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Toro Y Moi: 6 Reasons You Should Give a Damn

This is chillwave
by Gelo Gonzales | Feb 10, 2012
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News of electronic musician Chaz Bundick a.k.a. Toro Y Moi’s upcoming Manila show spread with rabid, pee-in-your-pants excitement among Manila’s plaid-wearing, fedora-donning, obscure-music-hoarding hipster elite.

“Chaz, dalian mo na. ‘Lika na rito, babahayan kita,” one fan posted on the event’s Facebook page, while another commented, “Come hither, Chaz... Your giant halo-halo awaits,” in reference to the musician’s Filipino heritage.

But those uninitiated to Bundick’s hazy electro lethargy are likely asking themselves, “Who is this Toro Y Moi dude and couldn’t he have thought of a less ridiculous name?” Well, dear reader, you can rest easy now because we are here to help.

No article on Toro Y Moi is complete without a nod to his chillwave roots. Toro Y Moi is one of the pioneers of chillwave—a contentious subgenre of electronic music that is characterized by 80s New Wave nostalgia and an affinity for synth-happy, sample-heavy soundscapes.

This subgenre materialized in 2009 when a number of laptop-tinkering lads scattered across America began crafting languid, synth-laden electronic lullabies, their works simultaneously making the music blog rounds (see also: Washed Out, Neon Indian). With lack of an umbrella term to lump these artists under, blogger Carles of Hipster Runoff—that peerless bastion of hipster journalism—christened the subgenre “chillwave”.

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