LIVE REPORTRED MARQUEE7/26 FRI
TORO Y MOI
'Chill' band's foray into funk
Chaz Bear and band spent their whole set backlit by a huge LED screen displaying pastel colors, faces hidden in shadows. This might seem a bit dark considering the uptempo R&B/funk sound they’ve recently embraced, but it seemed to allow the music to speak for itself while both Bear and his band member’s expressions remained undetectable.
Taking a bit of a different direction from previous laid-back chilled out material, Toro y Moi inject a heavy dose of funk on their latest effort. On the menu today were mostly strutting funk and R&B selections from that most recent album, ‘Outer Peace’, keeping the tempo consistently brisk and danceable. This was evident in Bear’s constant shuffling around, sometimes disappearing upstage, wrapped in fog, and emerging minutes later still grooving smoothly along.
Opening with deep cut “Rose Quartz”, the band picked up the pace running through newer tracks like “Ordinary Pleasure”, “Fading”, “Girl Like You”, “Who Cares” and an altered ‘jam’ version of “Laws of the Universe” with its recognizable synth jab breakdown intact.
On R&B-heavy “Monte Carlo” and “New House”, Bear talk-raps verses in deadpan, occasionally shifted with high-pitched autotune. The only obvious jump into earlier territory was “Still Sound” from 2011’s ‘Underneath the Pine”. Other highlights, again from ‘Outer Peace’, were the uptempo groove “Baby Drive It Down” and fan-favorite “Freelance”, whose stuttering funk finished off the set well.