TORO Y MOIÂ (USA / Carpark Records)
The product of a move from South Carolina to Berkeley, CA and the subsequent extended separation from loved ones, Toro Y Moiâs third full-length,Â Anything in Return, puts Chaz Bundick right in the middle of the producer/songwriter dichotomy that his first two albums established. Thereâs a pervasive sense of peace with his tendency to dabble in both sides of the modern music-making spectrum, and he sounds comfortable engaging in intuitive pop production and putting forth the impression of unmediated id. The producerâs hand is prominentânot least in the sampled âyeahâs and âuhâs that give the album a hip-hop-indebted confidenceâand many of the songs feature the 4/4 beats and deftly employed effects usually associated with house music. Tracks like âHigh Livingâ and âDay Oneâ show a considerably Californian influence, their languid funk redolent of a West Coast temperament, and elsewhereânot least on lead single, âSo Many Detailsââthe record plays with darker atmospheres than weâre used to hearing from Toro Y Moi. Sounding quite assured in what some may call this songwriterâs return to producerhood,Anything in ReturnÂ is Bundick uninhibited by issues of genre, an album that feels like the artistâs essence.
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Chaz Bundick has been toying with various musical projects since early adolescence. Having spent his formative years playing in punk and indie rock acts, his protean Toro Y Moi project has been his vessel for further musical exploration since 2001. During his time spent studying graphic design at the University of South Carolina, Chaz became increasingly focused on his solo work, incorporating electronics and allowing a wider range of influencesâFrench house, Brian Wilsonâs pop, 80s R&B, and Stones Throw hip hopâto show up in his music. By the time he graduated in spring 2009, Chaz had refined his sound to something all his own, and music journals across the board touted his hazy recordings as the sound of the summer, and he released his debut album,Â Causers of ThisÂ in early 2010.
Since then, Bundick has proven himself to be not just a prolific musician, but a diverse one as well, letting each successive release broaden the scope of the Toro Y Moi oeuvre. The funky psych-pop of 2011âsÂ Underneath the PineÂ evinced an artist who could create similar atmospheres even without the aid of source material and drum machines. HisÂ Freaking Out EP, a handful of singles and remixes, and a retrospective box-set plot points all along the producer/songwriter spectrum in which heâs worked since his debut, and Anything In Return is another exciting offering that shows heâs still not ready to settle into any one genre.
|03/06/13||TORO Y MOI Ă Paris||Cabaret Sauvage||France|
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