Sunday, February 6, 2011

Toro y Moi: Underneath the Pine

Well, what can I say? It seems Toro y Moi has taken an entirely different route with the release of his newest album, Underneath the Pine. This thing is all soul-jazz-funk to me. This ain't no disco or any kind of chillwave I've ever heard. I keep hearing this and expecting a 2 minute sax solo to break out. Almost exactly like MGMT, Chad has completely changed his sound of music. There will be no doubt a plethora of haters; however, I still find this album quite enjoyable, though it has not taken a place in my top albums like Causers of This accomplished. The use of live instrumentation is heard all throughout, with some of the most diverse tracks being "Elise", "Still Sound" and "Go With You". There's a lot here to digest here, less flashy than Causers of This, but still good in its own right. All things aside, I would say this is an underwhelming release.


Toro y Moi's Underneath the Pine gets an 8.3 out of 10. It's worth a shot, that's for sure.

This could definitely win the "Most Appalling Album Cover" award.

11 comments:

  1. Saw this on pitchfork, great artist!

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  2. aah , everything is perfect, even the cover!

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  3. I've always seen this album cover floating around, always wondered what kind of music it actually was.

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  4. Damn, is this funky or fxxxing what? Great recommendation, I can't wait to jam to this in the car on my way to work tomorrow.

    Also, nice blog. I popped around some of your other reviews and quite frankly, I am impressed. Excellent job.

    /Following

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  5. sweet its like a modern "the doors" kind of sound

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  6. that's a crazy album cover. I'm digging the song. His voice seems familiar.

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  7. Sounds good. I only knew 'Freak Love', but I might download more.

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  8. Good album, Causers of This was better though. Still like it, I hope he goes back to his older sound. Saw him live in Boston, he was pretty good, but he played a short set, only one song in the encore, and played almost totally stuff from this album, only like 2 or 3 from Causers.

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  9. yea, that cover is disgusting

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