Toro y Moi Outer Peace
Jan 18th, 2019
adjective:outer, outside; external. “the outer layer of the brain can bruise easily”
synonyms:outside, outermost, outward, exterior, external, surface
“the outer layer” further from the center or inside.
synonyms:outlying, distant, remote, faraway, furthest, peripheral; suburban
“outer areas of the city enduce less anxiety for some”
objective or physical; not subjective.
1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
“music can be a protest of peace”
synonyms:tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet,
peacefulness, quiet, quietness; More
2. freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.
“my only time of peace is in my car before work”
synonyms:law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness,
harmony, nonviolence; formalconcord “searching for peace is hard when technology does that for you”
1. used as a greeting.
2. used as an order to remain silent.
“Nice meeting you. Peace 🙂 -Chaz”
The lives we lead can feel like a simulation as the line between our reality and augmented futures continues to blur. Following the ever-emotive Boo Boo, Toro y Moi’s new album Outer Peace is a time capsule that captures our relationship to contemporary culture into one comprehensive, sonic package.
Shortly after the release of his 2015 record What For?, Toro y Moi (also known as Chaz Bear) packed up his belongings, leaving the comfort of his Oakland base for the relative solitude of Portland to write Boo Boo. Apart from the familiarity of his surroundings, Bear focused on what would become his next sonic statement. In doing so, he was struck by the reign that technology holds over our day to day lives and its ability to obscure the consumption of creativity. His change of environment resulted in freedom from disturbances and, in those quiet and tranquil spaces, the creation of music acted as a protest in favor of peace.
Having now moved back to Oakland, Bear’s new record Outer Peace is a response to the lessons gleaned while making Boo Boo — a response to the expendable state of art that is a product of instant gratification. Bear’s ingenuity reveals a multifaceted expression of his universe on this record. It’s the space between the accessible and unconventional where he invites us to experience Outer Peace, which is rooted in finding peace in antithetical conditions: being stuck in traffic, hustling for your next check as a freelancer and all other chaotic moments in life that require digging beneath the surface to find solace.
As both a producer and designer, Bear utilizes abstract sound pairings with recognizable samples for his most pop influenced record to date. This is no departure from his funk and disco roots, which can be heard on “Ordinary Pleasure”, later fusing into variations of house with tracks like “Freelance” and “Laws of the Universe.” Smooth interludes melt into fast paced beats, paralleling the feeling of driving through the Bay Area, where Bear spent most of his time writing the album.
Outer Peace is duality. It embodies whatever form you choose to inhabit in the moment. Listen and let your imagination become the universe.
2. Ordinary Pleasure
3. Laws of the Universe
4. Miss Me (feat. ABRA)
5. New House
6. Baby Drive It Down
8. Who I Am
9. Monte Carlo (feat. WET)
10. 50-50 (feat. Instupendo)