It’s a Tuesday night in Shoreditch’s cosy Village Underground and on stage, bathed in luminescent orange lighting, Toro Y Moi is slowly rocking above an extended keyboard.
Unassuming as the spindly South Carolina native might look with his wiry Afro and oversized glasses, the crescendoing synth melodies and lo-fi electronics emerging from Toro and his backing band are anything but understated. While his older chillwave numbers elicit whoops of approval from tonight’s sold-out crowd, it’s the material from new album ‘Anything In Return’ that really hits the spot. Blending his trademark lyrics about over-complicated relationships turned sour with house rhythms, tracks like ‘Say That’ and ‘Rose Quartz’ exhibit a fresh, pacier side. And although the new songs might be a little rough around the edges in execution (at one point Toro stops a track midway through, apologises to the audience and starts again) they sound fantastic live.
Combining low-end bedroom productions with R&B nonchalance and funk-slapped languor, tonight’s show confirms that TYM is one of dance’s most exciting stars.