Synth funk and alternative R&B aesthetics clash on Toro y Moi's latest album.
Toro Y Moi's latest album is a sweet, catchy blend of disco and psychedelic pop, backed by some of the project's best songs yet.
An odd collaboration between Mat Cothran (Coma Cinema), Patrick Jeffords (Toro Y Moi), Katie Lee (Braids), and Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid) has released a five-track EP. It's backed by a lot of dark, sleazy synthesizers that produce some really appealing jams. Vocals are primarily performed by Cothran, and the lyrics seem to be very much like his other projects as well.
The bass and drums create some pretty compelling head bobbing grooves as well. As gloomy and dark as the humming synthesizers can be there is still a lighter side to the arrangements, giving these tunes far more dimension and depth. This is not at all a collaboration that I was expecting, but after hearing it I definitely want more.
In the new video for Toro y Moi's Underneath The Pine cut "How I Know," three friends explore a haunted house late at night. Over the course of the next three minutes, they all die spectacular deaths. One suffocates on bubble gum, one gets electrocuted by spaghetti, and one of the guys actually ends up getting decapitated by a loose DVD. By the end, they're all ghosts, and a ghostly dance party ensues. A chillwaver's play on the witch house phenomenon, perhaps?
Watch a review of Underneath the Pine here.
Toro Y Moi's latest LP is a noticeable improvement compared to the sketchbook of ideas that made up his last album, Causers of this. Underneath the Pine is loaded with light, pretty arrangements and dancey disco beats. The songwriting and vocals aren't always standout, though. While the whole album may not feel standout, it's a nice and easygoing experience, for sure. Great for soundtracking a small get together or an all-night sexcapade.