Live review: Toro Y Moi @ the Larimer LoungeBy Marc Hobelman | April 1st, 2011 | No Comments »
Bundick is the founding member and front man who is responsible for the thick musical aesthetic that sold out this show days ahead of time. Toro Y Moi has a style dripping with ‘70s and ‘80s pop appeal, but it maintains a level of electronic, experimental originality that lumps it clumsily into a number of cutely named indie genres.
Unlike his first album, there’s barely any sampling in newer material from February’s “Underneath the Pine,” which made up most of the show. Bundick wields a Rhodes keyboard while he oozes falsetto. The effort he’s put into playing physical instruments really makes the performance buzz. He could easily be a computer musician, but has decided to buck that trend in favor of something more “real.” The highs are kept pretty ethereal with all of that live processing while the lows stay locked in tight, traditional grooves. Although the levels were much louder than you might like for listening to this style, Toro Y Moi reproduced the warm quality of the album with stark accuracy. Turning up these funky, floaty songs in a setting like Larimer transforms the normal head-bobbers into pick-up-your-feet, eyes-closed-types. It furthermore amps up the swayers into hands-in-the-air dancers.
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