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Toro Y Moi shares video for “Never Matter” Third LP, Anything In Return, out now on Carpark Records

VIDEO: Toro Y Moi – “Never Matter” (Dir. by Steve Daniels)

Toro Y Moi previously shared videos for “So Many Details” and “Say That” from his new album, Anything In Return. Now, you can watch a new video for “Never Matter” over at Gorilla vs Bear. The video was directed by Steve Daniels, who also directed the video for “Still Sound” (from Underneath The Pine), and was shot in Toro Y Moi’s hometown of Columbia, SC.

About Toro Y Moi:

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.

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.

Since then, Bundick has proven himself to be not just a prolific musician, but a diverse one as well, letting each successive release broaden the scope of the Toro Y Moi oeuvre. The funky psych-pop of 2011’s Underneath the Pine evinced an artist who could create similar atmospheres even without the aid of source material and drum machines. His Freaking Out EP, a handful of singles and remixes, and a retrospective box-set plot points all along the producer/songwriter spectrum in which he’s worked since his debut, and Anything In Return is another exciting offering that shows he’s still not ready to settle into any one genre.

TORO Y MOI

03/30 Sao Paulo, SP – Lollapalooza Brazil
04/03 Sao Paulo, SP – Beco 203
04/05 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Niceto Club
04/06 Santiago, Chile – Candelaria Bar
04/07 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza Chile

05/27 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

06/03 – Paris, FR – Cabaret Sauvage

06/04 London, UK @ KOKO
06/05 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
06/06 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
06/07 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2
06/08 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Arches
06/09 – Manchester, UK @ Parklife Weekender
05/24-05/27 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Fest

06/21-6/23 – Dover, DE – Firefly Festival

07/11-07/13 – Mariaville, NY – CAMP Bisco Music Festival

07/12-07/14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival

Toro Y Moi “Lyin (Pt. 1-4)” / Dog Bite “Would Be”
Carpark Records
Street Date: Jan 29, 2013
7″/MP3

Toro Y Moi
Anything In Return
Carpark Records
Street Date: Jan 22, 2013
CD/LP/MP3

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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Toro Y Moi announces Record Store Day 7″ & shares first song from new LP

Anything In Return out Jan. 22 on Carpark

STREAM: Toro Y Moi – “So Many Details”

Since 2009, Chaz Bundick’s output as Toro Y Moi has bounced back and forth from the work of a “producer” and that of a “songwriter.” His debut, Causers of This, introduced him to the world as more of the former, with sampled snippets and effects populating much of the space between the record’s slow-motion dance beats. The funky psych-pop of 2011’s Underneath the Pine evinced an artist who could create similar atmospheres even without the aid of source material and drum machines. His Freaking Out EP, a handful of singles and remixes, and a retrospective box-set plot points all along the producer-songwriter spectrum, and his newest 7-inch, “So Many Details,” (from his forthcoming third album) sees him poised directly in the middle of the two.

Situated in a slightly darker setting than we’re accustomed to hearing from Bundick, “So Many Details” builds on a foundation of rolling hi-hats and deep, syncopated kick drums, letting highly variable elements pass in and out of the mix. A slightly fuzzy bass line carries much of the melody, drunken synth stabs try to keep up with the vocals, and lilting guitar adds tension as the track reaches its peak. The producer’s hand is extremely apparent here- not least in the sampled vocal punctuations that give it a hip-hop-indebted confidence- and Bundick spends much of the track adding, subtracting, and putting effects on a handful of elements. Remixing himself on the B-side and enlisting Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats, Bundick keeps the vibe and shape of the original intact. Trimming off the emotive peaks and valleys to give Hodgy’s verse more space, the remix’s languid funk sounds like West Coast hip-hop radio of yore. Sounding quite assured in what some may call this songwriter’s return to producer-hood, “So Many Details” is an exciting aperitif for the next Toro Y Moi full-length. The 7″ will be available as part of Black Friday Record Store Day on Nov. 23.

Toro Y Moi
So Many Details 7″
Carpark Records
Street Date: Nov 23, 2012

A. So Many Details
B. So Many Details (Toro Y Moi remix, feat. Hodgy Beats)

Toro Y Moi
Anything In Return
Carpark Records
Street Date: Jan 22, 2013
CD/LP/MP3

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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Afro-Punk Announces 7th Annual Festival, August 27-28! Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon , Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch, and more to be added

Afro-Punk Announces 7th Annual Festival, August 27-28! Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon , Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch, and more to be added!

2011 Festival will also include the first annual Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Festival and Harley Davidson/Black Chrome Custom Bike Show

The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for the 7th Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 27-28. The 2011 festival has the most stellar line up yet with Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch and more to be added! In addition, the NikeBattle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester.

There are some very exciting new additions to the festival this year! Over 20 of the NYC area’s hottest food trucks and vendors have been brought together for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival, which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the festival. In addition, Chef Marcellus Coleman, Executive Chef of Alias Restaurant in NYC, will provide his eclectic contemporary American cuisine to the festival artists, athletes and VIP’s.

Afro-punk has invited Harley-Davidson and Brooklyn Black bike scene documentarians, Denim and Chrome, to collaborate on a custom bike show featuring dozens of exotic custom bikes created by black riders in the NYC area. The custom bike show will also serve as the backdrop for the Harley-Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 Calendar, photographed by Darius Vick, which will featureexquisite tattooed beauties each month for bike fans across the country. In addition, the festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-punk fans at the Festival and Afro-punk will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.

Described by the New York Timesas putting “rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,” the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk’s stages.

Afro-Punk 2011 Band Lineup

Cee-Lo Green
Santigold
Janelle Monae
Fishbone
Jay Electronica
Toro Y Moi
Toshi Reagon
Ninjasonik
Cerebral Ballzy
Gordon Voidwell
Reggie Watts
Res
Joi
Rocky Business
Straight Line Stitch