Sunday, January 27, 2013

New Toro Y Moi Album Brings Many Happy Returns

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Nerdy Crooner Plays Ladies Man on Latest Release 'Anything In Return'

If you've been on the P&B tip for a quite some time, you may recall my past post on the Chillwave genre, where I searched for some guidance/insight/understanding of exactly what this style of music really was.

Although using the term "chillwave" to describe the music of Toro y Moi (real name Chaz Bundick) has now become passe (he has tried to distance himself from being a poster boy for the genre), the music on his latest release Anything in Return defies specific categorization.

Here's my shot a description:  It melds downtempo electronic music and indie pop with flourishes of hip hop, 80's and 90's freestyle (think Stevie B or Shannon) and New Jack Swing R&B.

The lead single So Many Details reminds me of the following artists ALL AT THE SAME TIME:

  • 808's & Heartbreaks-era Kanye West
  • The Neptunes/N.E.R.D.
  • Justin Timberlake
  • James Blake
  • Bon Iver
  • Al B. Sure

The track slowly builds momentum with layers of sonic texture and some hip hop style vocal samples, but just as things get moving, it breaks down like a Transformers Decepticon, only to build itself right back up again with even more layers of sound.

It's a silky smooth cut despite the nerd-like awkwardness of the lyrics and Bundick's personality, which shows itself in both the music and the video (see below).

It's panty-remover music for fans of The Big Bang Theory!  And this first single truly sets the tone for the remainder of the album.

The record is bookended by two uptempo tracks at the beginning and end, but tracks 3 through 9 serve as it's fulcrum, and is where fans of Toro y Moi's first album Causers Of This will find their sonic sweet spot.

Aside from the first single, other stand-out cuts from this include Cola, High Living, Grown Up Calls, and Day One....

IMHO, with the exception of track #2 Say That (personally I'm not feelin' it), this entire album has no bad songs.

It has been on blast for me ALL WEEK LONG, and I don't think I'll stop listening anytime soon!



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