Toro Y Moi is now a solid decade into his career, on the fringe of officially releasing his fifth studio album (with a handful of EPs, mixtapes, compilations and collaboration albums sprinkled between each project).
His new album, Boo Boo, is a break-up album, seemingly mixed in with a layer of how success has affected his personal life. Often the relationships and fame intertwine and are the root of why the relationships unwind.
“Breakups are always hard,” he told Noisey in a profile last month. “My personal life isn’t really out there. When I was with my partner at the time, I’d get recognized in public, and she wouldn’t want to be a part of it. I was just like, ‘Sorry we’re getting bothered, but I can’t help this.’ Success elevated me to a level where my social life started becoming unrelatable—I didn’t even feel like going out anymore. It was to the point where my partner couldn’t relate to me, and to have someone that can understand those pressures is almost a necessary thing. I see how actors end up dating actors. It’s just a funny thing to fall into.”
Those themes are brought out on the first two singles, “Girl Like You” and “You And I,” where he’s falling in love over a funky, synth-driven production on the former, then all of a sudden, that relationship is crumbling on the latter, the very next song on the tracklist, wondering what could’ve been while airy synths play under his recollections.
While the album isn’t officially out until tonight on iTunes, Toro y Moi released Boo Boo a couple hours early on YouTube through a short film, where he drives along the California coast, starting in the Bay Area.
Watch the film/album, directed by Company Studio, below.