Toro y Moi

Anything in Return (Carpark)

ACL Music Fest 2013 Sunday Reviews

Toro y Moi

Anything in Return (Carpark)

Three albums in, Chaz Bundick's solo project Toro y Moi has leapfrogged blissy, computer-fog peers, and now sounds less and less like a hypothetical band. January's Anything in Return feeds an audio dopamine drip – synchronized, compartmentalized, and gorgeously sequenced chilled-out funk. Lead single "Say That" drops roots in early techno, bouncing around pillowed drums and an elastic vocal sample, while "Cola" might be the first electro slow jam worth our attention. There's some whiff of discord here, strained relationships in our current tour-heavy economic environment, but that's only there if you want it. "Grown Up Calls" dials up a clown-honk synth too irresistible for extended rumination. The one problem? Bundick doesn't have a great voice. A one-man vehicle such as Toro y Moi won't fix that issue any time soon, so it might be time for some extra help. (5pm, Bud Light stage)


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