The follow-up to 2017’s Boo Boo, Outer Peace finds Toro Y Moi mastermind Chaz Bear taking his sound in a funky new direction. A number of collaborators assisted him in “music for a creative mind,” icluding WET (“Monte Carlo”), ABRA (“Miss Me”), and Instupendo (“50-50”).
Speaking with NPR, Bear called that latter collaboration one of his favorite songs on the LP:
“It’s very forwardly pop. It’s more of a straightforward pop song, and that’s something that I’ve always been afraid to attack: something that’s so simple, it’s just a sub and vocals with Auto-Tune. To me, that recipe was always like, ‘Eh, that’s cliché.’ But to take those cliché elements and try to do something fresh with it was the challenge, and I really enjoyed that.”
Bear also said Outer Space is geared towards computer-based creatives. “Technology is allowing people to become creative at home and become almost like entrepreneurs just from their desks,” he said. “I felt like that’s who I really wanted to connect with [on this album] — the people that are grinding behind the computer in a creative way.”
Toro Y Moi will support the album with a short winter tour.
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Outer Peace Tracklist:
02. Oridnary Pleasure
03. Laws of the Universe
04. Miss Me (feat. ABRA)
05. New House
06. Baby Drive It Down
08. Who Am I
09. Monte Carlo (feat. WET)
10. 50-50 (feat. Instupendo)