I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with this album cycle, but Toro y Moi’s upcoming record MAHAL, is gearing up to be an out-of-world experience. I think it’s fair to say that Chaz needs no formal introduction, seeing as he’s contributed to the better half of the soundtrack to our lives for the last 12 years. Despite this being nowhere near his first walk around the block, his single “Déjà Vù” is so familiar yet refreshing, it almost feels as necessary as a breeze on a hot summer's day.
Within the first five seconds of the song, it is clear that Toro is taking his listeners down an iconic musical memory lane, one of 60s and 70s psychedelic rock. Imagine softening the edges of the introductory riff to “Sweet Emotion” combining it with a nostalgia induced, kaleidoscopic flare, and you have “Déjà Vù.” While still maintaining its roots in the 60s idyllic summer of love, “Déjà Vù” lies in a modern league of its own.
As he prepares to complete the cycle and release the album, there’s already an element of consistency found in singles like “The Loop,'' and “Postman,” in regards to 60s and 70s groove and rock, while also leaving room for modern outliers such as “Magazine.” Set to come out April 29th, MAHAL is panning out to be an eclectic mix founded on both familiar, and iconic sounds, which we can only hope to be as enchanting as this single.