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A Toro y Moi Dance Party at Terminal 5

October 24th, 2013

Toro y Moi – Terminal 5 – October 23, 2013

Almost exactly one month after friend and fellow synth-pop artist Ernest Greene (Washed Out) headlined the same smoky room, Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi, packed Terminal 5 last night for a colorful dance party. For well over an hour, Bundick and his four-piece backing band churned out lush dance tune after tune. After three albums and almost half of a decade of making music, his show has grown diverse, with slow grooves like “High Living” and balancing out the bouncier numbers, like “Low Shoulder.”

And while Bundick’s music has been dance-worthy since he began releasing it a few years ago, his band rounds out the sound and helps keep the energy flowing better than just one man can in a big room. However, the crowd wasn’t solely focused on dancing. If anything else has become apparent at Toro y Moi’s shows, it’s that Bundick has gained quite a following. Between each song the silence was buoyed by shouts of all sorts of variations on “I love you Chaz!” Bundick does certainly seem like an easy guy to like, either for his heady falsetto voice that matches his musical style oh, so well, or for his synthesizer mastery (watching him tap out parts of his songs with his eyes closed is something else).

There were moments when Bundick even broke out of his shell behind the keyboards, as he grabbed the microphone and started to wander a bit to his left or right as he sang, but he never went more than a few paces before he returned to his instruments. Those hints of a true frontman presence teased just how much more there is to come from Toro y Moi, promise that will almost certainly be delivered on when he returns to fill another room with even more adoring fans looking to dance. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com


Cut Loose Tonight with Toro y Moi at Terminal 5

October 23rd, 2013

While in high school a decade ago, Chaz Bundick began recording music at home in Columbia, S.C. (“It started as bedroom project and it pretty much still is at the moment.”) But since graduating college in 2009, he’s been able to put those years of producing and making music to prolific use, releasing his first Toro y Moi album, Causers of This, in 2010, and its follow-up, Underneath the Pine, in 2011. Earlier this year, Toro y Moi (above, performing “High Living” live in studio for KEXP FM) released his third full-length, Anything in Return (stream it below). It’s a “bigger-sounding album, more accessible and poppy,” he says. And Pitchfork agrees: While they say the LP “isn’t dance music proper, nor does it aim to be,” it is filled with “silky R&B, roller-rink pop, bubblegum funk, tasteful chill-out music, all unified by a voice that’s grown more confident with time.” And that goes for his stage presence too, which you can see for yourself tonight at Terminal 5.


Toro y Moi – Webster Hall – February 13, 2013

February 14th, 2013

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

(Tonight’s Toro y Moi show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is sold out.)