Toro Y Moi at Neumos 9/20
There is no better candidate to open a Toro y Moi show than Anthony Ferraro, who plays keys for Toro’s touring band. Anthony’s group, Astronauts, etc. is the perfect pairing for this tour, bringing cool melodic dream pop to a swaying crowd. The rising quintet combines groovy guitar sounds and subtle drum beats to complement Ferrero’s soft vocals and synth. Astonauts, etc. proved themselves to be artists to watch with their release of the album Mind Out Wandering just days before the beginning of tour. Hopeful for a headlining show from these guys soon!
While prepping the stage for Toro’s set, the newest album Samantha from the chill wave pioneer serenaded the crowd. If you are a stranger to this album it’s probably because Chaz Bundick snuck a dropbox link into his Instagram bio when it dropped about a month ago. Samantha has grown to become one of my favorite projects that Chaz has released, so many different influences and features fill this album making it a true piece of art. This record immerses you in heavy bass, floating vocals, spoken word and even the world’s most beloved monologue in all of history (from The Notebook, so grab your tissues). Continuing with his tradition of touching on love and loss but adding dark undertones, Samantha is a beautiful bridge between expectations and reality.
Needless to say it made me more than eager for Toro y Moi to take the stage. The thing I love most about Chaz as an artist is how true he is to his craft. Most musicians don’t take the time to grow, especially as they become known. Chaz, however, has added an impressive number of genres to his bill only making him a more powerful and appealing artist as time passes. This has been proven to me as I’ve watched his evolution over the past few years, and being my third time seeing him live I can confirm that no show of his is ever the same as the next. In his live show, he sings the songs he has written with the conviction and emotion that they entail. Blazing through fan favorites such as “Rose Quartz” and “Empty Nesters” the group let no time slip between songs. Another thing I love about Toro y Moi as a whole, is since the band’s passion is truly the music they make use of every second of set time, which as a fan is so appreciated. As he played songs from his second newest record, “What For?”, the crowd became entranced with the music. With 70’s influences What For? is a perfect sing along album, and everyone in the crowd was doing just that. Tying up the night with a two song encore including one of my personal favorites “So Many Details”, Toro y Moi once again gave Seattle an unforgettable experience. I truly urge every Toro y Moi fan to attend his live show; it is an experience that is almost indescribable. Seeing Chaz in his element (making music) and with the ease that it comes to him helps you understand just exactly how true of an artist he is.
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