Watch Toro Y Moi perform “High Living”


The product of a move from South Carolina to Berkeley, CA and the subsequent extended separation from loved ones, Toro Y Moi’s third full-length, Anything in Return, puts Chaz Bundick right in the middle of the producer/songwriter dichotomy that his first two albums established. There’s a pervasive sense of peace with his tendency to dabble in both sides of the modern music-making spectrum, and he sounds comfortable engaging in intuitive pop production and putting forth the impression of unmediated id. The producer’s hand is prominent- not least in the sampled “yeah”s and “uh”s that give the album a hip-hop-indebted confidence- and many of the songs feature the 4/4 beats and deftly employed effects usually associated with house music. Tracks like “High Living” and “Day One” show a considerably Californian influence, their languid funk redolent of a West Coast temperament, and elsewhere- not least on lead single, “So Many Details”- the record plays with darker atmospheres than we’re used to hearing from Toro Y Moi. Sounding quite assured in what some may call this songwriter’s return to producer-hood, Anything in Return is Bundick uninhibited by issues of genre, an album that feels like the artist’s essence.

Toro Y Moi – “High Living” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Chaz Bundick has been toying with various musical projects since early adolescence. Having spent his formative years playing in punk and indie rock acts, his protean Toro Y Moi project has been his vessel for further musical exploration since 2001. During his time spent studying graphic design at the University of South Carolina, Chaz became increasingly focused on his solo work, incorporating electronics and allowing a wider range of influences- French house, Brian Wilson’s pop, 80s R&B, and Stones Throw hip-hop- to show up in his music. By the time he graduated in spring 2009, Chaz had refined his sound to something all his own. Music journals across the board touted his hazy recordings as the sound of the summer, and he released his debut album, Causers of This in early 2010.


02/05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks *+
02/06 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage) *+
02/08 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle *+
02/09 Richmond, VA – The National *+
02/10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *+
02/11 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *+
02/13 New York, NY – Webster Hall *+
02/14 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *+
02/15 Boston, MA – Paradise *+
02/16 Montreal, QC – Club Soda *+
02/17 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *+
02/19 Chicago, IL – Metro ^+
02/20 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe ^+
02/21 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre ^+
02/23 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater ^+
02/24 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge ^+
02/26 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret ^+
02/27 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile ^+
02/28 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^+
03/01 San Francisco, CA – The Independent ^+
03/02 San Francisco, CA – The Independent ^+
03/03 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre ^+

* w/ Wild Belle
^ w/ Sinkane
+ w/ Dog Bite

Toro Y Moi “Lyin (Pt. 1-4)” / Dog Bite “Would Be”
Carpark Records
Street Date: Jan 29, 2013

Toro Y Moi
Anything In Return
Carpark Records
Street Date: Jan 22, 2013

1. Harm In Change
2. Say That
3. So Many Details
4. Rose Quartz
5. Touch
6. Cola
7. Studies
8. High Living
9. Grown Up Calls
10. Cake
11. Day One
12. Never Matter
13. How’s It Wrong

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