Toro Y Moi's prolific Chaz Bear moved for awhile to the wilds of Portland to make his previous album Boo Boo. Whilst there he got to thinking about how technology ruins our day to day lives and the constant instant gratification we experience. I hope this leads to a Toro Y Moi album that we can enjoy as much as his earlier albums as Chaz himself could possibly do with a step away from the computer to re-discover some form.
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He didn't listen did he? Two albums ago I begged...pleaded with Toro Y Moi to take a break from constantly churning out new material and spend some time getting some actual good songs together that could match up to his first two albums 'Causers of This' and 'Underneath the Pine'. Instead what do we get? Two further new albums - both rubbish, then his collaboration with Mattson2 two with a couple of good songs and not much else.
This latest Toro Y Moi album is barely worth the vinyl it is pressed on. A series of forgettable electro-pop tracks that seem to have been dredged up on one afternoon and lacking in the kind of soul and textures that is needed to make this kind of music work. The downside of working on a laptop (because we know he does) is that his music has an awful plasticy sound to it that prevents it from being, funky, soulful or emotive in any way shape or form. Production choices have been made quickly and without thought and there is a lack of layering in his sound that ensures that you won't want to play each track more than once.
Lazy, lazy music. Listen to 'Laws of the Universe'. Where does it go? Go on tell me. Half way through the vocals stop and there's a bit of a gap and Chaz Bundick mutters 'James Murphy Is Spinning At My House'. How long did he spend thinking of that I wonder? All of 5 seconds just like the rest of this hastily slopped out album.
I'm sorry, I can't accept albums this half arsed. He's proved himself in the past to be talented. This is simply not acceptable. I'm not accepting it.
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