SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Toro y Moi, Comet Club, 9pm
Sometime between early 2009 and summer 2010, the genre of chillwave rose to prominence. While new labels for music are being generated all the time, chillwave was unique because it called into question the notion that music movements began or were tied to place.
Yet with a sudden influx of solo artist with laptops and synthesizers from around the globe playing ambient dream pop, it became clear that the Internet has not only changed music’s accessibility, but also its formation.
One of the first artists with the chillwave label bestowed upon him was Chazwick Bundick, otherwise known as Toro y Moi. Bundick’s third full-length, Anything in Return, came out earlier this week, and although a listen makes it clear that his music has naturally evolved to include more obvious outside influences, there is still no doubt that Bundick remains tied to the programmed beats, ethereal melodies, catchy loops, and unassuming vocals that initially captured the ears of his fans. Natalye Childress
Comet Club, Falckensteinstraße 47, 10997 Berlin; 030 44 00 81 40; U: Schlesisches Tor / Warschauer Straße; admission: returns only.