“As if I couldn’t wait for summer/ I couldn’t wait ’til it was over/ ‘Cause baby then I’m gonna wonder/ If I’ll ever get to see her.”
And so begins X I X, the latest single from Gil Wojcik and Justin Victoria, aka PLOY. The duo have long since shared an almost compulsive musical synergy if their blurb is to be believed, though this was only reignited early on last year in a Midtown Manhattan Starbucks, of all places. Just about the best thing ever to have been brewed in one of the innumerable coffehouses of the multiglobal dishwater traders, then. And though I couldn’t be of a less compatible mindset with their indifference toward those more summery months supposedly forthcoming, their smoothly estival downtempo electronica couldn’t enliven this morning any more were it radiant as any which Toro Y Moi artwork. Which is, coincidentally, perhaps their most compatible comparison as their unassuming R’n'B-embalmed pop plays off those same adolescent insecurities to have swamped Bundick’s earlier work. And though Chaz has been trading under that same moniker aforementioned since he “was, like, fifteen” there’s a considerably greater maturity on display throughout X I X than there was even on Causers Of This. A grown up call, for sure.