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TORO Y MOI (USA)
Guests: Jonti + Andras Fox
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Since his first offerings began making the Internet rounds in 2009, Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick has proven himself to be not just a prolific musician, but a diverse one as well, letting each successive release broaden the scope of his oeuvre. The funky psych-pop of 2011’s ‘Underneath The Pine’ evinced an artist who could create similar atmospheres even without the aid of source material and drum machines. His ‘Freaking Out’ EP, a handful of singles and remixes, and a retrospective box-set plot points all along the producer-songwriter spectrum in which he’s worked since his debut, and his third full-length, ‘Anything In Return’, set for release in January 2013, sees him poised directly in the middle of the two. The new album shows a pervasive sense of peace with Chaz’s tendency to dabble in both sides of the modern music making spectrum, and he sounds comfortable engaging in intuitive pop production, putting forth the impression of unmediated id. The producer’s hand is prominent with many of the songs featuring the 4/4 beats and deftly employed effects usually associated with house music. Tracks like ‘High Living’ and ‘Day One’ show a considerably Californian influence, their languid funk redolent of a decidedly West Coast temperament, and elsewhere—not least on lead single, ‘So Many Details’ — the record plays with darker atmospheres than we’re used to hearing from Toro Y Moi. Sounding quite assured in what some may call this songwriter’s return to producer-hood, ‘Anything in Return’ sees Chaz uninhibited by issues of genre, an album that feels like the artist’s essence.