Day 112: Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine

20 Jun

Still Sound

Just as an interesting album cover can inspire (my) interest in a particular record, appalling covers can motivate me to stay away.  That’s what has happened here.  At this point in time, I have absolutely no reason for not listening to Underneath the Pine before now.  It got a ton of hype and I definitely heard quite a lot about it when it was released back in February.  It had to be the cover that kept me away.

But, I mean, look at it! Is it really too hard to understand why I decided to not subject myself to that record?  It’s just gross.  And probably a metaphor for something that’s going way over my head.  I don’t know.  Truth is, I don’t like it.

Fortunately, it’s not one of those instances where I feel really dumb for not listening to a record for some ridiculous reason.  Nope, I could have passed on this album, and I would have been fine.  Underneath the Pine is a chillwave record, and, like I wrote a few days ago, falls into the usual chillwave habit of dragging on for way too long.

Underneath the Pine is by no means bad.  It’s just a tad boring.  I found everything that is wrong with chillwave in this record (keep in mind, this is a genre that I consider myself  a fan of).  This essentially means that songs last too long, and turn into really repetitive ear sores.

I really don’t think this is my hatred of the album cover shining through.  I would have found this album just as boring had it been given some normal artwork; I just would have gotten around to it a bit sooner.


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