Top Pops! Toro Y Moi & Shock Show Off The Power Of Nuance

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. In both today’s featured tracks from Toro Y Moi and Shock, the power lies in nuance rather than pounding you over the head with pop hooks.



Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick has proven himself time and time again to be adept at shape-shifting through the indie electronic universe, and his latest, “So Many Details”, spaces its way though the five-minute mark while feeling infinite. Though not as overtly funky as 2011’s Underneath The Pine, “So Many Details” has a quiet allure and power behind it, and moves forward even further from Bundick’s blander chillwave days. I can’t get enough of this track, and cannot wait for his upcoming full-length, Anything In Return, which comes out January 22nd, 2013, via Carpark Records. The full tracklisting is below, along with 2013 tour dates. The So Many Details 7″ comes out November 23rd.


Toro Y Moi (cont’d)

* w/ Wild Belle
1-30 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
1-31 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls *
2-01 – Dallas, TX – Trees
2-02 – Austin, TX – Emo’s East
2-04 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
2-05 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
2-06 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
2-08 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
2-09 – Richmond, VA – The National
2-10 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
2-11 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
2-13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
2-15 – Boston, MA – Paradise
2-16 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
2-17 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *
2-19 – Chicago, IL – Metro
2-20 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
2-21 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre
2-23 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
2-24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
2-26 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
2-27 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
2-28 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
3-03 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre


1. Harm In Change
2. Say That
3. So Many Details
4. Rose Quartz
5. Touch
6. Cola
7. Studies
8. High Living
9. Grown Up Calls
10. Cake
11. Day One
12. Never Matter
13. How’s It Wrong


Anything with Steve Moore’s seal of approval basically has my attention. So it is that Shock’s slow-burning single “Heaven” commands dancing through a fog and light-filled blur of steamy club backdrops. Its 12″ includes remixes from Steve Moore (Zombi, Lovelock), Hatchback, and The Beat Broker, came out October 23rd. You can hear them below.



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Vivian Hua wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.