Towards the beginning of this year, Toro Y Moi released an experimental, ambient-leaning mixtape known as Soul Trash. Now, Soul Trash is making its way to streaming services, with a special short film accompanying its debut on Spotify on Apple Music. Notably, the Soul Trash short film was put together by Laneya Billingsley and Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick.
“Chaz Bear and I sought to create a vibrating immersive piece that mirrored the soft melancholic bounciness of the mixtape, making sure every delicate part was exactly how we envisioned,” Laneya Billingsley, the director of Soul Trash‘s visual component, explains via an official press release. “We wanted the video to feel like a sort of tour through internal rooms led by Chaz our tour guide, or soul guide if you will.”
“Making art sustainable takes a lot of restraint. I had to get the balls to say ‘no’ to a lot of things for this record, and it was hard, but I feel like it’s going to make me stronger so I’m stoked,” Toro Y Moi architect Chaz Bundick explained to Mac DeMarco earlier this year, sharing some insight into the creative process behind his latest album for a feature in Issue. “I’m so inspired by what Solange is doing these days. She’s really stepping it up, and same with Kanye. Taking stadium shows to embrace the industrial side of it and make it even more technology-based is kind of cool.”
You can take a look at Toro Y Moi’s new Soul Trash short-film above, and check out a stream of the Soul Trash mixtape below.