12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The “chillwave” tag may be a thing of the past by the time you read this (and probably should be), but count Toro y Moi among the original purveyors of said music. South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick is Toro y Moi, and armed with a laptop and other plug-in devices, he makes lovely, airy pop music that’s perfect for a rainy Sunday or a late-night, dreamy come-down from club noise. Opening track “Blessa” is a glistening piece of pop confection, and has a touch of Panda Bear/Animal Collective magic to it; hints of Atlas Sound are evident elsewhere (“Imprint After,” “Minors”), with melancholy, glittering keyboard lines snug inside a languid, hazy wrapping.  A ‘70s soul aesthetic is buried/woven into the sound pastiche that is “Fax Shadow,” while tracks like “Thanks Vision”  — with its distorted vocal loops, hatcheted beats and majestic washes of subtle ambient sound — show Bundick for the knob-twirling wizard that he is. The title track and “Low Shoulders” are all sunshine and playful, dance-floor swagger. What’s not to love?

EDITORS’ NOTES

The “chillwave” tag may be a thing of the past by the time you read this (and probably should be), but count Toro y Moi among the original purveyors of said music. South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick is Toro y Moi, and armed with a laptop and other plug-in devices, he makes lovely, airy pop music that’s perfect for a rainy Sunday or a late-night, dreamy come-down from club noise. Opening track “Blessa” is a glistening piece of pop confection, and has a touch of Panda Bear/Animal Collective magic to it; hints of Atlas Sound are evident elsewhere (“Imprint After,” “Minors”), with melancholy, glittering keyboard lines snug inside a languid, hazy wrapping.  A ‘70s soul aesthetic is buried/woven into the sound pastiche that is “Fax Shadow,” while tracks like “Thanks Vision”  — with its distorted vocal loops, hatcheted beats and majestic washes of subtle ambient sound — show Bundick for the knob-twirling wizard that he is. The title track and “Low Shoulders” are all sunshine and playful, dance-floor swagger. What’s not to love?

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