14 Jan 13
Former chillwave producer (let’s face it, he was never actually chillwave) Chazwick Bundick went on record claiming he was “trying to make sincere pop music that’s not all processed and bubblegum” with Anything in Return, thus setting off my ‘bullshit musicians say when talking about their new record’ alert (which, strangle, sounds just like The Fall), despite sincere pop music being my favourite things of all time. Thankfully, he wasn’t talking complete nonsense, because ‘Anything’ is by far his most cohesive record, albeit at the expense of the outright funk sometimes felt on his previous two efforts. Each song rattles with the sort of kinetic energy that mainstream pop charts thrive off, whilst maintaining a sense of palpable artistic control. It’s hardly perfect, after 5 or 6 songs you come to realise that ol’ Toro is playing with exactly the same texture palette with each track, but as an example of a musician keeping to their word, Anything in Return is a beautiful thing.