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Outer Peace

Toro Y Moi

Outer Peace

Sixth release from the South Carolina-born onetime chillwave pioneer Chaz Bundick

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  1. 8.0 |   Q

    A typically quirky commentary on contemporary culture's transient nature that's also attuned to the shifting moods of modern club sounds. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Chock-full of gluey basslines and gleaming synths, Outer Peace is very much a dance record and it's pure ecstasy
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  3. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Outer Peace is a feat of modern pop music that Toro Y Moi should be incredibly happy with. It brings together what could easily be – if crafted by the wrong hands – disparate musical elements, and combines them to make something playful, intriguing and unusually intellectual
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Chillwave maven finds focused future funk
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    With 2019 fresh upon us, hopefully the splendour of Outer Peace is an eclectic foreshadowing of a thrilling year in music
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  6. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Exudes the breezy warmth that brings to mind some of the most joyous electro-pop of the ‘00s and ‘10s
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  7. 7.6 |   Earbuddy

    Chaz isn’t throwing a lot of fireworks our way or necessarily trying to usher in a “new wave” so to speak. Instead, he’s just making pleasant music that not so pleasantly disrupts us from what we’re doing
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  8. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Seven albums in, exciting as ever
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  9. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Chaz Bear delivers a smartly crafted, comfortably mid-fi album of grooves and melancholy—it’s one of his best albums in years
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    The record ends up a very mixed, somewhat disappointing bag that takes Toro y Moi to some exciting new places, but also treads familiar ground
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  11. 7.0 |   Crack

    Outer Peace ultimately strikes a cool balance between playfulness and pensivity, the energy of youth and the calm of adulthood, and introspection that avoids becoming too morose or cynical
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Outer Peace is an exercise in playful exploration
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  13. 7.0 |   The Music

    Chaz Bear’s guest artists have drawn him out and stretched him to another level
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  14. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Perhaps a little lacking in knockout tracks but instead highlights Bear's clear talent as a producer with a craft for melody and rhythm. Print edition only

  15. 6.5 |   The 405

    Regardless of his refusal to accept the label, Toro y Moi’s output remains focused on those aspects of chillwave which make most sense in terms of forming a cohesive identity for a number of disparate musical acts – one eye on nostalgia, a summery feel and a pop sensibility. All are abundantly evident on Outer Peace, with just a dash of added funk and R&B
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  16. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album’s title represents the remarkable possibility of finding freedom from the outside world by letting loose on the dance floor and experiencing liberation in a crowd of strangers. Bear certainly takes the album there at several points, but in the limited scope and cerebral slant of these too-brief songs, he loses that outer peace
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  17. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It is a brisk, enjoyable half-hour romp of a record that tours through modes and styles, albeit with one conspicuous absentee: the very specific trend with which Toro Y Moi will be forever undivorceably associated
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  18. 6.0 |   NME

    An intriguing and haphazard dive through history, this sixth album from the former chillwave don is fitfully inspired, but lacks a cohesive sonic identity
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    A transitional work perhaps, but whichever fork in the road he follows next, you feel he’ll continue to adapt
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  20. 5.0 |   Clash

    The moments of nu-disco are superb, yet are weighed down by the sometimes-cringey segments of auto-crooning
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  21. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    A half-hearted attempt coming from an artist who’s testing a series of rough sketches in real time
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