September 10, 2013

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Relatively quiet as kept, Toro y Moi has made the biggest strides of any young songwriter. A few years ago, his songs felt like wispy pretty sketches, insubstantial enough to get wiped out in the next chillwave. Since then, he absorbed the lessons of Dungen and Dam-Funk, merged them with always salient affection for J Dilla, and become one of the best musicians of his generation. “Campo” comes from a 7″ that he’s selling on his new tour and it’s great. Funky and unpredictable, with iridescent synths and hand drums and odd piano flourishes that fade in and out.  Out of a retro-worshipping breed, Chaz Bundick figured out how to warp. Chillwave is a punch-line now, but being wavey is permanent.

 

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