The product of a move from South Carolina to Berkeley, CA and the subsequent extended separation from loved ones, Toro Y Moi's third full-length, Anything in Return, puts Chaz Bundick right in the middle of the producer/songwriter dichotomy that his first two albums established. There's a pervasive sense of peace with his tendency to dabble in both sides of the modern music-making spectrum, and he sounds comfortable engaging in intuitive pop production and putting forth the impression of unmediated id.
The producer's hand is prominent- not least in the sampled 'yeah's and 'uh's that give the album a hip-hop-indebted confidence- and many of the songs feature the 4/4 beats and deftly employed effects usually associated with house music. Tracks like 'High Living' and 'Day One' show a considerably Californian influence, their languid funk redolent of a West Coast temperament, and elsewhere - not least on lead single, 'So Many Details' - the record plays with darker atmospheres than we're used to hearing from Toro Y Moi.
Sounding quite assured in what some may call this songwriter's return to producer-hood, Anything in Return is Bundick uninhibited by issues of genre, an album that feels like the artist's essence.