Toro y Moi at the Music Farm – A Show Review

This show was full of surprises. However, they weren’t surprises for the mass of Toro y Moi fans that packed the Music Farm this passed Tuesday. They were surprises to me, an avid music fan but an ignoramus in regards to this man’s body of work. Going into this concert I was really only familiar with two Toro Y Moi tracks. One of them was a tune he produced for the now disbanded avant-garde hip-hop group Das Racist entitled “Tight” and the other was a remix he did of Washed Out’s track “Feel It All Around.” Therefore, before I stepped into the venue on Tuesday night I was under the impression that Chaz Bundwick (his government name) was primarily a producer and a DJ.

Wrong. It turns out that this dude is a singer, guitar player, keyboardist and bandleader as well. The full band setup on the stage made it very clear that this was not the funky DJ-set I was anticipating. Instead, the first few notes released from Bundwick and co.’s instruments perfectly paired with the backdrop behind them of swirling psychedelic colors. Toro y Moi’s set was drenched in 70s nostalgia. Bundwick, for the most part, was singing in the higher registers of his voice, while the rest of the band supplied the audience with catchy riffs and danceable grooves. The electronic elements were present, with synth breaks and drum-machine assistance thrown into a handful of songs throughout their set. However, the majority of the tracks performed were focused around this 70s rock sound. Even though this style of music isn’t in my current rotation, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Bundwick has some serious musical-range and I have a tremendous amount of respect for any artist who is willing to mix up their sound.

Josh Cronin

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