The clip introduces the members of the band as they break out into a performance of the track as Chaz Bear dances around the space. It’s taken from their latest release Outer Peace, out now on Carpark Records.
Chaz grew up in a musical household in South Carolina, where it wasn’t uncommon to hear music that varied from Michael Jackson to Elvis Costello to The Specials. He began recording his own music in high school, having 10 releases under his belt as Toro y Moi when he signed to Carpark Records in 2009.
Just before he graduated from the University of South Carolina, he caught the attention of music bloggers everywhere. His bedroom recordings were compiled into his first album for Carpark, Causers of This.
He followed it with 2011’s Underneath the Pine, which saw move away from the sample-based aesthetic of Causers and found him using live instruments. He’s released at least one album a year since then with styles varying from the psych-rock-based What For to the R n’ B of 2018’s Boo Boo.
His latest release represents a homecoming after a short stint spent in Portland. Outer Peace features appearances from friends and is more playful than the sparse Boo Boo, an album he recorded in relative isolation. The album weaves a number of influences that vary from hip-hop to Eurodance to ambient with funk mixed in.
Catch Toro t Moi on the following dates;