Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo
You would be forgiven for mistaking his name Chaz for Chad, only if we were talking about a college frat boy. Once you hear his album, you will never forget his name: Chaz Bundick, far from a college frat boy. Chaz has done it again, releasing a relaxing, dreamy, indie pop album is what he has come to be known for. His latest offering (his 5th album) Boo Boo does not disappoint.
Throughout the album, Chaz addresses issues that have seemingly plagued his mind for a while. This can be seen where he sings "wasn't even thinkin' we were goin' worldwide/thinking it was better than the southern life", sung on No Show, this shows that ever since Chaz has attained a greater global following his life has changed dramatically, and he is unsure as to whether he enjoys it better now or if he enjoyed it better when he was less known, perhaps he is still adapting, all bar his music.
Chaz has continually grown with, changed with and adapted to the times; that being what is seen through pop music as reoccurring instrumentations, while still maintaining his "indie" moniker in both music and his fashion choice. However, this album does not lose the funk that Chaz has previously brought to the table on albums - notably 'What For?', but it does feel as if there more sincerity this time around.
The instrumentation of the album merges quirky synth patterns and uncanny drum sequences while still pleasing to the ear. If Chaz attains mainstream fame, I would not be surprised to one day hear his music being played on Smoothfm. Take it as you will, but Chaz creates melodies that force you to ask yourself why you bother to stress at all, while remaining current regarding instrumentation, almost sometimes seemingly extraterrestrial, especially on 'Mirage'. Where the combination of his voice and the synth lead to something out of E.T.
The album is an arena for reflection, as the listener is taken on a journey through the listen. The self-analysis that can be found through the record can be intuitive seen through “Inside my Head” or more navel-gazing (much like Turtlenecked) on “Windows.”
The single of the album “Girl like you” boasts pitch perfect vocals on top of each other, above a murky, gooey, fluid bassline.
One of my personal favourite attributes of the album is the flow between songs. Immaculate, to the point where it often hard to distinguish exactly when a song has started and ended. This makes listening to the album in one sitting not only easier but a necessity. As time will run away from you, without the usual pause between songs, it is far easier to get lost in the record.
Go on, give the record a listen, decide as to whether or not you enjoy it. Either like it, love it or hate it. Doesn't matter, you gave it a go. You won't know what you're missing out on otherwise.
Author: Tommy Boutros
Tommy, is a 20 year old student, writer, viewer, foodie, musician and coach whose ultimate goal is to write for Rolling Stone. Classic cliche, when words fail, music speaks. Tommy writes words about the music that speaks, how it makes him feel, how it could make you feel and why you should listen.