HomeNew ReleasesAlbum StreamsToro y Moi returns with genre-bending, explorative new album 'Mahal'

Toro y Moi returns with genre-bending, explorative new album ‘Mahal’

Toro y Moi has returned with his seventh studio album, Mahal.

Serving as his first full-length release since signing to Dead Oceans, the new album took more than five years to make. The 13-track collection is a subversive, genre-bending record that sees Toro y Moi leaning into an even more explorative sound. On Mahal, Toro y Moi collaborates with Sofie Royer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Sofie Royer, and Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo.

“I wanted to make a record that featured more musicians on it than any other record of mine,” Toro y Moi says. “To have them live on that record feels grounded, bringing a communal perspective to the table.”

Stream Mahal below.

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

Mahal features previously released singles “Postman,” “Magazine,” “The Loop,” and “Déjà Vu.”

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

All-in-all, Mahal is a fuzzed-out, yet relaxed, groove-driven record. Even when it’s leaning into some deep funk or rock-driven melodies, there’s still a sense of tranquility.

For the album, Toro y Moi also collaborated with Eric André on a short film called Goes By So Fast. Directed by Harry Israelson, the film serves as a combination fiction, documentary, animation, and concert film. Revisit the trailer here.

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