By Sheena Antonios
Toro Y Moi – Outer Peace
Outer Peace is the eighth studio album from Toro Y Moi. ABRA, WET and Instupendo, all friends of mastermind Chaz Bear, are featured on the album. With every listen of Outer Peace comes a deeper understanding of Bear’s message and stylistic vision.
On the surface, Outer Peace is a fun and quirky basement jam session, while at a closer look Bear alludes to some deeper issues including climate change, consumerism and debt. Funky bass lines and sci-fi inspired samples create a disco-like feel for the album as a whole.
Recorded in the Bay area, Bear considers it somewhat of a homecoming album and has allowed himself a more playful approach to song making than what we saw on his last album, Boo Boo. Autotune is used extensively throughout the album and at times you can hear the presence of xylophone. Outer Peace is unpredictable, groovy and original.