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Toro y Moi’s Underneath the Pine was one of 2011's best albums: its combination of ethereal ambience, cool-toned funk, and pop melodicism hit the sweet spot. (Toro y Moi is the moniker of South Carolinian Chaz Bundick.) June 2009, released a year after Underneath the Pine, is a collection of the singer/songwriter's early efforts. One standout, “Take the L to Leave,” recalls Ariel Pink, and at various points (including the excellent “Ektelon”) lo-fi granddaddies Pavement come to mind. The brief, dreamy opening of “Dead Pontoon” is pure Toro y Moi; it has the distinctive hazy sound that Bundick later developed into fully formed pop songs. “Talamak,” which is on 2010’s Causers of This, is here in a less streamlined version. “Warm Frames” surrounds listeners with a cloud of layered vocals and gentle, reverberant guitar strumming. The closer, “New Loved Ones,” is what Bundick sounds like when things get stripped down to a song, a voice, and an acoustic guitar.

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Toro y moi

Yeah you ( guys) pretty much are my favorite artist ...... And im currently waiting for this to finish downloading so I can zone out to another masterpiece ..... Peace ,

asi asi

what happened chaz?? lost the 'pine'/'sweet' vibe .. very anticipated. but bored..

Not a good song in the bunch

Seriously, is this the same Toro y Moi? It's obviously the very first songs, ever recorded, most likely the tunes that never made the cut on any of the other albums. This is dull, uninspired, certainly not entertaining. Clearly a cash grab. And apparently some of you are falling for it.


Born: November 7, 1986

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Chaz Bundick started making bedroom recordings under the name Toro y Moi in his native Columbia, South Carolina in 2001. Drawing from a wide-ranging array of influences (Animal Collective, Daft Punk, and J Dilla among them), Bundick had a couple albums' worth of material ready for release eight years later. He was slated to release two full-length albums on Carpark Records in 2010: one, a dreamy, indie electronic affair (something like a cross between Panda Bear and Beach House); the other, a jumpy,...
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