Bay area based musician Toro y Moi announces his seventh studio album, MAHAL, out April 29 via Dead Oceans. Previewing his 13-track LP, Toro has dropped two new singles, “Postman” and “Magazine,” two sides of a playful, whimsical EP.
The first single, ”Postman” is a funky, fresh, off-beat rambling about getting mail. The visual that accompanies ”Postman” features Toro driving around the bay area in his Filipino jeepney, picking up friends and finding harmless mischief to get into. It also sees individuals in their home dancing over the mail they’ve received that day. At one point, Toro places a stamp on his tongue, as if dropping acid, and gets transported into an animated alternate reality where instead of driving his jeepney, he is now riding atop it and dancing. Directed by Kid. Studio, the music video is a silly, abstract representation of what is ordinarily a mundane internal monologue — ”Did I get any mail today, and if so, what kind?” — set to a vivacious beat.
On the flip side, ”Magazine,” featuring vocals from Salami Rose Joe Louis, takes a more psychedelic turn both musically and in its music video. With punchy synths and keys, laid back vocals and a series distorted instrumentals, the single is a trippy ride and comes with a music video featuring Toro and Louis colorfully dressed in a photo studio with spliced images and graphics edited alongside them. It was directed by Arlington Lowell.
“Postman” b/w “Magazine” marks the first new singles for Toro since he signed to Secretly Group label Dead Oceans, an independent label that also houses the likes of Japanese Breakfast, Khruangbin, Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes, Mitski, Slowdive, and more.
Toro y Moi is the creation of Chaz Bear, who in his 12 years under the moniker has explored an impressive breadth of genres and styles, as evident in his upcoming release, MAHAL, an album that stands to be his most eclectic and ambitious yet and features a variety of artists including Sofie Royer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Neilson, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo and the Mattson 2.
“I wanted to make a record that featured more musicians on it than any other record of mine,” he explains. “To have them live on that record feels grounded, bringing a communal perspective to the table.”
Toro y Moi will also be performing March 19 in L.A. as part of the Smokin’ Groves Festival alongside Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel, Jhené Aiko, The internet, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Thundercat and many more artists. Tickets are on sale now.
Words: Patti Sanchez