Toro Y Moi is back, good people!
After a couple of releases as Les Sins and Sides of Chaz, Chaz Bundick is releasing his 4th proper studio album under his definite most successful moniker Toro Y Moi.Â The new album “What For?” drops April 7th, as usual via Carpark Records. Judging from the first available track “Empty Nesters” it seems as he’s taking a trip back to his more indiepop/rock oriented work, but it certainly has that Chazzy soul that we’ve come to expect. The versatility and productivity of this fella is really something else, and he keeps playing with genres and doing things the way he want’s! No need to mention that I’m stoked about this album, so I won’t.. Check out “Empty Nesters” further down, it’s a gas!
The Limited Deluxe LP is limited to 1,100 copies on Blue & White Starburst Vinyl, and comes in a gatefold jacket with an exclusive poster and sticker designed by Chaz Bundick (digital download included)
I advice you to jump in ASAP, if you want this edition.. 1100 may seem like a lot, but these will all be gone pretty fast!
1. What You Want
3. The Flight
4. Empty Nesters
7. Spell It Out
8. Half Dome
9. Run Baby Run
10. Yeah Right
April 7th, 2015
Pre-orders will receive an instant download of first single "Empty Nesters." All LP and CD pre-orders will ship by or before the April 7th, 2015 release date. Digital downloads will become available at 7 p.m. EST on April 6th, 2015.
The limited Deluxe LP, initial run of 1,100, is in a gatefold jacket and features blue and white starburst vinyl with an exclusive poster and sticker designed by Chaz Bundick, plus a digital download card.
Orders that include available products and pre-orders will be shipped together when the pre-order product is ready.
Opening to the scream of F1â€™s speeding around a racetrack, and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from Toro Y Moi is
definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter, is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is obvious that each song is
crafted around a personally meaningful experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics just vague enough to let each listener mold it into something unique. Chaz presents you with a few themes: love, beauty, nature; and gently lets go of your hand so you can wander off on your own.
A feeling of searching for something threads its way through every song on the album, which is aptly named What For? It feels contradictory in a very human way, like Chaz is swinging between waiting for something and not being able to wait anymore. But the swinging isnâ€™t panicked or frustrated, itâ€™s just a situation that heâ€™s reflecting on. The songs are heavy with nostalgia, too, for simpler times, better music, more fulfilling relationships. Chaz references Weezer to warn you that â€śthere is no one to destroy your sweaterâ€ť and, in another song, recalls Big Star to declare that â€śrock and roll is here to stay.â€ť It feels like he misses everything (even things he wasnâ€™t around for yet), but is somehow excited for what comes next.
What For? is a glimpse into the life of a guy trying to figure out what it all means. The music is influenced by bands like Big Star, Talking Heads, Tim Maia, Todd Rundgren, but it doesnâ€™t quite sound like any of them in particular. And it isnâ€™t trying to. It has that special something that Chaz imbues in every Toro Y Moi album, his personal filter on the world he experiences. So whatever message you take from the album, donâ€™t forget that itâ€™s good. As Chaz himself so candidly believes, â€śGood is good. Good finds its own audience.â€ť
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive