Toro y Moi - Pioneering Chillwave with a canvas full of soundscape.
Toro y Moi – Pioneering Chillwave with a canvas full of soundscape.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Toro y Moi – At Coachella 2015 – April 11, 2015

Still digging through the Coachella tapes from two weeks ago, I came across this stand-out performance from Toro y Moi, recorded on April 11th.

I admit, I wasn’t all that familiar with him until Coachella. And then I heard some of his recorded work and was blown away. I wondered why I hadn’t heard of him before – but I guess it goes to prove you can’t be everywhere all the time.

Suffice to say, Toro y Moi (or Chazwick Bradley Bundick in real life) has been actively around since 2008, and is a prominent figure in the Chillwave movement, as well as his work producing other artists.

In a live context, Toro y Moi comes with a full band and brings the whole thing to life in a luxuriant sort of way. I was struck at how much this reminded me of some of the Canterbury-period bands (i.e. early Soft Machine and Caravan). But I don’t think the similarities are conscious. All I know is, I like his work a lot – and his music, like all good music, gets under your skin and stays there. He makes a lasting impression, and that speaks volumes about his talent as a writer and musician.

I will definitely be running more live material as I find it – Toro y Moi is definitely an artist to keep an eye out for. He was one of the highlights at Coachella this year.

Turn it up and get ready for the weekend.

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