TORO Y MOI - SANDHILLS

TORO Y MOI - SANDHILLS

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Released: 27/10/23 (delayed from 20/10/23)

Toro y Moi – AKA Chaz Bear – on the other hand has been playing effortlessly with markedly different sounds since he first broke out with his brilliant 2010 debut Causers of This. Toro y Moi’s sound is often described as ‘chillwave’ – but let’s not call it that, for its reeks of peak Pitchfork twattiness. Much better is to say that Toro y Moi perennially incorporates pop, disco, psych, hip-hop, indie rock, ambient and more into his albums – and Sandhills, for the first time since the very earliest Toro Y Moi handmade CD-Rs, masterfully mines folk and country, with banjo and lap steel flourishes and wide-eyed wonder. A heart-rendingly gorgeous love letter to Bear’s hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, the EP recalls Sufjan’s Seven Swans and Iron & Wine’s Our Endless Numbered Days in its stripped back intimacy – and is easily the match of those two classics. One has the feeling that this exquisite EP may be but a brief pit stop before Bear returns to business as usual, which makes it all the more important to savour it while we can.