Toro Y Moi Delivers a Stripped-Down Performance for NPR's 'Tiny Desk Concert'

Bundick and company serve up a four-cut setlist.

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Towards the middle of last month, Toro Y Moi revisited his acclaimed Outer Peace album for a desert-based visual for the LP standout “50-50.” Continuing to support the body of work that makes up his most recent LP, Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick links up with a trio of talented musicians for a striking live showcase for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.

Notably, Bundick and company opted for a stripped-down, bare-bones Tiny Desk performance, removing any sort of electronic flair and creating the setting for a completely acoustic outing. For the setlist, viewers are treated to unique renditions of “Laws of the Universe,” “New House,” “Freelance” and “Ordinary Pleasure.”

“I really want music to sort of stay a hobby. I don’t want to get jaded doing music. I need to make sure I have something to go back to when I get bored and tired of music. ‘Cause that happens all the time to musicians,” Toro Y Moi architect Chaz Bundick told Rolling Stone, sharing some insight into his artistic motivations. He adds:

“Music is definitely my focus, and I’m aware that it’s my main source of income. But I’m not trying to rely on it. The way I’ve been doing it ever since I started making music is it was always a hobby. That’s what I liked about it. And I don’t want to get bored doing it.”

You can check out Toro Y Moi’s performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert program above.

For more, take a look at Blood Orange’s Tiny Desk Concert session from this past January.

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