Toro y Moi returns with an exploratory and ingenious new album “Mahal”

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Toro y Moi is back with their seventh studio album, mahal.

Serving as his first full release since signing with Dead Oceans, the new album took over five years to make. The 13-track collection is a subversive genre-blending record that sees Toro y Moi lean into an even more exploratory sound. On mahalToro y Moi collaborates with Sofie Royer, Sofie Royer from Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Alan Palomo from Neon Indian.

“I wanted to make a record with more musicians than any other of my records,” says Toro y Moi. “Having them live on this record feels grounded, bringing a common perspective to the table.”

Flow mahal below.

Throughout the album, Toro y Moi floats in and out of different decades, weaving together the psych rock and deep grooves of the 70s with modern electronic riffs. The bold collection features a unique sound that only Toro y Moi could produce.

mahal features previously released singles ‘Postman’, ‘Magazine’, ‘The Loop’ and ‘Déjà Vu’.

Lyrically, Toro y Moi offers catchy lines, while leaving room for the listener’s interpretation. He sings lines like “How did I get so wrapped up in the news?” on “Magazine” and “I think I’m free but I’m attached” on “Déjà Vu”.

In all, mahal is a fuzzy, yet relaxed, groove-focused record. Even when he leans into deep funk or rock melodies, there is always a sense of tranquility.

For the album, Toro y Moi also collaborated with Eric André on a short film titled pass so fast. Directed by Harry Israelson, the film is a combination of fiction, documentary, animation and concert film. Revisit the trailer here.


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