his generation’s apathy, at others a primal cry of despair. It may call to mind Pavement, Modest Mouse, Parquet Courts, Minutemen and others, but this is a singular, thrillingly fresh perspective, and easily one of my favourite albums of the year.