Toro y Moi: Empty Nesters
Toro y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, always seems to be pushing his efforts in new directions. While 2013’s Anything In Return saw the experimental artist placing his eggs into a pop structured basket, his debut album under the Les Sins moniker, Michael, went the other direction with it's house-y leaning vibes. Whatever wind fills his sails it’s always apparent that he is enjoying the process and with a new album coming out later this year he's flown the coop of his comfort zone once again to bring us it’s first single “Empty Nesters.”
With a burst of cotton candy clouds the tune begins with glam guitars and a wailing synthesizer that serves a gushing example of the way pop music should sound. Bundick reflects with a youthful sense of nostalgia, “Smothered and covered by my high school dreams, Call Mom and Daddy cause the nest is empty, and so are you…” Before we can get too comfortable with the bubblegum rock now stuck in our heads he dips into a funky breakdown like the jive turkey he has proven to be. A heavy bass thumps and lights the dance floor while tension escalates with hissing hi-hats.
What For? was written and recorded over the course of eight months at Bundick’s studio in Berkeley, CA and is due out April 7th via Carpark Records. With guest contributions from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson as well as Julian Lynch it should show an exciting new side to Toro’s ever-evolving sound.