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    Grumpy Old Man Music Head's Avatar
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    Default Toro Y Moi - Causers Of This

    released Feb 2nd, 2010

    from the album - Minors

    YouTube - Toro Y Moi "Minors"

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    Chaz Bundick started making bedroom recordings under the name Toro y Moi in his native Columbia, SC in 2001. Drawing from a wide-ranging array of influences (Animal Collective, Daft Punk, and J Dilla among them), Bundrick had a couple albums' worth of material ready for release eight years later. He was slated to release two full-length albums on Car Park Records in 2010: one, a dreamy, indie electronic affair (something like a cross between Panda Bear and Beach House); the other, a jumpy, garage-influenced indie pop effort that nodded to Saturday Looks Good to Me and Guided by Voices. In the meantime, Car Park released Toro y Moi's debut 7" split single, Blessa/109, featuring one track from each of the forthcoming discs, in 2009.

    album review

    Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick, who began making bedroom recordings under that name in 2001) was slated to release his first two albums in 2010, and Causers of This is the first of them. Causers of This sounds like a dance-pop mixtape plunged underwater -- it's all smeary synthesizers, chopped-up dance beats, and washes of reverb. In other words, it's a sound similar to that of Neon Indian or Washed Out (which makes sense, seeing how Washed Out's Ernest Greene and Bundick were friends well before this album came out). Causers of This' main appeal is in its subtlety, and there's real pleasure to be found in all the little sonic tweaks and doodads Bundick has tucked into each track (a ghostly mesh of sampled vocals on "Fax Shadow"; a delicate drumbeat echoing, as if suspended midair, on "Minors"). But in the face of how imaginative and meticulously crafted it is, Causers of This is surprisingly forgettable. It's not that the album isn't interesting (it is!); it's simply that no one track sticks out. "Blessa," with its haunting, chant-like lyrics ("Come home in the summer...It's all right/I'll fill you in, fill you in") comes close, but comes to an end before it really hits its stride; "Minors" gets closer (Bundick's reedy vocals offer a nice contrast to the track's big basslines, booming reverb, and swollen synths), but it lacks a pronounced hook; and "Low Shoulder," a dancy, squinchy single, something like a sweet, shy mash-up of Pacific! and Cut Copy, comes so close it almost hurts (leading one to wonder why it wasn't given a spot earlier in the album). That said, Causers of This is a promising album; it's well worth a spin or two if, say, you're a fan of Neon Indian in the mood for something a little more introspective, and it's reason enough to stick around for Bundick's sophomore effort.

    Track Listing

    1 Blessa Bundick 2:43
    2 Minors Bundick 3:02
    3 Imprint After Bundick 3:04
    4 Lissoms Bundick 2:13
    5 Fax Shadow Bundick 2:51
    6 Thanks Vision Bundick 3:44
    7 Freak Love Bundick 2:52
    8 Talamak Bundick 2:27
    9 You Hid Bundick 3:24
    10 Low Shoulder Bundick 3:35
    11 Causers of This Bundick 6:07
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    Record Producer JonG's Avatar
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    I have not heard this album, but based on the comparisons to Beach House, Panda Bear and Neon Indian I believe this one actually fits in the "Alternative/Indie" board. But it doesn't really matter and I am just guessing.

    Maybe I should just listen to the youtube linked song. Yes, this is more "alternative" than "electronic". But that's cool. Like I said it doesn't matter much.
    Last edited by JonG; 07-02-2010 at 16:02.

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