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Toro y Moi: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

April 29, 2019 | Bobby Carter -- Chaz Bear, who performs as Toro y Moi, is going to do what he feels. In preparation for his Tiny Desk concert, we were given two possible sound scenarios: aim to recreate the heavily electronic and lustrous aura that birthed his latest LP, Outer Peace or strip away the bells and whistles for an acoustic performance. The game-time decision was the latter and fans were treated to brand new iterations of these songs.


Toro y Moi's discography conveys that same unpredictability and showcases his affinity for a wide span of genres. While largely known as an early pioneer of chillwave, Outer Peace is anything but. It's hard-hitting, funky and directly to the point, as is this Tiny Desk concert. Stripping down such heavily produced songs could risk revealing weaknesses. In this case, the rhythms move just the same. Removing the Auto-Tune, synths and effects make way for some insightful songwriting that's often hard to hear in the recorded version.


"Life is only wishing we could load it

Level up, you've got to make a bonus

Mystic staring at his phone for oneness

Silver or black mirror, what's the difference?"


With shaker in tow, Bear sat front and center at a stool to deliver four of my favorites from Outer Peace, including "Ordinary Pleasure," with bongo assistance from Foots of Foot and Coles.



"Laws of the Universe"

"New House"


"Ordinary Pleasure"



Chaz Bear: lead vocal; Andy Woodward: drums; Tony Ferraro: piano; Patrick Jeffords: bass; Foots: bongos, shaker



Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Beck Harlan, Bronson Arcuri; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR


"50-50 (feat. Instupendo)" is taken from Toro y Moi's new album, 'Outer Peace,' out now on Carpark Records.


Directors: Justin Morris and Colin Matsui
Director of Photography, Editor & Color: Brandon Kuzma
Producer: Tomás Alfredo Valladares
Stylist: Stone Jarboe
HMU: Brit Suprunowski and Sam Bear
Assistant Camera: Deejuliano Scott
Production Assistant: Lucky Banks-Kenny

Ordinary Pleasure

"Ordinary Pleasure" is taken from Toro y Moi's new album, 'Outer Peace,' out now on Carpark Records.



Production co: Little Moving Pictures


Director: Mancy Gant

Director of Photography: Tyler McPherron

Producer: Jeremy Summer

Production Designer: Maxwell Smith

Art Assist: Keri Shewmaker

Art Assist: Omid Matthew

Art Assist: Amira Barnett

Sound Recordist: Kevin Crawford

Gaffer: Alan Steinheimer

1st AD: Hilton Day

Wardrobe Stylist: Tori Secretario

Hair/Makeup: Angela Womack




Toro y Moi (band)

Chaz Bear

Anthony Ferraro

Patrick Jeffords

Andy Woodward



Muzae Sesay

Azha Ayanna

Apryl Fuentes

Sam Sartor

Sam Bear

Hannah Van Loon

Rewina Beshue

Freddy Anzures

Erin Fong

Doug Stuart

Ginger Fierstein

Greg Szilagyi

Jacob Romero

Chelxen Bundick

Butter Man

Jamie Whalen


Editor: Caleb Stumpfl

Colorist: Ayumi Ashley

Sound Mix: Kevin Crawford

Titles: Bijan Berahimi (Fisk)


Wardrobe provided by ReLove Vinage (SF)


Toro y Moi - Freelance


Directed by Harry Israelson -

Produced by Ways & Means -


Producer - Lauren Skillen
DP - Jeff Leeds Cohn
AD - Jesse Hays
Gaffer - Sebastian Baron
Key Grip - Pablo Ruff-Berganza
Production Design - Laura Barr-Jones
Creative Direction - Harry Israelson

Colorist - Mikey Rossiter @ The Mill
VFX - Stephen Pagano

Special Thanks to ARRI, An Tran, Heath Raymond, Evan Bauer, Jett Steiger, Lana Kim, Pat Jones