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CD: Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine | reviews, news & interviews

CD: Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine

CD: Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine

Forget genres, this is pop at its most adventurous

The not-so-lovely cover of Toro Y Moi's 'Underneath the Pine'

A lot of hum and crackle about hypnagogic pop has passed through the ether in the last 18 months, much of it concerned with Toro Y Moi. Coined for a small raft of mainly American musicians that recast half-remembered pop from their youths, the hypnagogic aura is misty, midway between awake and asleep, and draws from soul like Curtis Mayfield or even Hall and Oates, as well as shiny Eighties cocaine-blasted pop. In America, chillwave covers it too. A lo-fi refit of Don Henley's “Boys of Summer” filtered through sacks of sand and then underpinned with some funk would fit the bill.

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