Toro Y Moi’s June 2009 reissue compiles the tip of a catalog iceberg
On April 24, a repurposed, and considerably pruned reissue of the 2009 tour CD-R, June 2009 will be granted a second life as a 10-song collection, stacked on five 7-inches (or on a single CD or digital download), and once more bearing the title June 2009.
Of the new collection’s 10 songs, nine appeared on first on the 16-track CD-R. Only one, “Warm Frames” is a new addition. Still, the press seems to be acting as if this is a comprehensive unearthing of early and long-gone Toro tracks. In fact, Chaz Bundick has been making music under his Toro Y Moi moniker since 2001, and he’s been releasing records since at least 2007 (when he self-released Woodlands). But it wasn’t until 2009 that the yet-to-slow flood of Toro Y Moi recordings gave the project the momentum to reach indie’s upper echelons.
In 2009, alone, Toro Y Moi issued singles for “Blessa” (Carpark; 7-inch) and “Left Alone At Night” (Savant Guard; 12-inch), the Body Angles EP (Mirror Universe Tapes; cassette), self-released full-length My Touch, and the tour-only CD-R, June 2009.
2010 saw Causers of This, the “Leave Everywhere” single and a split 7-inch with Cloud Nothings, as well as Lina, the 12-inch debut of Bundick’s more dance-centric side project, Les Sins. And, of course, the hits just kept coming in 2011, with (the Top 5 pick) Underneath the Pine and the Freaking Out EP.
Needless to say, Bundick has quickly amassed a substantial discography. June 2009 is just scratching the surface.
If you’re willing to give Mr. Bundick your email address, you can download ”Dead Pontoon,” one of the 10 cuts off the newfangled June 2009, using the widget below. —Bryan C. Reed