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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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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