KCRW's Top 30: Album of the year arrives, Gabriels greet 2022 with a soul stomper, and more

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Give Chaz Bear all of the flowers. Photo by Larry Hirshowitz.

In perhaps the least surprising turn of events imaginable, Toro y Moi’s 7th studio album “MAHAL” is out in full, and it’s racing past everything else on offer. And the collective affinity for gently swirling psychedelia is clear elsewhere throughout the list, as Aussie vibe-meisters The Lazy Eyes, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard both move up several spots. 

That’s not to say the chart is a total psych-fest this week, far from it. Our beloved Gabriels present their first single of 2022, and it’s a full-blown soul stomper aiming directly for the rafters. HAAi returns to the fold as excitement mounts for her rapidly approaching album “Baby, We’re Ascending.” And London-based, avant-jazz instrumentalist Ben Marc arrives at last.

1 Toro y Moi MAHAL
2 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs When the Lights Go
3 Gabriels One and Only [Single]
4 Melody's Echo Chamber Emotional Eternal
5 Braxe & Falcon Step By Step / Creative Source [Single]
6 Hot Chip Freakout/Release
7 Carrtoons Homegrown
8 Wet Leg Wet Leg
9 The Lazy Eyes SongBook
10 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Omnium Gatherum
11 Ron Trent What Do The Stars Say To You
12 Sofi Tukker WET TENNIS
13 Automatic Excess
14 Adrian Quesada Boleros Psicodélicos
15 Andrew Bird Inside Problems
16 Joy Downer feat. Beck Chain Reaction [Single]
17 The Smile A Light For Attracting Attention
18 Syd Broken Hearts Club
19 Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul Topical Dancer
21 HAAi Baby, We’re Ascending
22 Warpaint Radiate Like This
23 Mocky Get Down! (Before You Lose Control) [Single]
24 Supershy Happy Music b/w Something On My Mind [Single]
25 Jerry Paper Free Time
26 Girl Ultra El Sur
27 Ben Marc Glass Effect
28 Yaya Bey Remember Your North Star
29 Harvey Sutherland Boy
30 Jeshi Universal Credit