Friday night brought for us another trip to the ‘Dise. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s one of my favorite places in Boston and a revolving door of great indie acts. This time, we stopped by to see Toro y Moi. I didn’t know much about these guys before Friday (I gave the tickets to my bf for his birthday, as he’s a more active fan), but what I discovered was a tight-sounding quartet whose music I found at times lounge-y, always groovy, and heavy on danceability. They’re really good. (It’s funny what a live music experience can do to change your perspective–I’ve heard Toro y Moi plenty while driving to and from work with my iTunes on shuffle, but, as I don’t typically favor anything that so much as hints at disco or funk, I usually skip over them. Not anymore!) And judging from my writhing, grinding neighbors in the sold-out crowd (which was thick with bearded hipsters, nerdy college boys in wool sweaters, PDA-heavy gay couples, and everyone in between), I wasn’t alone in my sentiments. Everyone was digging it.
Mr. Toro y Moi himself is 26-year-old Chazwick Bundick, a South Carolina native and University of South Carolina grad who started out making music in his bedroom as a high school student. His popularity gained momentum with the rise of the chillwave movement in 2010 and 2011. He’s also produced a number of records. Not bad for 26.
Anyway, I’m no authority on Toro y Moi, so I’ll leave all other facts and figures to someone more qualified. In the mean time, check out his website, or head to Amazon, where you can pick up his latest album, Anything in Return. (Better yet, if you’re in the Boston area, keep your business local and pick it up at Newbury Comics, where I got all my TyM loot.)
If you’re relatively new to Toro y Moi like I am, give a listen to “New Beat,” from his 2011 album Underneath the Pine. It’s a good starter track. (Though everyone whose input I’ve heard on the matter agrees that Anything in Return is excellent. So, perhaps start there.)
Toro y Moi still have a few tour dates left this spring. If you’re nearby, get tickets. You’ll be glad you did.
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
03/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
03/29-31 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
04/06-07 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
*It’s a bad photo, I know. When you’re 5’3″ and stuck in the back of a GA space in a sea of giant concert-goers, you do the best you can.