Toro y Moi’s Outer Peace doesn’t sound how you’d expect
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Toro y Moi’s Outer Peace doesn’t sound how you’d expect

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Claudia Maddaluno
Outer Peace di Toro Y Moi non suona come ti aspetti | Collater.al

Usually the peace is within, so to have peace on the outside is the challenge

 

Toro y Moi‘s latest album Outer Peace, sounds like a huge challenge: how can we find our peace on the outside going beyond the intimate area?

Chaz Bundick (aka Toro y Moi) says it’s very easy to do. Outer Peace shows Toro y Moi successfully finding his balance on the outside.

The new album comes out via Carpark Records two years out from his last project, 2017’s Boo Boo, adding something really important to the whole Chaz’s research: with this album, Toro learned to explore the outside with the same depth as the inside.

In addition, this album shows Toro growing up and making music not just for himself but for the pleasure of us all.

“I named it Outer Peace because I wanted to call to people’s attention how we have not only peace within, but when you go outside and you go on a train or in a car, you have to sort of be social. That sucks. Or honestly, another way it’s connected is how I wanted to make a car record and I wanted it to be a record that brings pleasure and enjoyment in the car. I think outer peace really is just about having that balance.”

While Boo Boo sailed the melancholy and safe intimate, Outer Peace is ready to get out of the comfort zone: Toro is able to shape-shift and fit something that we would just listen to, finding his outer peace between us.

Chaz can do that because he is sure of himself: he always showed to be a multi-versed musician who works far from any preconceived genres with his freeform and balanced approach. So Outer Peace sounds balanced too.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t sound how you’d expect.
Unlike Boo Boo, Outer Peace is an unexpected pop album that mixed the music trends of the last few years in a new palatable “Toro formula”.

“Boo Boo and Outer Peace are very different. I feel like the music for Outer Peace is way more almost palatable. I wanted it to be on, and you don’t have to pay attention to it. It could just be on without making you sad. I was just like, “Man, I don’t wanna make sad music for this record.” I did that. Really, that’s the main difference is that I wanted it to be music that was a little bit more cheerful.”

Riding through different genres has become sort of maybe Chaz’s favorite sport because he had but one objective: that making a car record, “a record that brings pleasure and enjoyment in the car“. He actually wanted to make a pop record full of positive vibes, “ordinary pleasures” and peacefulness.

The song that best represents the album is Who Am I that is about trying to fight the battle of a creative identity crisis:

Kawasaki, slow it down
This might be my brand new sound
Psychedelic, oh, wow
Add an accent to your sound
Now I don’t know Who I Am

In this record Toro y Moi learned to blend into the genres, trying to find his brand new sound: Outer Peace blends Toro’s chill with elements of trap, italo-disco as well as
with influence from dance music of Daft Punk or from Drake‘s rap.

This new album is quite the departure from Boo Boo and past albums, having a kind of immediacy we’ve never found before in Chaz’s projects: songs like Ordinary Pleasure, Freelance and Miss Me (feat. ABRA) just catch you without asking your permission.

Chaz just wanted you to feel at home, even if you’re not.
So come in (or out) this record: Outer Peace is the new Inner Peace.

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Written by Claudia Maddaluno
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