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Toro y Moi freezes out chillwave as a genre

Chaz Bundick’s project set the bar for chillwave, but now he’s bored by it

Photo: PHOTO BY ANDREW PAYNTER, License: N/A

PHOTO BY ANDREW PAYNTER


In the same interview, however, Bundick talked about how he’d rather pursue music as a hobby than as a full-time career; earlier in 2013, he told Pitchfork, “I only consider myself a musician because a label puts out my music.” But he also changed up for Anything in Return, a tour de force of danceable, front-lit pop music, a far cry from the skewed, sun-fried vibe of his early work. The album features Bundick at his most reflective, returning again and again to lyrical themes of leaving home (he moved away from South Carolina for the first time in his life) and maturity (he followed his girlfriend to California so she could pursue a Ph.D. in environmental engineering).

So what’s next? Two weeks ago, he made a hilarious mannequin-kissing cameo in a Chromeo video, and in January, he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But otherwise, he’s been uncharacteristically silent since that May Rolling Stone interview, when he hinted at new material veering in rock, punk, folk and even Beatles-esque directions.

“I’m constantly changing my sounds. I don’t want to get jaded doing music … ’cause that happens all the time to musicians.”

Related: Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick on writing in a vacuum, visiting Tokyo and digging XXYYXX

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