Hyped by bedroom bloggers, Chazwick Bundick aka Toro Y Moi quickly became one of the torchbearers of 2009’s chillwave movement – a genre so new its validity is still in question. But instead of releasing another lo fi adventure on a laptop, the follow-up to Causers Of This is full of lush ambiance and soul created by live instruments. Whether he’s abandoning the typecast or just maturing as a musician, Underneath The Pine is a warm welcome that surpasses the new genre’s novelty and reflects some serious songwriting.
LISTEN TO: ‘Go With You’
IF YOU LIKE THIS YOU’LL DIG: Neon Indian, Washed Out and Memory Tapes.
RATING: 3 1/2
Chillout at www.myspace.com/toroymoi.