If ‘Empty Nesters’ was a alt-rock curveball, ‘Buffalo’ resets the mood from a Pavement-style track to a psychedelic song, the kind of thing that Chaz Bundick’s Toro Y Moi project is known for.
It’s a smooth groove, that takes from a 70s rhythm and builds on it with a synth-indie pop sensibility of our time.
“When I started writing this song I was experiencing a bit of writer’s block and this song was what pulled me out. As soon as I wrote it, I knew it would set the tone for the entire album.”
The new fourth Toro Y Moi album What For? is out on April 3rd on Car Park Records. Bundick says it’s inspired by Big Star, Talking Heads and Todd Rundgren, as well as Brazil’s Tim Maia and France’s Cortex”.
Chaz Bundick spent last year working his dance muscles on the excellent Les Sins project which culminated in the album Michael (‘Bother’ was a tune of the year).
For 2015, Bundick’s attention returns to his roots, his Toro Y Moi project for which he will release his fourth album What For? on Car Park on April 6th. Having run through chillwave, electro, psychedelia and hazy R&B beats, ‘Empty Nesters’ is much more guitar-driven than we’re used to with a chorus that speaks of being “smothered and covered by my high school dreams”. It’s not a million miles away from a Beck track.
Chaz Bundick has turned his attention to his dance music project Les Sins rather than his chill indie main gig.
As Les Sins, Bundick has a full-length debut coming on Company Records / Car Park Records in November called Michael which he says in inspired by “cartoon and movie soundtracks, classic dance and pop music traditions, house, techno, French music, and ’90s hip-hop production.”
The first single ‘Bother’, is a jacking dance track with a psychedelic French electro-inspired outro. It’s tasty.
Chromeo’sWhite Women is certainly one of my most anticipated albums of 2014. We’ve already heard two killer tracks from it – ‘Sexy Socialite’ and ‘Over My Shoulder’ and the Canadian electro funkateers have also promised collabs with Ezra Koening, Solange, Pat Mahoney and Mtume’s Tawatha Agee.
You can hear Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi on the vocals for ‘Come Alive’, an ’80s electro jam true to the duo’s style.
On his previous two albums Chaz Bundick’s music was at its best when his melodic sensibilities collided on the same page with his dance music-making abilities. His discography highlights proceeding – ‘Still Sound’, ‘New Beat’, ‘Lissoms’ ,‘Thanks Vision’ and ‘Low Shoulder’ were prime examples. Bundick was able to combine that chillwave soft haze with a percussive purpose.
Anything In Return is the best Toro Y Moi album so far as it sticks closer to that ethos. It’s less reliant on hazy atmospherics and is more immersed in dancefloor etiquette, less reliant on moods, more immersed in song. At the same time, enough of the chilled haze sticks around to coat the tracks in a soft hypnagogic glow. Review & album stream →