New Music: Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2 – “JBS”

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 17: Toro y Moi performs live for fans during the 2014 Big Day Out Festival at Western Springs on January 17, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Jason Oxenham/Getty Images)

Seemingly without hesitation, Chaz Bundick is already onto something new. In the last few months, we’ve seen the musician once known as Toro y Moi release ambient soundscapes and summerset psych-rock. Most recently, he announced a new project alongside twin musicians Jared and Jonathan Mattson called Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2, which is both the name of the group and its first album together. The group collaborated on the Toro y Moi album Live From Trona last year, and their first collaborative single “Star Stuff” dished out dreamy reverbs and face-melting solos that called something closer to Phish than any former chillwave affiliates.

“JBS,” their latest release, doesn’t sound all too distant from moments on Bundick’s 2011 solo album Underneath the Pine, leaning in on a mid-tempo soul-groove with warm hi-fi bass and an elaborate 70s pedalboard. Somewhere between a George Benson and an Al Green, Bundick’s voice comes in with a hushed, wide-eyed presence, gently breaking through the mix with clarity before diving back into a knotted mess of runny solos. Listen below.

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