Today, chillwave powerhouse Toro Y Moi
released the video for "No Show", a track on their latest album, Boo Boo
. Chaz Bundick, Toro Y Moi frontman, is known for his calming vocals, and the band has leaned into the electronic beats and synth that seems to have permeated pop, hip hop, and indie music in the last year. The result is a track and a video that is very 2017: a little sad, a little sinister, and a little bizarre.
The first, very brief shot of the video is what looks like old video editing software, before switching to a shot of Bundick crawling out of a manhole. Fittingly, the first lines of the song are: "Been a while since I been home / It took a second 'cause my baby don't know—I / Been so hesitant, I'm such a no show—why?" Much of the next few minutes are set up to make it look like Burdick is filming a home video in diary format. At one point, he appears to be holding a long, glowing stick. Not sure what that's about.
Around the 3:15 mark, the shot of the video editing software is back, and the musical and visual style changes. Some female vocals float in, and we see Bundick hit the road for the remainder of the video. Though this part is still in the grainy home-video, everything at and past this point in the video is music that was not featured on the album version of "No Show", making it a sweet bonus for fans.
Also, I say this every time I see someone wearing one, but I hope this video is the beginning of the resurgence of bucket hats.