When? 11.05.2011, 9 p.m.
How much? VVK 9+Geb.€, AK11€
From the chaotic jumble of different music styles to be found under the non-descriptive label ‘Indie’, new subcategories come and go all the time. One of those to gain wider attention in the last few years goes under the name of Chillwave. The wave began in the summer of 2009, when the music blog Hipster Runoff drew a connection between a handful of guys spread across the United States making dreamy, 80’s inspired, melodic beats on their laptops. One of the underground acts in the front line of this massively hyped new sound was Toro y Moi, a 24-year old guy from South Carolina, who wooed and won the hearts of music bloggers and mortals alike with his funky but mellow mix of lo-fi pop and dusty Shoegaze. Since 2009, all the chillwavers have moved out of the confinement of their bedrooms and played shows across the US and Europe and released both EPs and full lengths. Toro y Moi is on his second album, ‘Underneath the Pine’, which came out in March and he is also playing in Hamburg for the second time. With his new album, studio recordings and real instruments have replaced the laptop recordings of his first tracks, but he has kept the analogue, lo-fi aesthetic and throughout the album, his warm, hand-played keyboard and guitar sounds are accompanied by samples, loops, and other effects which provide the funky, 70’s sound with a distinct 2011-feel. Toro y Moi is both music for long, sunny afternoons of reminiscing, and also upbeat funkiness for summer parties where new memories are made.
Get to know the band – and the genre – with these songs
- Washed Out: “Feel it all around”
- Neon Indian: “Deadbeat Summer”
- Small Black: “Despicable Dogs”
Toro y Moi:
- “Blessa”(Causers of This)
- “How I know” (Underneath the Pine)
- “Still Sound” (Underneath the Pine)