For those of you looking for a funky jam, Toro y Moi (Chaz Bear)’s got your back.
On Tuesday, the chillwave pioneer announced the release of his sixth album under his Toro y Moi moniker, Outer Peace, which is out January 18 on Carpark Records. In a press release, Bear states that the record is “a response to how disposable culture has become, and how it reflects creativity”.
Along with it, he dropped the video for his lead single, “Freelance”–a fresh, head-bobbing jam that’ll get you up and moving in no time. The minimalist video features Bear working at a computer station on a yoga ball (an image that doubles as the cover of his upcoming album) in front of a bright pink color gradient, creating a high fashion aesthetic for the song. But though “Freelance” sounds like it could soundtrack a runway model walk, the lyrics suggests anything but. Featuring some insanely quotable lines like “No more shoes and socks I only rock sandals / I can’t tell if I’m hip or getting old” and “Decked in Patagonia, your head to toe”, “Freelance” is equal parts fun and funky.
Towards the end, Bear even busts out some sick back-and-forth dance moves, grooving to the beat himself. Lucky for him, he’s still pretty “hip” after all these years, no matter what he does.
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Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think.
He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.