Carpark Records – July 7th

On Boo Boo, Chaz Bear returns to the Toro y Moi moniker and says that recently, music became “a form of therapy” for him and that he “fell in love with space again”. Boo Boo is unquestionably a pop record, but its songs can certainly occupy many spaces – ‘Mirage’, ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Girl Like You’ are smooth dancefloor starters with smart, lavish production akin to 2012’s revered Anything in Return, whereas the album’s middle chunk – from ‘Don’t Try’ to ‘Windows’ to ‘Embarcadero’ – are introverted, beautifully atmospheric meditations that display Chaz’s sensitivity without smothering it in uplifting beats. Boo Boo is as widescreen and elastic as pop albums get, proving that Chaz doesn’t need a band to mould his best ideas – and this record has loads.

Buy: Toro y Moi – Boo Boo