Born to a Filipino mother and an African American father who were scenesters in New York’s ’70s underground, Chaz Bundick grew up obsessed with his parents’ record collection. Living in South Carolina, his home was like a sonic bubble from the world outside. So when his punk band fell apart, he returned there — dabbling in the soundscape of his youth to produce hazy, lo-fi bedroom recordings that sparkle and hiss below fuzzed-out, intimate vocals.
Tracks he put up on MySpace were mentioned on Kanye’s blog and his Blessa 7” saw critical raves, granting him great buzz at SXSW and a deal with Carpark Records. On his full-length debut, 2010s Causers of This, the first track, “Blessa” sounds like a sparkly ode to Animal Collective. “I found a job,” Bundick sings over shimmery synths, bubbly and golden as ginger ale. “I do it fine.” Yes, he has. And he does.
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