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.
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