Toro Y Moi

Keath Mead - "Grow Up"

Keath Mead - "Grow Up"

Sounds Like: Chilled out singer/songwriter plugged into the glitches and  bleeps of the information age; heady beach sunset rock by way of South Carolina; 10cc; Todd Rundgren.

Why You Should Care:  If Toro Y Moi aka Chaz Bundick’s ringing endorsement of “Listen to this good s###.” (Mead recorded this and other tunes with Bundick), then how about this: A hearty mix of quarter-life anxiety mixed with some sterling pop chops has never steered anyone wrong? That do it for ya? 

Best of 2013 (So Far): Thor's Picks

10. The Front Bottoms  - Talon Of The Hawk

This is something I was shocked I liked, usually the ingredients of rambled lyrics, pop punk guitars (especially acoustic ones) and horns in an indie context and a fan base with an extreme amount of 13 year olds would make me cringe, but something about the likability of this New Jersey rock and roll band has me coming back for more. Their live shows will soon be infamous for their energy, and their lyrics speak to the 13 year old in us we didn’t know still existed.


9. Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return

Toro Y Moi has slowly but surely been finding his niche in the music world. As one of the forerunners of the genre known as “chillwave” he has gracefully moved on from the buzzed genre to becoming a solid electronic pop artist that understands the importance and smoothness of ‘80s artists like Hall and Oates  and comes out the end with a more and more refined sound.


8. The Men - New Moon

The Men have been shifting and morphing ever since they started on 2011’s Leaving Home. Starting out as a noise ridden punk band the Brooklyn rock band has evolved to something much more mature and on their latest they retain the energy of their live shows but crash land in Neil Young/Crazy Horse mode. They didn’t sell out and go soft, they just went somewhere else, and I can’t wait to see how this bands discography looks in five years from now.


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Toro Y Moi @ 9:30 Club!


If you're digging the new Toro Y Moi album Anything In Return, released last week on DC's own Carpark Records, then have we got a sweet deal for you. 

We want to send you and a friend to Mr. Moi's synthpop-infused, electronica-tinged, chillwavey dance party going down Sunday, February 10 at 9:30 Club! Also on the bill are Moi's labelmate Dog Bite and indie rock sibling duo Wild Belle.  

To enter the giveaway, you must be willing to bring your dancing shoes, move your hips, and do one of the following:

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Please note that only one entry per person will be counted.

We'll be picking a winner THIS AFTERNOON, so don't snooze on entering! GOOD LUCK!


TRACKING: Toro Y Moi - "So Many Details"

SOUNDS LIKE: Washed Out, Small Black, Passion Pit
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE: The man behind the phrase, er, genre known as "chillwave" is crossing over?

Chaz Bundick, the mastermind behind the group Toro Y Moi and The Master of Chillwave is ready for a change supposedly.  From his first Toro Y Moi EP's, full of guitar driven lo-fi bedroom confessions, Bundick cleaned up the fidelity and boosted up the bass on 2010's Causers Of This.  He then took the best of both of those worlds, combining live instruments with funk grooves to give us last year's smash Underneath The Pine.  And now, so it seems, Chaz wants to just scrub himself of any inkling of chillwave dirt that might be left on his skin.

New single "So Many Details", the first single from his upcoming Anything In Return LP, is a move in another direction, but not so much sonically.  In that much respect, the details of "Details" harken back to the best of moments of This: little twinkles of moments that sound like keyboards misfiring, quick strikes of guitar that fade in to that distance yet get caught in the psyche for the rest of the day.  His vocals have never been more clean and clear in the mix, this new song almost sounds like he's trying to be kind of like an indie version of Passion Pit, but it's just what Chaz calls his take on making quote "sincere pop music".  He wants to make his version of what's popular, and if this song is a minor detail of what else is to come, he'll be even popular yet this time next year.