Toro Y Moi: turn­ing up the buzz

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

Chaz Bundick is Toro Y Moi, a South Carolina one-man band whose slow-burn­ing, lo-fi dream-pop odysseys have been ex­cit­ing mu­sic blog­gers and new mu­sic tal­ent spot­ters for the past cou­ple of months.

Causers of This is the first of two planned Toro Y Moi al­bums in 2010, and we can ex­pect a more am­pli­fied buzz about Chaz and his tunes to fol­low. It’s an al­bum with a lot to ad­mire and love, as Bundick chan­nels his fond­ness for slightly out-of-fo­cus beats and bleeps into an oc­ca­sion­ally mes­meris­ing, some­times cap­ti­vat­ing wash of sound.

Fans of new-ish dream­pop acts such as Mem­ory Tapes and Washed Out will find much to like here.

Bundick first made an im­pact with home-state band The Heist and the Ac­com­plice, but it’s his Panda Bear-like at­mo­spher­ics, fizzy in­die echoes, dis­torted lo-fi freak­outs and breezy, soul­ful sweeps of sound that have caused much more of an re­ac­tion.

When he’s not in Toro Y Moi mode, Bundick pro­duces house cuts as Les Sins, though he’s hardly go­ing to have much time for that side project in the com­ing months, es­pe­cially if he ex­pects to get a sec­ond al­bum out.

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