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Toro y Moi
One of the most exciting music acts today Toro y Moi, a.k.a. Chaz Bundick, has just released his third, most ambitious album yet. ‘Anything in Return’ is one of those records which encourage you to explore relationships, ties, connections… There are fragments of funk, there are symphonies of space disco, there is, above all, his ability to construct small masterpieces of electronic pop from which it’s difficult to cut loose, that contain within them echoes of the alternative folk scene coming out of Berkeley, the Californian university city he calls home. It’s a place where you can’t escape music: on the street, in bars, clubs, and Toro Y Moi seems somehow able to synthesize this sound in to his own. The stories from these streets weave their way into Anything in Return and along with them a certain alternative, back-to-nature vibe. But not too back-to-nature – Bundick is plain that this is “music designed for dance, to party”.
There’s a lot of positivity going on here, which is perhaps one of the reasons he’s increasingly in demand. Songs like So Many Details and Cake make this a work, as he rermarked, of “sincere pop” because they speak in an upbeat way of the everyday. In addition to Toro Y Moi, Bundick produces under the name of Les Sins.