Chaz Bear, known by his stage persona as Toro Y Moi, is an instrumentalist with translucent ability. The light surrounding the supporting guitars, synths, drums, and his light, airy voice all are swaddled by the sphere of sound he’s able to capture. A musician noted by an iconic star such as Tyler, The Creator is sure to have some ability that is worth peering attention towards.
Listeners may have noticed the shift in tone and perspective throughout the years that Bear has approached. Each of his works demonstrates a tweak in the direction he takes.
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One of his first albums, Causers of This (2010), was a nice compilation of flavorful vignettes that ranged in quality that seemed to stretch beyond the common man’s understanding of sound. The album was an alternative portrait of dance-inspired rhythms and ethereal sound bounces that haven’t been toiled much before the album release.
Compare that album with his collaborative album with Jazz duo, The Mattson 2. Live From Trona trod the path more based on live instrumentation, with heavy focuses on Alternative Rock and Electronica.
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Outer Peace is Bear’s effort to streak the substances of outer space. The synths and snares all emphasize extraterrestrial grooves that substitute well for the various genres that are apparent in this album.
Outer Peace reigns strong with ten tracks that allow Bear to venture into his Funk-influenced persona and assimilate the genre into the modern platform of Pop, Trap, R&B, and Electronic music.
Ordinary Pleasure is a personal favorite from the album. The track curdles its vibrations with electronic grooves that bounce along a crenulated pattern. Included with the grooves is Bear’s chorus that stays on point with the tempo. His chorus pounces towards a gushing hook that only a light voice like his could rarefy a beat like this.
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A similar track that follows that same path is the track Who Am I. Although wrapped with more Pop appeal, it still utilizes the extraterrestrial grooves that made Ordinary Pleasure such an appealing tune.
As Ordinary Pleasure follows that path, a song like Monte Carlo follows the sound of Atlanta Trap and R&B. The conventional Trap bass is supported by harmonizing hooks, airy chords, and both Bear and WET’s vocal and lyrical hooks. The song New House follows a similar Trap path, although emphasizing more on Bear’s use of soft, quiet synthesizers.
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With typical Toro Y Moi approach, there is an eclectic collection of modern textures to dazzle at and flavors to enjoy. It’s always exciting to see what other sounds he’ll approach next. Due to that statement, Chaz Bear has much power in his grip and much love to give to his listeners.