Toro Y Moi: Underneath The Pine

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Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine
​Chaz Bundick -- otherwise known as Toro Y Moi -- made quite a name for himself with his 2010 debut album Causers Of This. That particular album was to be the first of two released in 2010 -- one was to be a more electronic offering, the other with more live instrumentation. Underneath The Pine, Bundick's second Toro Y Moi album which sees its release today, didn't quite make its 2010 deadline. However, that detail only matters to those who knew of Bundick's lofty plans.

Underneath The Pine is a more mellow -- albeit funkier -- album than Causers. It definitely has a more live, instrument-driven feel as opposed to that album's electronic, laptop-centric music. The end result shows Bundick's wide breadth as a musician -- channeling his smoother, more downbeat side. By changing his sound in such a ingenious manner, it's rather clear to see that Bundick's goals are of the lofty variety.

What the critics are saying:

The Guardian: This second effort takes in retro pop, soundtracks, live instrumentation and the Beach Boys, but loses Toro's all-important digital edge. Underneath The Pine is relentlessly beatific.

NME: Bundick began writing it the day after the funeral of a friend; the title refers to his desire, when he shuffles off to join the great majority, to be buried. He's reflecting on how love inevitably becomes loss, but this is neither grim nor glib; instead it sparkles with humanity.

Drowned In Sound: And with its ambient, abstract, grapefruity breakdown, it demonstrates that the results are hardly verse/chorus straightforward - that the aim to ease, electronically, into a listener's subconscious has by no means been abandoned.

Pretty Much Amazing: What this record really excels at is surprise. From "Divinia"'s beautiful simplicity to the peculiar wonder of "Good Hold," Chazwick Bundick releases yet another crowd-pleaser and, most likely, will gain a whole new legion of fans to boot.

Underneath The Pine is out now via Carpark Records. Here is the video for "Still Sound:"

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