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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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
194 Ratings
194 Ratings
noir_dub ,

An album that brings back nostalgia and a sense of yearning

Chaz Bundick is Toro y Moi. This is one of those albums that stirs up emotions in you. For me, they are mostly positive ones; the kind of music you listen to when your driving on the coast of California and the sun is setting. Or that type of music that gives you a sense of passionate yearning, but you don't know what you're yearning for... Yet. This album is beautifully glitchy and lo-fi, and in every sense strange and melodic.

Today I was sitting at my usual cafe. They have outdoor seating, so I smoke my cigarettes, drink my coffee, listen to my iPod, read/write and take in the scenery and people watch. Today was one of those wonderfully warm and gorgeous days -- I was in Oakland and it was unseasonably warm for this time of year-- and the sky was blue and the clouds were this pristine white. The leaves were all around me and the sun started to set. And I was daydreaming the whole time while listening to Causers of This. This is defnitely a dreamy album with a heavenly dreamy sound. The whooshing melodies with reverberating synths, keyboards, electro glitches, and r & b/hip hop/pop inspired beats make for a great sound. The vocals sound like angels are singing. There's a lot of sweet cooing and "ahhhhh"-ing.

My two favorite songs out of all of them are: "Imprint After This" and "You Hid" because these songs remind me of how I felt about this guy in my life that I let go of awhile back. That sense of yearning for him comes back everytime I listen to these songs.

All the songs are excellent and the album is definitely cohesive. I can pretty much listen to the whole album straight through without skipping around and I'm still satisfied. So I'd defnitely recommend this album to anyone.

THUNDERLIPS50 ,

great music. nuff said.

Chaz killed it. great album, definitely worth buying. Talamak is an eargasm.

Justin Garcia ,

Chilled out and funky

If you liked Neon Indian or Washed Out you'll love Toro y Moi. Real funky chilled out beach rock meets Michael Jackson on acid.

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