Show #107: Toro y Moi’s What For?

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A transfixing blend of psych-rock textures, funky groove and glam rock sounds, Toro y Moi’s latest album, What For?, is already one of my favorite albums of the year, reaching back to the sounds of the 70s and bringing them forward.

Setlist (“Song Name” – Artist – Album)

“The ’59 Sound” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“What You Want” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Buffalo” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“The Flight” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Empty Nesters” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Ratcliff” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Lilly” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Spell It Out” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Half Dome” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Run Baby Run” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Yeah Right” – Toro y Moi – What For?

“Ballrooms Of Mars” – T. Rex – The Slider [by Request]

The dreamy textures of this T. Rex record recall What For?

“Gronlandic Edit” – of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? [by Request]

of Montreal’s ability to blend psych and funk is similar to Toro y Moi.

“Give Life Back To Music” – Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

The funkier textures of What For? recall this recent Daft Punk classic.

“Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

In addition to being musical contemporaries with Toro y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Neilson plays on What For?

“Let It Happen” – Tame Impala – Currents

Tame Impala’s groovier new singles sound similar to the textures conjured on What For?

“Why” – Les Sins Feat. Nate Salman – Michael

Before recording and releasing What For?, Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick worked as a member of this dancehall pop group.

“Come Alive” – Chromeo Feat. Toro y Moi – White Women

Chaz Bundick is featured on this smooth and funky Chromeo track.

“Summer Breeze” – Seals And Crofts – Seal & Crofts’ Greatest Hits

“Buffalo” sounds like the best Seals And Crofts song never written.

“Talking Backwards” – Real Estate – Atlas

Julian Lynch of Real Estate is also a featured musician on What For?

“Thirteen” – Big Star – #1 Record

In addition to recalling the textures of Big Star, the What For? song “Ratcliff” references the line “rock and roll is here to stay.”

“And Your Bird Can Sing” – The Beatles – Revolver

What For? is, as it the case with most modern pop music, an homage to the sounds and brilliance of The Beatles.

“Laredo Tornado” – Electric Light Orchestra – Eldorado

The all encompassing sound of What For? reminds me of this ELO record.

“You Never Knew” – Nowhere – Diamond

Cleveland psych-rockers Nowhere conjure similar psychedelic sounds as on What For?

“It Takes Two To Tango (This Is For The Girls)” – Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything? [by Request]

The synthesizer and song structure of this Todd song show just how big an influence he was on the sounds of What For?

“Feel It All Around” – Washed Out – Life Of Leisure – EP

Washed Out and Toro y Moi are musical contemporaries in the chillwave genre.

“Deadbeat Summer” – Neon Indian – Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed

Dito for Neon Indian.

“Heavy Metal Drummer” – Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

The buoyant drums and bass of “Empty Nesters” remind me of this Wilco track.

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