Toro Y Moi mastermind Chaz Bundick has had a fascinating, fluid career. In the decade-or-so that he’s been in the public eye, Bundick has moved among different musical worlds: Fractured bedroom-pop, streamlined but idiosyncratic dance music, mutant R&B, fuzzed-up power pop. He always sounds like himself, but he draws on different sources every time, and a trip through his discography is a wild ride. And so the new Toro Y Moi album Outer Peace is striking largely because it sounds (maybe for the first time) mostly like a Toro Y Moi album.
With Outer Peace, Bundick has given us a half-hour of playfully sleek synthpop, pulling in influences from house and R&B and straight-up future-pop. He sings many of his songs through Auto-Tune, which never muffles the bemused silliness in his voice. One song features Abra, the Atlanta goth-soul singer, and another features a “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” riff where Bundick sings about James Murphy DJing at his house.
Outer Peace is out 1/18 on Carpark.