Toro Y Moi at Lollapalooza 2012 | Photos and music review
Toro Y Moi's set was a microcosm of its career: Chazwick Bundick gets better and better. Started as a bedroom project of chilltastic proportions in South Carolina, Toro Y Moi blossomed from trend-chasing narcotic trance-pop to lite jazz between albums one and two. "How I Know," from that sophomore platter, Underneath the Pine, is akin to a garage Stereolab live. "New Beat" proves Bundick keeps Stevie Wonder LPs close at hand. The new, new jams, which fill the back half of the set, see Toro growing into a new-millennial funk act. Undulating bass pulses under disco high-hat as Bundick sings, somewhat thinly (this is his and chillwave-at-large's major failing), "She's alright, I'm alright." I write in my notebook that what this music needs is sex. Even when Stereolab was reciting Marxist philosophy, it was seductive. Maybe that was just the French. Anyway, right on cue, Bundick, dressed for the lido deck in white slacks, white polo, triggers some thick low end and starts crooning, "I just wanna go inside. I just wanna tease ya tonight. I'll hit you right." I think, Aw, shit, some blog critic is getting laid tonight!