Toro Y Moi & Red Bull Music Academy Host Album Listening Event in LA, 12/14-16
Toro Y Moi and Red Bull Music Academy previously announced special album listening events in Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA. Now, fans in Los Angeles will be able to experience the same unique experience from December 14-16 at HVW8.
At these events, fans have the opportunity to hear Toro Y Moi's upcoming third album, Anything In Return, months in advance of release. All the events feature 13 original drawings from Chaz Bundick on display, each paired with a corresponding song from the album that fans can listen to via Incase headphones. "I just wanted to do something fun for this album release," says Bundick.
The event in San Francisco will be taking place this weekend at Public Works. All gallery events are free and 21+.
The product of a move from South Carolina to Berkeley, CA and the subsequent extended separation from loved ones, Toro Y Moi's third full-length, Anything in Return, puts Chaz Bundick right in the middle of the producer/songwriter dichotomy that his first two albums established. There's a pervasive sense of peace with his tendency to dabble in both sides of the modern music-making spectrum, and he sounds comfortable engaging in intuitive pop production and putting forth the impression of unmediated id. The producer's hand is prominent- not least in the sampled "yeah"s and "uh"s that give the album a hip-hop-indebted confidence- and many of the songs feature the 4/4 beats and deftly employed effects usually associated with house music. Tracks like "High Living" and "Day One" show a considerably Californian influence, their languid funk redolent of a West Coast temperament, and elsewhere- not least on lead single, "So Many Details"- the record plays with darker atmospheres than we're used to hearing from Toro Y Moi. Sounding quite assured in what some may call this songwriter's return to producer-hood, Anything in Return is Bundick uninhibited by issues of genre, an album that feels like the artist's essence.
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Chaz Bundick has been toying with various musical projects since early adolescence. Having spent his formative years playing in punk and indie rock acts, his protean Toro Y Moi project has been his vessel for further musical exploration since 2001. During his time spent studying graphic design at the University of South Carolina, Chaz became increasingly focused on his solo work, incorporating electronics and allowing a wider range of influences- French house, BrIan Wilson's pop, 80s R&B, and Stones Throw hip-hop- to show up in his music. By the time he graduated in spring 2009, Chaz had refined his sound to something all his own. Music journals across the board touted his hazy recordings as the sound of the summer, and he released his debut album, Causers of This in early 2010.
Since then, Bundick has proven himself to be not just a prolific musician, but a diverse one as well, letting each successive release broaden the scope of the Toro Y Moi oeuvre. The funky psych-pop of 2011's Underneath the Pine evinced an artist who could create similar atmospheres even without the aid of source material and drum machines. His Freaking Out EP, a handful of singles and remixes, and a retrospective box-set plot points all along the producer/songwriter spectrum in which he's worked since his debut, and Anything In Return is another exciting offering that shows he's still not ready to settle into any one genre.
TORO Y MOI ON TOUR
11-16−11/18 - San Francisco, CA - Public Works #
12/14-12/16 - Los Angeles, CA - HVW8 #
01/30 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
01/31 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls *+
02/01 Dallas, TX - Trees *+
02/02 Austin, TX - Emo's East *+
02/04 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *+
02/05 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *+
02/06 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven Stage) *+
02/08 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle *+
02/09 Richmond, VA - The National *
02/10 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *+
02/11 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *+
02/13 New York, NY - Webster Hall *+
02/15 Boston, MA - Paradise *+
02/16 Montreal, QC - Club Soda *+
02/17 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *+
02/19 Chicago, IL - Metro ^+
02/20 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe ^+
02/21 Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre ^+
02/23 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater ^+
02/24 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge ^+
02/26 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret ^+
02/27 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ^+
02/28 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^+
03/03 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre ^+
# Album Listening Events w/ RBMA
* w/ Wild Belle
^ w/ Sinkane
+ w/ Dog Bite
Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return
Street Date: Jan 22, 2013
1. Harm In Change
2. Say That
3. So Many Details
4. Rose Quartz
8. High Living
9. Grown Up Calls
11. Day One
12. Never Matter
13. How's It Wrong
The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who make a difference in today's musical landscape. Two groups of 30 selected participants - producers, vocalists, DJs, instrumentalists and all-round musical mavericks from around the world - come together in a different city each year. For two weeks, each group will hear lectures by musical luminaries, work together on tracks and perform in the city's best clubs and music halls. The Academy began back in 1998, and has been traversing the globe since: from Berlin to Cape Town, São Paulo, Barcelona, London, Toronto and many other metropolises.The upcoming edition of the Red Bull Music Academy is set to take place in New York City from April 28 through May 31, 2013. For in-depth interviews, live recordings and exclusive content with today's essential music makers and yesterday's pioneers, visit www.redbullmusicacademy.com.
"San Francisco's home to the underground" Mission neighborhood club, gallery & event space that features an eclectic mix of programming- from international touring DJ's and bands to art shows, indie acts, food events, burner parties and more. Well known for creative events and breaking fresh talent.
HVW8 Art + Design Gallery was founded in 2006 with a focus on supporting fine art & avant-garde graphic design. It soon became one of the premier underground gallery's in Los Angeles and over the past 6 years has exhibited emerging and established artists from around the world. HVW8 has also hosted numerous musical performances and special events, continuing to cement its reputation under gallery curator Tyler Gibney as an exhibition space for artists to showcase their varied creative expression. Past exhibitors include Parra, Geoff McFetridge, Kevin Lyons, Anthony Lister, Lance Mountain, Lisa Leone, Craig Costello (aka Krink) and more.
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