In anticipation of their North American fall tour, Toro y Moi and Astronauts, etc. (Anthony Ferraro, keyboardist in Toro y Moi’s live band) have teamed up and released a dreamy cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Noisey premiered the track, stating, “Oh you’re covering one of Elton John’s very best songs? Bold moves, guys, bold moves. Thing is, Oakland’s Astronauts, etc. and Toro y Moi-who are heading out on tour together next week-really nail it. Their rework is soft like cashmere on baby skin. Sweetly muted like Beck’s rework of ‘Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes,’ but with a funked up bass holding it all down and shivery synth middle eight that’s quite magic.”
Following much-lauded summer festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and FYF Fest, Toro y Moi’s North American tour, featuring openers Astronauts, etc., will kick off next week on September 19 at Portland’s Revolution Hall and continue with over 30+ dates, including appearances at Miami’s Ill Points Festival and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Last month, Toro y Moi released Samantha, a collection of 20 tracks, including collaborations with Kool A.D., Rome Fortune, Washed Out, and Nosaj Thing, among others. Samantha is available for free download here. Samantha follows What For?, Toro y Moi’s acclaimed ’70s pop-influenced fourth album.