Sorry Gaga but this is art pop. Under the Toro Y Moi moniker, Chaz Bundick has teamed up with fashion mag i-D, where high pop meets high fashion. In the trippiest episode of Sesame Street ever, Chaz sings the letters of the alphabet atop jazzy drum feathering, psychedelic guitar rhythms, and poppy bongo clunks. Getting hooked on phonics has never felt so righteous. Directed by HARRY’S, this quirky video is fashioned in pastels and threaded in vintage pizazz. The sartorial collaboration showcases a live manikin donning haute-couture and name-brand clothing from contemporary designers like Alexander Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Rodarte, as each getup corresponds with its recited letter.
Today’s Newdust was brought to you by the letter “W” — now, watch above.words by Morgan Clinton
I stumbled across an article on Elektro Guzzi in, of all things, The Red Bulletin Magazine I was reading, while watching my husband get his tattoo reworked. The article described a band that not only makes damn good electronic music, but does it all by hand, live, without the use of any keyboards or synthesized beats. Pop some good headphones on for this entrancing listen. Just wait for those shakers.
Thick strokes of surrealist fingerprints gloss the screen in Toro Y Moi’s newest music video, “Rose Quartz.” Staying true to his South Carolina roots, Chaz Bundick commissioned the creative production of fellow Gamecock alum, Lauren Gregory, to piece together a work that feels more at home in the MOMA than on a Youtube display. It’s the melting faces and the groovy nature of swirling mixed media that provides the perfect medium for Toro’s funky and soulful sound. “Rose Quartz” is the fourth single off of Anything In Return via Carpark Records, out now.words by Morgan Clinton
Youth Lagoon is the MTV Cribs of bedroom pop. That’s to say, this is where the magic happens. In a national tour following his most recent release, Wonderous Bughouse, Trevor Powers provides a rare peek into the intimate exploration of his “[intrigue] with the metaphysical universe and [the] blending of those ideas with pop music.” Deep.
Delving deeper, Powers explains that his sophomore project has been influenced by the brevity of human life and his experimentation with auditory dimensions. So to be succinct, Youth Lagoon is like the trippy Einstein of indie pop music, or at the very least the Animal Collective of physicists. Yet, although Powers makes music that is introspective, it connectively translates into an engaging live show that focuses on poignant lyricism and jarring reverberations. Like an open diary, you can read into his frizzy-haired soul with each warbly guitar chord and every shrilling sonic loop. The subversive nature of Youth Lagoon’s sound is a testament to the band’s mastery of juxtaposing tones of convoluted landscapes under the pretext of minimalist song structure.
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Get in the groove with Dallas’s own Dark Room‘s sultry pop jam “Dans Le Noir” meaning “in the dark”. And check them out at the upcoming Paste Untapped Festival: Indie Music & Beer at Gilley’s in Dallas on September 7th. Check out the full lineup here.