Toro Y Moi, a.k.a. Chaz Bundick drops his new album, 'Anything In Return,' next Tuesday, but the entire album is available for streaming at Pitchfork Advance right now.
The pop artist recently ended a series of listening parties in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco that incorporated his artwork. He paired sketches with each song.
“The Internet has made music too fast-paced, and therefore very forgettable,” Bundick explained to the Red Bulletin in its February issue. “So I wanted to do something that was interactive and physical, as opposed to just online and virtual.”
Bundick, who studied graphic design at the University of South Carolina, added, “By connecting people to the art as well as the music, you're heightening their listening experience. I think it's better this way."
He said the art -- simple black-and-white doodles -- shows a less deep and thoughtful side of his personality.
“Listen, don't get me wrong, I totally appreciate how seriously people take my music, because that's how I want to be accepted as a musician,” he said. “But you can take life too seriously. That's why people get thrown off when they look at my drawings and see that I've drawn a pear, or a pipe, or a big boob. Because believe it or not, I like boobs.”
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