2018-12-06T15:40:15-05:00 2018-12-06T14:47:12-05:00

ICYMI: Toro y Moi is extraordinary on "Ordinary Pleasure"

Toro y Moi seems poised to drop one of the funkiest albums of 2019. After last year's semi-sullen breakup record, Boo Boo, Chaz & Co. are ready for what I hesitate to call a "return to form." It's really not - but Toro is definitely exploring exciting new territory. "Ordinary Pleasure" is the latest dance-pop banger from the prolific songwriter who has proven himself at the top of his game. Toro's seventh album, Outer Peace, is a welcomed lean to house-oriented dance with an array of oddball expressions and textures.

Tribal bongos mixed with space-aged delay sounds give way to a liquified bouncing bass. If this pleasure is ordinary, I must be incredibly boring. Bundick's doubled vocals are cool and carefree given the fact this is the second consecutive single where he addresses his mortality,

Does sex even sell anymore? 

I feel like I've seen it all

Or maybe I'm just old

Or maybe I'm just bored

There's an underlying theme with both "Ordinary Pleasure" and lead single "Freelance" that embraces a sense of "norm-core" and feeling comfortable in the mundane. Even the album title hints at finding a sense of ease in a world run by hype and clout. The chorus of this track is undeniably enjoyable regardless of the meaning. Slinky analog synths bop back and forth building up to a beautiful conclusion.

Toro y Moi's seventh full-length, Outer Peace, is due January 18th, 2019 on Carpark Records

Catch Toro y Moi on tour in 2019:

1/14 - Oakland, CA @ New Parish#
1/15 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore% (Sold Out)
1/16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore% (Sold Out)
1/17 - Portland, OR @ 45 East (DJ SET)
1/18 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom* (Sold Out)
1/19 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune (Sold Out)
1/20 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune
1/23 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall^ 
1/24 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater^ 
1/25 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's BBQ^
1/26 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger^
2/15-17 - Miami, FL @ iii Points Festival (DJ SET)
3/1 - Phoenix, AZ @ M3F Festival
3/20-24 - Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
5/26 - London, UK @ All Points East

# = w/ Salami Rose Joe Louis
% = w/ Tanukichan
* = w/ Old Grape God
^ = w/ Wet
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