New York – What For?, the newest record from indie soul artist, Toro y Moi (known offstage as Chazwick Bradley Bundick), is out today via Carpark Records.
Toro y Moi is currently in Europe for a final show in London tomorrow night, but, will be back in the U.S. just a few days from now for his scheduled performances at several festivals that include: Coachella, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, WA. (Seattle fans will remember the musically intriguing show Toro y Moi gave in November 2013.) Bundick will also be headlining shows venues around the country that will include: Terminal 5 in New York City, the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. and a sold out night at The Fonda in Los Angeles.
Full tour information, as well as ticket can be found through HERE.
Aside from playing many shows, Toro y Moi has also connected with Frequency Wine for the inaugural collaboration of their Artist Series, designing the label and creating an exclusive mix for the wine company’s 2014 Frequency blend.
More information on that project can be found through Frequency, HERE.
A singer, songwriter and producer, Toro y Moi recorded What For? over the course of last year at his home studio in Berkeley, CA. This fifth album finds inspiration from the likes of Talking Heads, Big Star and Todd Rundgren, in addition to Brazil’s Tim Maia and France’s Cortex, among several others. Ruban Nielson, guitarist in Unknown Mortal Orchestra also contributes on the album, along with multi-instrumentalist Julian Lynch.
Bundick elaborates on how he went into the making of What For?:
“I’ve done electronic R&B and more traditional recorded type R&B stuff. I just wanted to see what else was out there. It’s all coming from the same mindset and point of creativity. It’s just me trying to take what I already have, and then taking it further.”
Bundick spent his early years playing in punk rock bands while also studying graphic design at the University of South Carolina. Eventually this led him to begin making bedroom recordings under the name Toro y Moi, back in 2001. Those early recordings made up the foundation of his highly acclaimed 2010 debut album, Causers of This. Toro y Moi then went on to record 2011 follow up, Underneath the Pine and the Freaking Out (EP) before moving out to California in 2012. A year later, Toro y Moi’s critically-adored album Anything In Return was released, along with the 2014 debut full length from Les Sins –Bundick’s dance music project.
Check out the SoundCloud stream for the single “Run Baby Run,” found below, as well as the video for “Empty Nesters,” which was directed, written and shot by Bundick.