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South Carolina native Chaz Bear (formerly Chaz Bundick), who records music under the monikers Toro y Moi and Les Sins has released his fifth studio album under the Toro y Moi name. His new LP ‘Boo Boo‘ was released this last friday, July 7th. It was just a little over two years between this new record and his last, the Psych-Pop infused ‘What For?‘, which (out of all of his records) strayed the farthest away from Toro’s classic Downtempo Pop approach and sound. The 30-year old is definitely an alt-pop veteran, and this album is most certainly a testament to that statement.
Chaz has a catalog of sonic textures, sounds and experimentations that outlast anyone of his contemporaries, or any relatively comparable artists for that matter. Having worked with the likes of Travis Scott, Rome Fortune, Tyler, The Creator and Cloud Nothings over the years — Toro has shown the expanse of his sounds and abilities as a producer, combined with his talents as a song-writer. In a very recent sense of it all, the collaborative album ‘Star Stuff‘ (released in March 2017) with the Jazz duo The Mattson 2 added to that very catalog as well.
Chaz has stated that he took direct influence from the likes of Frank Ocean, Daft Punk, Oneohtrix Point Never and Travis Scott to help craft this record. ‘Boo Boo’, which was recorded in Portland, Oregon from March of 2016 to this past March, definitely exercises these influences throughout the 12-song track list. The album’s tone as a whole seems to be of a hazier, more emotional variety than is typical with Toro y Moi’s past releases. The tone of the record, stemming from a breakup that occurred in Toro’s personal life, and a near death car crash — ultimately led him to take a hiatus in Portland. He eventually ended up staying there over the course of the last year, to clear his head and record his new album.
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With songs like “Mirage“, “Girl Like You” and “No Show” it is easy to get lost in the track listing of ‘Boo Boo’. All three of these tracks are bathed in synthesizers, yet have their own eclectic atmospheres, stringing along each of their own stories. Though many listeners will draw comparisons to Toro’s debut LP ‘Causers Of This‘, ‘Boo Boo’ goes even further with the quality that it provides. More spacious melodies, more ambient production, more of a constant focus on the turnout of sound on each song, and in some cases — less vocals.
This is Toro y Moi’s most eclectic album to date, being that it takes all of the qualities and production he has been known for in the past and intertwines them with his latest developments sonically.
Be sure to check out ‘Boo Boo’ on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play.
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