Causers of This - Toro y Moi
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  • Summary: Chaz Bundick is the one-man project behind Toro Y Moi. He mixes the best musical elements from across the globe, including electronic, psychedelic-rock, and R&B on his first full length record.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
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  1. Causers Of This’ infects your mind with pure psychedelia, splicing such conflicting sounds as soul, freak folk, hip-hop and electronica, and the result hits you like Animal Collective on a comedown, or Ariel Pink with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
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    Closing with a bit of gaudy, high ’80s bubblegum, Causers of This is a bold introduction to a promising newcomer.
  3. For some, this could be unlistenable; for others, it will simply come off like the natural product of glitch, shoegaze (to which Bundick certainly owes his chord palette), lo-fi, and psych.
  4. Pronounced experimentalism is one of the more appealing properties of Bundick’s record, while those most tolerant of tepid, early ‘80s tones will find certain segments easier to swallow than the rest of us.
  5. It squirms and shimmers for an all-too-brief 33 minutes, sounding like somebody melted a cassette with a mix of early-90s R&B jams on one side and Person Pitchon the other.
  6. Bundick occasionally turns the energy up, like in the last 30 seconds of album highlight “Low Shoulders,” but those moments are too few and far between to make an impact.
  7. Trend spotters will likely label this as glitchy hypnagogic pop but Bundick's attention to pop melodies is almost as razor-sharp as his closest contemporary, Neon Indian. [Winter 2010, p.70]

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  1. Feb 26, 2014
    Despite the efforts to discredit this works, this album is filled with rich nuanced falsettos and clicky summer sound scapes that instantly re-listenable. The range in emotions are immense considering they focus on a crumbling relationship. It is and forever will be a landmark in Chillwave. Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2010
    Very sexy a great album you can easily vibe out to. I love most of the songs in it and the sound is so well crafted it's easy to just leave on and listen to the whole thing without feeling the need to skip any song. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2011
    Leave the discussion whether chillwave has a long life ahead of itself and listen to this gem. Toro Y Moi gorgeously mixes psychedelia and electronica and ends up with an album that never fails to bewitch. Chazwick Bundick got the attention thanks to Blessa but there are better tracks on this record. Imprint After has a great piano part, while Low Shoulder touches both on nostalgia and fun. Chazwick proves he is a talented singer, hitting on different notes with always good results. Causers of This feel like a love letter to the â Collapse