Experimental Indie Pop (Columbia, S.C.)
Somebody’s been listening to their Stereolab records — which is almost always a very good thing. One-man bedroom outfit Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) moves from its early chillwave efforts to a more groove-oriented direction on the recent full-length, Underneath the Pine. “Go with You” percolates along via snappy, head-bobbing beats and shimmering keyboards, while the funky “Still Sound” brings to mind ’70s Disco after six glasses of champagne. That’s not to say Toro y Moi has completely ignored its roots: Lilting, dreamy songs like “Divina” and “Good Hold” evoke memories of sunset-lit evenings lounging by your favorite watering hole, your partner of choice and cocktail in hand.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Stereolab, Cornelius, Caribou. (Jason Gargano, CityBeat)
~ "Toro mastermind Chaz Bundick sets trends, he doesn't follow 'em. Alongside Neon Indian and Washed Out, he pioneered a homespun style of electro-pop full of reverb, sampling and sunny melodies, called Chillwave. But on his second Toro album, Underneath the Pine, Bundick opted to record with a live band and used no samples. The result: Hello dance party!" (Spin)