After a chance meeting with photographer R. Adam Prieto at Yosemite Valley's legendary Half Dome, Chazwick Bundick (better known as Toro Y Moi) has released an exciting, new time-lapse video for "Half Dome" off his 2015 album, What For?. This feel-good track features a driving drum track along with a fat, distorted bass line to help support the high tenor Eliot Smith-style multi-track vocals. Additionally, the breathtaking photography of Yosemite National Park perfectly complements the spacious vibe of the track.
Featuring a live rock group with less emphasis on electronics, "Half Dome" (like the rest of What For?) is a bit of a departure from the chillwave sound of Toro's earlier albums. Using this predominantly live ensemble works to his advantage for the purposes of this track, giving it a certain energy that can only be engendered through live performance. The only time I felt like the arrangement didn't quite work was around 2:05, when the funk-rhythm guitar hook entered and competed for sonic space against the guitar solo. Nit-picking aside, "Half Dome" is definitely a track worth keeping on the road trip playlist.
For Toro Y Moi's music, news, and tour dates, check out his Zumic artist page.
Source: Carpark Records YouTube Channel