-By Jeremy Vollen, New Music Director
Toro y Moi’s newest creation, LP “Anything In Return,” starts off stronger than any of his last albums and, although it stalls a bit, for the most part flows well and finishes strong. Also known as Chaz Bundick, Toro y Moi makes beats that will put any listener into a trance, giving me the feeling that Bundick would be a more-than-adequate Hip-hop producer, oddly enough. The jazzy, fragmented beat in “Touch” draws a strong comparison to Flying Lotus’s newest LP “Until the Quiet Comes.” Bundick’s vocals on this album act more like a melodic instrument than anything, especially when they are mirrored by synthesizers at choice moments during the album. In terms of structure, the album opens strong with the build-up of “Harm in Change,” but climaxes too early at its third track “So Many Details,” which represents the quintessence of Toro’s dance-y vibes and remarkable songwriting. If I have any complaints about this album, it is that it seems to taper off as it goes, staying fresh but not as enthralling. Nevertheless, Bundick is yet to disappoint and is also churning out albums at a pace that could not make fans (myself included) any happier.
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