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This review is from: Underneath The Pine (Audio CD)
I was a tad cool about Toro Y Moi's 2010 album debut 'Causers Of This'.
Chazwick Bundick nonetheless deserves a listen with 'Underneath The Pine'.
His second offering for Carpark Records is a far more convincing affair.
The lo-rise-trouser-cuffs-in-the-mud-summer-of-love ambience is largely
intact but Mr Bundick seems to have grown in confidence in the tune
department. The undifferentiated sonic sprawl of his last recording has
been trimmed down and refined and the self-restraint proves to be no bad thing.
The wispy vocals and watery harmonies remain but have greater presence
and character. Take or leave the "Chillwave" moniker and on the other
side of Dingly Dell there is (following a brief instrumental introduction)
a collection of ten rather splendid new compositions. Mr Bundick's affection
for 70's disco remains alive and kicking on tracks like 'New Beat';
the deliciously sunny 'Still Sound' and the lusty almost Barry White-ish
sprawl of final track 'Elise'. However, the stuttering beats of 'Go With You';
the voiceless tropical island travelogue vistas of the almost divine 'Divina'
and the restless darker insinuations of 'Light Black' lead us down some
intriguingly diverse new avenues with not a dead end or a clanger in sight.
For my money the truly delightful 'Before I'm Done' delivers the album's
finest moment within which which Mr Bundick summarily convinces me that he
has a far better voice than he had deigned to share with us in his earlier work.
It is a very pretty song, performed with good grace and not a little love.
'Underneath The Pine' carries our hero's vision forward to clearer
horizons than of yore. I am prepared to follow to see where he goes next.