Boo Boo seems like the album released while Toro y Moi is experimenting with new sounds and Chaz Bundick hasn’t quite found it yet. After 2015’s What For?, a much more guitar oriented album, Bundick switches gears yet again to synth-drenched R & B. Which sounds great, but he hasn’t quite worked out a unique take on the genre, so most of the tracks end up sounding like rejected Weeknd tracks.
That isn’t to say that there aren’t great songs on the album, starting with the opening song “Mirage” which is a return to the Chillwave sound that Toro y Moi helped define. Emerging from a humming synth-infused soundcloud, the first track really sets a feeling. Slow and sexy, with a good beat. Bathed in haunting, sexy synth and ethereal backing vocals, “No Show” is an apology for becoming famous and continues that “I just want everyone to have a good time” vibe.
“Mona Lisa” feels incomplete. A promising sound that never really develops into anything substantial, droning on for four minutes. The most egregious misses on the album “Windows” and “Inside My Head” use Autotune on the vocals, giving the tracks a cheesy hip-hop feel.
Toro y Moi also includes two instrumentals “Pavement” and “Embarcadero” which are basically soundscapes firmly rooted in a throwback 80’s sound, that feel like filler. They don’t go on long enough to really explore a sound. “Girl Like You” and “You and I” are solid singles, that feels a little manufactured, but deliver solid grooves. “What is Wrong with the World” closes the album on a somber note.
Overall, Boo Boo is uneven, delivering some great tracks, but ultimately giving the impression that Chaz Bear is struggling with reinventing his sound. Hopefully, this was just a stepping stone to the next, fully realized album.
Check out Toro y Moi’s video for ” You and I” below:
Toro y Moi also has a video for “Girl Like You” so check it out: