Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return


Chillwave. There’s something about that word that just doesn’t fit into Toro Y Moi’s repertoire in 2013. After evolving considerably with the psych-funk-soul bonanza of his second album Underneath the Pine Chaz Bundick left all of his other peers — if you can even call them equals — chillin’ in the dust.

Bundick is without a doubt the most talented artist to be confined to chillwave so hearing his intentions go in another direction once again is something to anticipate. And Anything in Return doesn’t disappoint.

Described by Bundick as “sincere pop music” the album is not quite that simple. Beginning with his own idea of early ’90s house on the opening “Harm in Change” he continually flips the script springing from digi-funk West Coast hip-hop Italo disco synth-pop and PBR&B (forgive me for using this).

I often hate genre bouncers but Toro Y Moi does it without showing the seams. I could argue that the pop isn’t quite as bubblegum as I’d hoped or that he doesn’t come off any more daring than he was on Underneath the Pine but Bundick feels like he’ll be around for an eternity which should be enough time for him to find perfection.