Anything In ReturnAlbum |
Chaz Bundick's increasingly sharp '80s-style dance pop
The third full-length by Toro Y Moi suggests that singer-songwriter-producer Chaz Bundick has both sharpened his skills behind the board and, possibly, cut down a bit on the weed. The soft-focus psychedelic haze of Toro Y Moi's early work first lifted on the 2011 EP Freaking Out, which had the crisp brightness of a vintage '80s dance pop hit. On Anything In Return, Bundick has reverted back to the lush, lazy grooves of Underneath The Pine, while maintaining the clear sound and subtly detailed arrangements of its follow-up. (The swirling instrumental break near the end of "Never Matter" is goosepimple-worthy.) The results are his most clever and melodic tunes yet: it's almost like Frank Ocean's Channel Orange minus all the angst and regret. Fair warning: a certain fondness for Around the World in a Day-era Prince and the first few Madonna albums is probably necessary for full enjoyment.