June 2009

Toro y Moi - June 2009
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
User Score
Based on 11 ratings
April 24, 2012 / Release Date
Compilation / Format
Carpark / Label
Chillwave / Genres
www.toroymoi.com / Website
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A.V. Club

The songs simultaneously document Bundick’s emerging, eclectic songwriting sensibilities and his almost-there engineering ambitions. 


Problematically, there’s the paradox that whilst proceedings are worthy, they’re too anaemic for wider public consumption

The 405

While these kinds of collections lie almost outside of the scope of review, it should be noted that they are infinitely more interesting for existing fans.


There's no getting around the fact that June 2009 acquires most of its value, if not all of it, in context with Causers of This and Underneath the Pine. 

Under The Radar

With 10 tracks clocking in at a shade under a half hour, the album is aimed squarely at preexisting fans curious to see the band's progression

Consequence of Sound

This isn’t something to win over new fans, but to give background and deep-cuts to hardcore appreciators and completists.

Drowned in Sound

All we’re presented with here is a collection of half-baked, badly-produced versions of sounds we heard a couple of years ago; what was supposed to be low-fi AM pop instead sounds like a crap Ariel Pink record.

This pretty much sucks all around- BUT! BUT. The closing track- New Loved Ones- is so overwhelmingly good that it nearly makes up for it. June 2009, a lopsided, dusty, underwhelming rarity in Toro Y Moi's early catalogue will always have a home in my library, if only for the soothing of 2010 insecurity and agnostic angst. A rare miss for Chaz, yet there is a huge diamond in the rough.
This is just a collection of demos and unreleased singles he made from before Causers of This was released. I still wanted to give this a listen, however, as I assumed there would still be a few gems in here. Some of these songs are kind of boring, but there are some that I found pretty nice. Not bad for a demo tape essentially.

Favorite tracks: Girl Problems, Sad Sams, Warm Frames, Take the L to Leave
Least favorite: Drive South
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Track List

  1. Best Around 
  2. Take the L to Leave 
  3. Girl Problems 
  4. Dead Pontoon 
  5. Ektelon
  6. Drive South 
  7. Sad Sams
  8. Talamak (First Version)
  9. Warm Frames 
  10. New Loved Ones
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Added on: April 23, 2012