Toro y Moi, also known as singer/producer Chaz Bear (formerly Chaz Bundick), will release his fifth full length album next month, titled Boo Boo. The album follows Bear’s 2015 release What For?, which swapped out his signature hazy 80’s synth instrumentals for jazz, funk, and even psych rock, strategically taking his aesthetic back a decade. His latest single “Girl Like You” has Bear returning to his house and dream-pop roots, with an effortlessly smooth, slinky synth composition, a retro piano interlude, and a half-human, half-automaton vocal track. The album is, as stated by Bear, the after-effect of trying to find yourself after years of hard work and success in such a grueling industry, as well as what you want for the future. As a result, his new sound is darker, more thoughtful, and tinged with something just personal and mysterious enough to keep indulging in the search for deeper meaning.
Boo Boo will be released on July 7th.
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