Toro Y Moi, 'Underneath the Pine' (Carpark)

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Underneath the Pine
Critical Mass
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Label: Carpark

by Marc Hogan

With 2010's Causers of This, Chaz Bundick ambled to the front of the bedhead synth-pop scene -- dubbed chillwave after a blogger's in-joke. The South Carolinian's second album as Toro Y Moi keeps that unhurried glide, but ditches the electro-R&B samples for ornately funky lounge pop, often with a live, improvisatory feel. David Axelrod's plush grooves, Ennio Morricone's CinemaScope expanses, Brian Wilson's tragic kingdom: Underneath the Pine has deep roots. And, beneath woozy sighs and richly varied arrangements, deep uncertainties. "I can wait," Bundick insists on psych-pop stunner "Elise." Save the last laugh for him.

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