Posts tagged ‘glo-fi’
Neon Indian is often cited as another leader in the glo-fi/chillwave movement. He’s taken his second full length album, Era Extrana, in a more dance pop direction. To his credit the new material retains the trippy essence that linked his debut album, Psychic Chasms, with fellow luminaries Washed Out and Toro Y Moi. Watch the cyber themed video for “Polish Girl” below.
As I mentioned yesterday, Ernest Greene, the mastermind behind synth pop act Washed Out, is also a pioneer of this new wave of bedroom oriented electronic music dubbed chillwave. His sound and aesthetic, not to mention his name captures the essence of this style even more so than his contemporary and friend Chaz from Toro Y Moi. Here is a fan made video to go along with his breakout hit, “Feel It All Around”, from his 2009 EP Life of Leisure. In keeping with the aesthetic the vacationers in the video seem to be soaking in the sun, the surf and some good old fashioned rest and relaxation. Check out “I Want You” by italo disco artist Gary Low to hear where Greene got the signature sample from.
Toro Y Moi is the stage name of Chaz Bundick. The 25 year old is a native of South Carolina, and has been credited, along with fellow luminary and friend Ernest Greene a.k.a. Washed Out for starting the chillwave movement. Greene is from Georgia, and it may be the slower pace of life and southern hospitality that bred the style both of them happened upon back in 2009/2010, but it appears that especially Bundick has evolved past that ambiguous tag to create something a little more complex than the soundtrack to a “Life of Leisure” spent wasting away at the beach. Check out the single “New Beat” from his sophomore album Underneath the Pine. Bundick has incorporated much more funk and disco into his sound, which already drew from a strong foundation growing up listening to R&B/Soul music. The bass line, which is mimicked in a synth, sounds like a variation on the motif in Michael Jackson‘s “Baby Be Mine”. Any homage to the King of Pop is welcome in my book.