Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Toro Y Moi + Clasixx

Last week I went to a show at the Market, featuring Classixx and Toro Y Moi.

Classixx started the night with a killer set. The music was nonstop dance hits which included a cover of Drake's Hold On, We're Going Home. But the song that really got the crowd going was one of their own. It is a weird video. But it shows the stuff they are made of. The other songs I've listened to from Classixx since then has been just as heavy hitting and animated as their performance.

I've been a fan of Toro Y Moi for a long time now and this is the band that I had come to see. It was the second time I had seen him, and the first time was just after the Freaking Out EP had been released.

It was a radical show. Since then he has released a full length album, Anything in Return. Freaking Out had a very disco/dance feel, and was a high energy live show. Anything In Return definitely delivers on the upbeat and high energy bits, but the album is much more diverse than the EP. Mainly because there are 8 more tracks on Anything In Return. But difference in style probably means the live show will have a different ambiance.

So Many Details is a great example, and one of my favorite tracks off of Anything in Return. It is definitely a danceable song, but it's not quiet as heart pounding as the stuff of his earlier EP. It is more bump-n-grind, while Freaking Out is for the discotheque.

When I saw him perform the first time the crowd did not stop dancing until he left the stage. The energy could be felt on the edge of the crowd. The second time around was the same, but occasionally things would slow down for a smoother track.

This was the point in the show where you could see a definite change in his style from his previous work. His sound was classier, more grown up than his first couple releases. I've thought Toro's music was amazing from the first time I heard Causers of This, and Anything In Return (album and the live show) has just refreshed my appreciation for this guy.

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