Carpark Records very own Toro y Moi (or Chaz Bear) is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and guess what...a graphic designer!
Under the moniker Les Sins, Chaz has also put out a series of 12" records on Carpark Records and Jiaolong Records. Les Sins paved the way for Chaz to create weirder music without having to alienate Toro y Moi fans and being limited to restrictions.
His first album "Causers of this" was one of the few albums to kick off the trend of home-recorded, hazy albums relying heavily on samples and production, evoking the feeling of a muggy, Southern summer. While the album did well and broke ground for Chaz’s career as a musician, it resulted in the widespread assumption that Chaz was a one trick pony, able only to write music similar to that of Causers. However, he proved the assumption wrong with his second album "Underneath the Pine".
His latest release "Outer Peace" explores the relationship between a person's identity and their sense of place in the world. Although he is often associated with the dreamy, indie-pop electronica, and chillwave movement, Chaz's effort to challenge himself has led to an exploration of different genres — specifically working with hip-hop and R&B.
"Outer Peace" stands in contrast to the more sparse and contemplative "Boo Boo", an album recorded while in Portland in relative isolation. With Outer Peace, Chaz showcases his ability to remain on the cutting edge of music’s evolution while not taking himself too seriously.