Some of Toro y Moi's most grinning tracks are buried on his Woodlands demo, a circa 2009 batch of home-recorded fuzzy punk and anthemic folk wherein you could finally hear his voice through the chill. Years later, the South Carolina singer/producer has gotten better: "Buffalo" is the latest single from Toro's rock-leaning LP What For?, and it's still funky, with its snuggly, familiar snare drums. "When I started writing this song I was experiencing a bit of writer's block and this song was what pulled me out," Toro told FADER. "As soon as I wrote it, I knew it would set the tone for the entire album." Switching up sounds is daunting, and Toro's one of the few that do it confidently almost every go-round. Can't stop by if he never stops, he sings here, and we hope he keeps going.
March 03, 2015