Toro y Moi is sharing a new video for “Lilly,” from the new album What For?, today, watch it here. Made with the help of Ray-Ban and premiered on their “Never Hide Noise” YouTube channel, the video was directed by creative duo HARRYS.
Of the video, HARRYS says, “When he’s not out touring, Chaz is home living the domestic life. The video depicts a typical, ordinary day-in-the-life of Chaz Bundick as he goes shopping for groceries. The store begins grounded in the mundane but gradually slips into another dimension…”
What For?, which Nylon says “finds him tackling—and mastering—psychedelic pop…” and Paste calls “another exciting step in a new direction for Toro y Moi,” is available here and receiving critical acclaim:
“…feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results…psychedelic swirls of guitar, keys and harmonizing vocals shake free of gravity and wobble up toward the sky like a balloon…Toro y Moi’s breezy groove makes for a perfect springtime listen.”—NPR
“…the South Carolina singer/producer has gotten better…Switching up sounds is daunting, and Toro’s one of the few that do it confidently almost every go-round…and we hope he keeps going”—The FADER
Toro y Moi is currently on tour of the U.S. and Canada with appearances including Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands as well as headline dates nationwide. Tickets are available now at toroymoi.com/shows.
Toro y Moi frontman and creative force Bundick has also partnered with Frequency Wine on the inaugural collaboration of their Artist Series, designing the label and creating an exclusive mix for their 2014 Frequency blend. For more information, visit Frequency here.
Recorded in Bundick’s Berkeley, CA home studio over the course of 2014, What For? draws inspiration from Big Star, Talking Heads and Todd Rundgren, as well as Brazil’s Tim Maia and France’s Cortex, among many others. Unknown Mortal Orchestra guitarist Ruban Nielson appears on the album, as does multi-instrumentalist Julian Lynch.
“I’ve done electronic R&B and more traditional recorded type R&B stuff. I just wanted to see what else was out there,” Bundick says of the record. “It’s all coming from the same mindset and point of creativity. It’s just me trying to take what I already have, and then taking it further.”
Having spent his formative years playing in punk rock bands and studying graphic design at the University of South Carolina, Bundick began making bedroom recordings under the name Toro y Moi in 2001. Those early recordings made up the seeds of his critically acclaimed 2010 debut album Causers of This, which was hailed as “a bold introduction to a promising newcomer” by Filter. Bundick went on to record 2011’s highly regarded Underneath the Pine and the Freaking Out EP before making his move to California in 2012. Toro y Moi’s critically-adored Anything In Return followed in 2013, along with the debut full length from Les Sins, Bundick’s dance music project in 2014.
TORO Y MOI LIVE
April 30 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer†
May 1 New York, NY Terminal 5‡
May 2 Northampton, MA Pearl Street†
May 3 Boston, MA Paradise†
May 5 Toronto Danforth Music Hall†
May 6 Detroit, MI Magic Stick†
May 7 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre†
May 8 Columbus, OH Skully’s Music Diner†
May 9 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall†
May 10 Nashville, TN Exit/In†
May 12 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 13 Columbia, SC Music Farm**
May 14 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse**
May 15-17 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Festival
May 18 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s**
May 19 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall**
May 20 Austin, TX Emo’s**
July 31-August 2 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
July 31-August 2 Montreal, QC Osheaga
August 7-9 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands
*with Mattson 2
†with Vinyl Williams
‡with Vinyl Williams and Sinkane
- with Vinyl Williams and Of Montreal
**with Keath Mead