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Hear "Girl Like You," The First Single From Toro y Moi's 'Boo Boo'

The new album is out on July 7.

Toro y Moi has made, by his own admission, "a pop record." For pop aficionados, he's an interesting figure to welcome into the fold, and his entry is made all the more intriguing by "Girl Like You." It's the first single from his new album Boo Boo, due July 7, which you can hear above, along with a video for you to feast your little peepers on.

It only felt like a matter of time before the artist formerly known as Bundick (now Chaz Bear) forayed into pop music—"Girl Like You" actually makes total sense, and its 80s-esque video feels strangely on brand for the Toro y Moi project. The track itself is slow and synthy—the best way I can describe it is as the sort of thing that might soundtrack a slowdance scene at a prom in a Sofia Coppola movie—with a simple vocal line which doesn't take away too much from the more-impressive instrumentation.


Writing about the track, Chaz Bear said:

After 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self conscious about my position in life as a "famous" person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn't help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real.

During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling. I'd listen to the same ambient song over and over again, trying to insulate myself from reality. I fell in love with space again.

By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record, I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof. I decided that I wanted to make a Pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became 'Boo Boo.'

From this description, it sounds like it'll be pretty exciting to see what comes next from Boo Boo. For now though, sit back, relax, and fade out to the pastel sounds of "Girl Like You," which you can hear above.

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