Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. During this special podcast week, we are featuring songs by bands performing during the 2011 Decibel Festival. Today’s selection is “Freaking Out” by Toro Y Moi from his 2011 EP of the same name on Carpark Records.
Toro Y Moi, also known as South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick, has spent the last few years establishing himself as one of the figureheads of “chillwave,” a nebulous sub-genre that has begun to legitimize itself behind the success of Budnick and contemporaries such as Neon Indian, Washed Out, and Memory Tapes. Toro Y Moi recorded a promising debut album in 2010’s Causers of This, but it wasn’t until the release of his sophomore album Underneath the Pine that Bundick and Toro Y Moi began to receive widespread attention. The album features a number of aqueous, meandering, and quintessentially “chillwave” tracks as well as two infections, airtight singles in “Still Sound” and “New Beat” that caught the attention of indie fans across the country.
Only months removed from the release of Underneath the Pine, Bundick has reeled off an EP, Freaking Out, to tide over his followers until a new full-length is ready. The record’s title track and today’s featured song is an energetic, effusively-80s-inspired dance hit that rarely stops to take a breath. The same can be said for the majority of the songs on Freaking Out, leaving fans wondering which direction Bundick will decide to take Toro Y Moi on their next LP.
Bundick and his band will be playing at the 2011 Decibel Festival TONIGHT at The Crocodile along with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bass Drum of Death. Here’s Toro Y Moi’s recently-released video for “How I Know,” from Underneath the Pine: