Swirling keyboards and an abundance of reverb are distinguishing characteristics of the emerging genre, chillwave, a genre dominated by Neon Indian, Memory Tapes and Washed Out.
Chaz Bundick, formerly of The Heist and the Accomplice, went under the moniker Toro Y Moi a while back and has been putting out interesting recordings for the last few years. After graduating last year from the University of South Carolina with a degree in graphic design, Bundick was able to put his time into his musical projects. He put out Causers of This, his debut LP, last month, and it has been getting a considerable amount of attention.
"Blessa," the record's opening track, has been bouncing around the Internet for about a year and successfully encapsulates the haze-inducing sound Bundick has been working to perfect for so long. Most of the songs follow the same patterns seen here.
Lyrically, Bundick doesn't stray too far from his simple formula. These songs are about love: sometimes lost, sometimes budding.
Chillwave will be played out soon, but artists, such as Toro Y Moi, are keeping it interesting and innovative enough to keep listeners wanting more.