If you’re looking for a way to make it feel like summer in the midst of D.C.’s dismal February, here’s your chance. On Feb. 10, Toro Y Moi will bring their warm electro-pop music to the 9:30 Club and make us all reminisce over summer music festival season.
The talented artist behind the project is Chaz Bundick, a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Columbia, S.C., who is backed by a three-piece band. In 2010, Bundick first received attention after releasing his debut album, Causers Of This, which was heavily praised by many music websites and blogs, including Pitchfork.
Though originally labeled as part of the sub-genre “chillwave,” Bundick’s music has transformed to incorporate more R&B textures and hip-hop vibes. And, over the last six months, music critics have praised his newest album, Anything In Return, as polished and clearly indicative of his ability to balance his own eccentricities with an element of cool.
That’s definitely not to say that Bundick hasn’t always had the swag he has now—his first two LPs and 2011′s most excellent EP, Freaking Out, undoubtedly seduced his fans with their hazy and funky 1980′s vibes. But after a few years of experimentation, Bundick has finally lived up to his full potential.
Anything In Return accomplishes two things that Bundick has apparently been working to master over the past few years: featuring deeply personal lyrics that venture into the pain and passion of his past relationships and creating a musical platform that fully complements the former without falling into classic R&B clichés.
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