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The ‘Leave Everywhere‘ 7″ is due out on Carpark on 19th July 2010 (EU) 20th July (USA)

Ditching the “bedroom, iMac, MIDI controller, Reason” vibe and embracing Phil Spector tape saturation and echo chamber vibe. Even though I’m not a huge fan of Mark Ronson for obvious reasons [watch this], he did record some nice “vintage sounding” stuff (or should I say The Dap Kings did) following suit Chaz has nailed that sound on this new track.

Toro y Moi – Leave Everywhere


We posted a piece about Phillip Oskar Augustine aka Tyler Wallace after I heard his jams on myspace early december and thought they were dope. Head Underwater recently heard him, passed it on to Gorilla Vs Bear and then finally Pitchfork posted a piece. I’m totally psyched that P.O.A is getting all this press, his music is really great and from a few conversions with him he’s an awesome guy. [We never received any high-fives from the big sites for blogging first, but it’s not about that, it’s about the music.]

He is currently getting everything ready to release his 8-track long album ‘Unknown Patterns’ on CD-R and hopefully, shortly after followed as a tape release. The album artwork will be up on his blog in the next few days so keep checking in.

Washed Out and Toro Y Moi are playing some instruments on a few of the tracks off the upcoming record.

Here’s track by Tyler that doesn’t seem like it’s going to be on the release but it’s a really great track.

Phillip Oskar Augustine – Amanda

Another wonderful product of Columbia, South Carolina.

Introducing: Phillip Oskar Augustine

Phillip Oskar Augustine or Tyler Wallace (real name) creates a nice combination of dreamy, surf, pop and folk. Each track swims into a different aural link for me.

His track Internal Combustion of his concept album Unknown Patterns carries a heavy presence of the Panda Bear style where as Arrival at the Purple Stone carries the classical stylings of a Grizzly Bear track. Anyway, I hate over analysis of new bands to current bands so I will stop.

Here is one of my personal favourites and one he has made a free download on his blog:

Phillip Oskar Augustine – Internal Combustion


Guess who played the rhythm synth on this track….

……10 points! [washed out]

Toro Y MoiToro Y Moi, (Chaz Bundick), is 23 years old and from Columbia, South Carolina. I got hold of him through his myspace asking for some tunes after hearing Blessa and Talamak in a post on Gorilla VS Bear. Soon after we were all listening to his tunes in the house, in the car and on holiday. Since then the hazy, genre-fusionerized sound of Toro Y Moi, has been quickly signed to Carpark Records with a release later this year and two more releases coming in 2010.

With his upcoming releases, his tour dates and just because we’re enjoying his sound so much, we sorted out an interview with Chaz to let you know a bit more about him.

Toro Y Moi – Blessa

Toro Y Moi - Blessa / 109     Out October 6th 2009

Toro Y Moi - Blessa / 109 Out October 6th 2009

UWT – So what goes on in a typical day of Toro Y Moi?

Toro Y Moi – Now that i’m done with school and i am pretty much without a day job. i do music and design stuff all day. and in between i’m constantly emailing and networking…and surfing the internet.

UWT – What got you in to music?

Toro Y Moi – My parents vinyl and tape collection was a huuuge influence on the kind of music. my dad got me into sonic youth, suicidal tendencies, Elvis Costello, and many more. my mom made me take piano lessons and i hated but, now im thankful that she did that.

UWT – What are you listening to at the moment?

Toro Y Moi – Right now im listening to a lot of late 70s to mid 80s new wave stuff that i’ve dug up from the internet.

UWT – How do you go about writing songs? What sort of set up do you have for recording/producing?

Toro Y Moi – I usually start with the music then lyrics come afterwords, then i do the music to fit the lyrics. I use a lot of different processes. Sometimes i’ll go completely analog and just use nothing more than 8 tracks or i’ll use my computer for sampling and my electronic stuff. I have a small little home studio, nothing jaw dropping haha.

Chaz Bundick

UWT – I see you’ve got some releases coming out on Carpark Records which is awesome. What have you got planned for those releases?

Toro Y Moi – For one of the albums its going to be a somewhat poppy, dreamy, more produced sounding. and the other will be more organic and analog and still have alot of different genres and influences standing out.

UWT – You have quite a variation with what genres of music you create. What sort of music gets you inspired to write some new stuff?

Toro Y Moi – I just got really tired of writting songs that sounded like “toro y moi”, i found myself getting stuck in the songwritting process so i just decided to create songs that sometimes “nod” to a specific genre but, try to make my sound as different as possible.

UWT – You’ve got quite a tour coming up. (Unfortunately no shows in the UK.) How do you perform live?

Toro Y Moi – For this tour, its going to be to build up for the first album (dreamy pop one). i’m going to use my computer to play the songs and create transitions and while playing live synth and vocal fx’s. maybe soon, it’ll be full band.

UWT – So for one day, you could be anything in the world… what would it be and why?

Toro Y Moi – Hmm, probably a dog or a shark. sharks are the only thing that scare me when i go to the beach and dogs are the world’s greatest animal, but if i was a dog i would want the ability to laugh like a human.


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