It is somewhat of a homecoming celebration, filled with features by friends and saturated with a playfulness that had not previously been embraced in past Toro albums. . Chaz Bear formerly Bundick was a musician from birth. I needed to truly think about how the city was looking at me and where I wanted to go with this. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. Growing up, it was normal to hear music across genres, from Michael Jackson to Elvis Costello to The Specials, in the Bundick household.
Causers was one of a few albums to kick off the trend of home-recorded, hazy albums relying heavily on samples and production, evoking the feeling of a muggy, Southern summer. That carried on to music as well. It taught me how to achieve and maintain a sense of timelessness. Also in the mix, new singles from Ted Leo, Widowspeak, Frankie Rose, L. From then on, Chaz released an album every other year sometimes more frequently , each one a display of his adeptness with different genres.
One of the most successful names to come out of the chillwave movement in the early 2010s, the Berkeley, California-based musician has done much more than simply be part of the larger scene. I never really referenced music from the past until I got into graphic design. First up is a new , as Chaz Bundick Toro Y Moi and the Mattson 2 perform selections from their new collaboration, Star Stuff. Early in the morning on Easter Sunday, Bundick and the Mattsons came to our studio to camp out and record a live session. It will make the city better, it should make the Bay Area better and inevitably it should make laughs everything a little bit nicer. Before getting signed, he was already an incredibly prolific artist, having released over 10 Toro y Moi albums on his own and undoubtedly retaining a vast compendium of unreleased songs. Tune in for these new tracks, too: About The Key Philadelphia: Home to a rich musical history, a unique musical identity, and one of the nation's most thriving musical communities.
Do you care how people classify your music? Girl Like You is definitely a stand out track as it has a catchy melody and awesome rhythm section you could groove to. By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record, I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. In a scene filled with so many local bands worth listening to, there will always be new music to discover—and The Key is your source for finding it. Outer Peace stands in contrast to the more sparse and contemplative Boo Boo, an album recorded while in Portland in relative isolation. Chaz Bundick has released several albums as Toro Y Moi and one as Les Sins , and twin brothers Jonathan and Jared Mattson have released many of their own albums as the Mattson 2.
Mason Porter photo by Lisa Schaffer After a stellar midday tribute to the Grateful Dead a few weeks ago, and bring the show to the tonight. Follow Bear on Instagram and Twitter. It took me a few listens but I really appreciate the overall tone of this album. When she's not at a gig, find her hanging out with her golden retriever, drinking beer with friends or re-watching Twin Peaks for the hundredth time. He immediately made it clear that he is an extremely dynamic musician with the 2011 release of Underneath the Pine, an album recorded between tours that was composed entirely of live instrumentation, moving away from the sample-based aesthetic of Causers.
It was truly flattering, and it still is an amazing thing. Were you ever worried about being associated with one of the first trendy blog rock genres? Tickets and information for the 21+ tribute show can be found. It was kind of like more of the city recognizing you for your good work. Everyone on Company Records is based in the Bay Area. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment.
Just before his graduation from the University of South Carolina, where he earned a degree in graphic design, Chaz caught the attention of music bloggers and record labels with his dreamy, bedroom recordings, eventually compiled into his first album under Carpark Records, Causers of This. I decided that I wanted to make a Pop record with these ideas in mind. In fact, we all are! There are contemporary hip hop references mixed in with funk, Eurodance and ambient elements, all interwoven expertly and retaining that quintessential Toro y Moi aesthetic. About The Key Philadelphia: Home to a rich musical history, a unique musical identity, and one of the nation's most thriving musical communities. I want to grow and explore different types, styles and sonic palettes, whether they be lo-fi sounding or shiny and hi-fi. Favorite track: Girl Like You.
I always felt like it was helpful and useful to be connected to a scene. Has your work in that field influenced your music at all? That idea for a record is what eventually became Boo Boo. The rest of the album has this very relaxed, chill, romantic vibe to it that I really enjoy. His personal work drew upon a more vast array of influences than did his full band. I like that approach more.
Kenney was traveling with Bear and the Mattson 2 when they recorded in the spring, and it was only a matter of time before Kenney returned for her time in the spotlight. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. Joining us in the studio this time around is the Montreal duo , whose came out earlier this year on Secretly Canadian. When the Mattsons were opening for Toro Y Moi on a recent tour, talk of a collaboration naturally came up. The motivation behind making music with friends comes from the idea of building something together within our community. In a scene filled with so many local bands worth listening to, there will always be new music to discover—and The Key is your source for finding it. The release of his most recent effort as Toro y Moi, Boo Boo, saw a more introspective and stripped-down era for Bear.
Chaz Bear has written, recorded and released music under a host of names over the years, but is perhaps best known for his work as. The album is a mind-expanding collection of psychedelic rock, electronica, jazz and just about everything else the trio can throw together. What are your goals for the label, and how are you choosing who to sign and work with? On Tap: Your album Boo Boo sounded like a slight departure from the more electronic-influenced sounds of your previous efforts. How does approaching these projects differ from your own solo work? I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real. Whether listening to the psych rock-based What For? What were some of the themes surrounding this record? Before I got into graphic design, my music was more of the times: emo and post-punk stuff. His next album Outer Peace will be released on January 18 via Carpark Records. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof.