Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Campo"- Toro y Moi

While making the promo rounds for his very good 70s-indebted Anything In Return earlier this year, Toro y Moi brain-child Chaz Bundick asserted "I already know I'm not going to make an album like this again." The opening low-end bass rumble and in-the-pocket drumming renegs of new single "Campo" renegs on that bet in a matter of seconds. Bundick's fragile tenor and shy soul-pop sound recall the heights of Stevie Wonder's 70s run, if Wonder had the vocal mettle of Benjamin Braddock. Bundick is "partially for this" when committing to the long-distance proposition. Diminutive piano notes scurry through openings in a self-assured lock-step groove, as a squelching synthesizer signals Bundick's "chillwave" past. "I'll pick it up," he promises in between verses. He's taken the torch of loping psychedelic soul-pop and ran with it into his own lane. The only lack of confidence is in the lines.  

The "Campo" single backed by B-side "Outside With You" will only be available on tour; dates for which can be found below:

9/30 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory (w. Vinyl Williams)
10/1 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
(w. Vinyl Williams)
10/2 Tucson, AX - The Rialto  (w. Vinyl Williams)
10/6 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/8 Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom (w. Classixx)
10/9 Austin, TX - Emo's
(w. Classixx) 
10/10 Houston, TX -House of Blues (w. Classixx)
10/11 Dallas, TX - House of Blues (w. Classixx)
10/13 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/15 Nashville, TN - Exit/In (w. Classixx)
10/16 Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre (w. Classixx)
10/17 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club (w. Classixx)
10/18 Columbia, SC - Columbia Museum of Art (w. Classixx)
10/19 Charleston, SC - Music Farm (w. Classixx)

10/21 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (w. Classixx)
10/22 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar (w. Classixx)
10/23 New York, NY - Terminal 5
10/25 Boston, MA - House of Blues (w. The Sea and Cake)
10/26 Montreal, Quebec - SAT (w. The Sea and Cake)
10/27 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre (w. The Sea and Cake)
10/28 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre (w. The Sea and Cake)
10/29 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall (w. The Sea and Cake)
10/30 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre (w. The Sea and Cake)
11/1 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom (w. Classixx)
11/2 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11/3 Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre (w. Classixx)
11/4 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room (w. Classixx)
11/5 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater (w. Classixx)
11/6 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre (w. Classixx)
11/7 Aspen, CO - Belly Up (w. Classixx)
11/10 Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theatre  (w. Classixx)
11/12 Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
11/13 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11/15 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11/16 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern


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