Outer Peace

Toro y Moi - Outer Peace
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #13 / 14
User Score
Based on 106 ratings
2019 Ratings: #17
January 18, 2019 / Release Date
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The Skinny

Chock-full of gluey basslines and gleaming synths, Outer Peace is very much a dance record and it’s pure ecstasy.

Northern Transmissions
While sequencing hurts the record a bit, there’s a tangible brilliance and soul that has us coming back to this record.
The Guardian
Following some middling records, his seventh is his strongest in years: funky, focused and rooted in the present.
God Is in the TV

Outer Peace is a feat of modern pop music that Toro Y Moi should be incredibly happy with. It brings together what could easily be – if crafted by the wrong hands – disparate musical elements, and combines them to make something playful, intriguing and unusually intellectual.

Pretty Much Amazing
His chillwave sensibilities remain, but they’re bolstered by more direct elements from the popular hip-hop and disco funk sounds of today.
Crack Magazine

Outer Peace ultimately strikes a cool balance between playfulness and pensivity, the energy of youth and the calm of adulthood, and introspection that avoids becoming too morose or cynical.


The songs come off like bad imitations of Drake or the Weeknd and that's not something anyone needs in 2019. Subtract the handful of tracks that fall into this category and what's left is a fun, very well-crafted EP of uplifting dance music, the best Bear has made yet.

Nothing here outstays its welcome, despite a run of slower tracks grouped at the record’s core, and besides, Chaz is there to guide the listener through new territories. A transitional work perhaps, but whichever fork in the road he follows next, you feel he’ll continue to adapt.
Slant Magazine
Pulling from sources as disparate as R&B, tropical house, and trap, the California-based singer bends the boundaries of club music, albeit with mixed results.
Loud and Quiet
It is a brisk, enjoyable half-hour romp of a record that tours through modes and styles, albeit with one conspicuous absentee: the very specific trend with which Toro Y Moi will be forever undivorceably associated.
When Bundick’s meticulous production clicks with the pop immediacy, which he’s perhaps lacked in the past, ‘Outer Peace’ shows glimmers of brilliance. The record’s constant dive through history often comes at the cost of consistency and a solid sonic identity, though, for the most part feeling more like a scrapbook of ideas in transition than the work of such an established act.
Throughout his career, Toro y Moi has never been afraid to diversify. From bedroom-pop, to his more recent attempts at psych and R&B, there’s always a sense of mysticism of what’s next. However, with ‘Outer Peace’, this is an album struggling with itself.
Toro y Moi himself, vocal-wise, is so unessential to his own project that it's sad...

The production is at the beginning of the album quite charming, but gains a stale and boring character pretty quickly...

Parts of this were so cool or interesting but for the most part it just felt pretty boring. The production was great. Freelance and Who Am I were great tracks but the rest just kind of felt rather uninspired, while still being well put together and cohesive. This album just failed to stand out from the pack in any way shape or form for me.
As always his production and overall vibe is meticulously crafted and very enjoyable, equal parts laid back chillwave and funky electronic, but the lyrics and contributions from featured guests leave a lot to be desired and cause it to fall very short of expectations. It would've almost been better as all instrumentals.
Funky and pleasant but there's nothing barely interesting here except for production.
On Toro y Moi newest record Outer Peace shows the artist sticking to his guns with creating a short enjoyable and danceable album. With his last album boo boo taking a more 80s synth approach, with this album Moi's isn't stepping out of his comfort zone and attempts to make a quirky synth driven pop album. With the production on here being hit n miss, what I appreciate about this album is some of Moi's lyrics. For instance, take the track 'Ordinary Pleasure' in which he mentions how getting ... read more
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Track List

  1. Fading
  2. Ordinary Pleasure
  3. Laws of the Universe
  4. Miss Me (feat. Abra)
  5. New House
  6. Baby Drive It Down
  7. Freelance
  8. Who Am I
  9. Monte Carlo (feat. Wet)
  10. 50-50 (feat. Instupendo)
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Added on: October 22, 2018