Monday, April 19, 2010

Toro Y Moi - Causers of This

Album Review
April 2010

Southern bedsitter bids for king of swoon-pop

Of all the auteurs making hazy electronic pop in the mini-movement dubbed "chillwave" or "glo-fi," Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick is the one you'd most expect to cover Michael Jackson. Like Neon Indian, Memory Tapes, and Washed Out, Bundick floats dreamy yearning over lovesick synths, delicate guitars, and programmed beats. But the former punk frontman jacks more R&B than his peers. Funky bass and soulful samples add physicality to wispy apologies and shy come-ons. "It's my body's way," Bundick sings. Alas, his cover of "Human Nature" is online only.

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