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Toro y Moi releases his new EP, Sandhills, along with a companion film

25 August 2023, 17:00 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Toro y Moi – aka Chaz Bear – releases his new EP alongside a Steve Daniels-directed film.

The Sandhills EP and film are a journey home for Toro y Moi, as the project finds him returning to the South and exploring his relationship to South Carolina. The project, brought to life through its companion film, tells the story of his homecoming with an autobiographical lens –– producer Katherine Perry was Chaz Bear's high school photography teacher, director Steve Daniels worked with Bear on a video for his high school band, and is Perry's husband.

The football team featured in the film are the actual members of his hometown's high school football team and the Columbia, SC-based artist Ernest Lee (perhaps better known as Chicken Man), who is responsible for the EP's artwork, is featured in the film in its opening track "Back Then".

Beyond its lyrical themes, though, Sandhills marks a sonic homecoming for Bear. After pioneering the sound that came to be known as chillwave at the close of the 2000s, Bear has gone on to master pop, disco, psych, yacht rock, ambient and more across his releases as Toro y Moi, Les Sins and Plum over the past ten years.

The new EP finds him exploring Americana in a way that he's only hinted at in past releases, a fitting genre through which to dissect his upbringing in the South.

Sandhills and its companion film are out now via Dead Oceans.

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